Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Hot-shooting Hawks top Wolverines

HAWKEN—Hawken found its shooting stroke early and rode that momentum to a 58-40 win over visiting West Geauga on Tuesday.

The Hawks opened the game on a 10-2 run with Julianna Pollard draining three 3-pointers in the early goings.

“I think we are blessed to have a lot of talented shooters, and it wasn’t just those shooters, we were able to create open looks for them by getting penetration and then kicking it out,” said Hawken coach David Murray. “The win was a total team effort.”

Hawken led 24-15 after the first quarter and 34-26 at halftime.

Maya Dori scored five of her 11 points in the third quarter as the Hawks increased their lead to 47-34. Dori added a four-point play in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

“I think we stayed composed, worked as a team, and did not let this rivalry get in our heads,” said Hawken junior guard Kate Bollinger, who finished with 11 points. “The energy is also a huge part of this win, as well as working together as a team.”

Pollard led Hawken with 12 points. Bollinger and Dori each had 11, while Makayla White contributed 10. Elizabeth Stupica and Shannon Shea both pitched in with six points.

Led by Pollard with four, Hawken drained nine 3-pointers in the win.

Alexa Hocevar led West Geauga with 12 points and Haley Ottman finished with nine. Ashlyn Drayer scored eight for the Wolverines.

“I think we need to work together, but we work hard and we struggled that first quarter and dug a hole that was hard to get ourselves out of,” Ottman said.

West Geauga will look to get back on track next week against Geneva.

“The best thing about this is we have two days to prepare for Geneva, which will be on our home floor and we will have a chance to bounce back in that one,” said West Geauga coach Brandon Stewart.

Hawken (2-1) will travel to Harvey on Friday. West Geauga (2-1) will host Geneva on December 3.

Brian Papesch
Papesch, an Orange High School and Notre Dame College graduate and life-long Cleveland fan, has a passion for all sports. He is focused on delivering accurate, informative, and amazing information on Northeast Ohio's finest teams and athletes.

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