CEDAR RAPIDS — One need not look far to find the most prolific scorers in the history of Coe women’s basketball.
They all currently reside on the same bench.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said first-year Coe Coach Kayla Waskow, who will lead Coe into an Iowa Conference game against Luther Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kohawk Arena. “We don’t put a ton of emphasis on it, but it is pretty cool to see that you’ve got the four leading scorers involved in the program and I think that is no surprise that we’re all being successful.”
Waskow, 28, graduated from Coe in 2013 as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,583 points. Two of her pupils are catching up quick. Senior Aleena Hobbs – who already owns the school record for career rebounds at 712 – is just 47 points away from tying her coach in points.
“It means a lot to me,” Hobbs said. “It’s definitely exciting to be able to accomplish something like that, but I definitely credit it to my coaches and my teammates because they are the ones to help get me to where I am.”
Senior Jenna Lehman is fourth with 1,353 points, just 41 points away from first-year Coe assistant coach Mickey Hansche, who wrapped up her own stellar playing career last season with 1,394 points.
“She’s been in our footsteps, she knows what we’ve been through,” Lehman said of Hansche. “Playing with her for three years, it’s really cool that now she gets to coach us and give us tips and pointers and she sees things that we don’t see, so it’s a new perspective.”
The quartet are all products of the state of Iowa. Waskow played at Dunkerton, while Hansche (Iowa City High), Hobbs (Cedar Rapids Washington) and Lehman (Iowa City Regina) are from area schools.
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“I never really thought that I would by myself be this successful in college,” Hobbs said. “At Wash, I was really good but I never really imagined that I could be this good in college and I thank my coaches for believing in me.”
As one would expect, all records take a backseat to wins and losses and the Kohawks (12-9, 9-3 IIAC) have strung together eight wins in a row and have already clinched a berth in the Iowa Conference tournament.
“We told our girls early on,” Waskow said. “If they continue to buy in to what we are teaching them, which is defense and believing in ourselves and our roles. That is really starting to play out over the last few weeks.”
For Hobbs and Lehman, Waskow is their third head coach in four years.
“I think it has really showed that us seniors and some of the juniors that have gone through it have really adapted well to change and been open-minded to getting new coaches,” Hobbs said. “It’s definitely something that you never really want to happen when you’re coming to a school, but it’s OK when it does because all of the coaches that I’ve had, they’ve all connected in some way and I connected to them in some way.”
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