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West Delaware girls' basketball looking for growth

HS journalism: Young Hawks hopes to surprise foes

West Delaware’s Georgie Hilby, the only senior on hist year’s roster, plays defense against Vinton-Shellsburg. The Hawks lost the game, 21-20, after Vinton hit a buzzer beater. (Danielle Krogmann/West Delaware junior)
West Delaware’s Georgie Hilby, the only senior on hist year’s roster, plays defense against Vinton-Shellsburg. The Hawks lost the game, 21-20, after Vinton hit a buzzer beater. (Danielle Krogmann/West Delaware junior)

MANCHESTER — After losing six seniors last year, the West Delaware girls’ basketball team is entered the 2018-2019 season as an underdog.

Going into the season with such a young team — only one senior — Coach Rodney Conrad had confidence, but also knew the Hawks can’t lose focus.

“We are young this year but, hopefully, we can grow at a quick pace,” Conrad said. “That comes with everyone being a good teammate and encouraging each other to work hard.

“We may lack some experience, but this team makes up for it in effort.”

The girls are eager for the season. Junior Allison Collier thinks the Hawks can use this lack of pressure as advantage this winter — and next.

“Other teams won’t think of us as being anything special, so I think it would be cool to go out and surprise some people,” Collier said. “Also, it will help because most of our team will be the same this year and next year.”

West Delaware is 1-3. losing to Western Dubuque, Benton Community and a nail-biter to Vinton-Shellsburg. The lone win was a 39-32 decision over Independence.

“Goals for this young team are to never be satisfied,” Conrad said. “We need to get better every possession on the floor and every practice in the gym.”

The Hawks home tonight against Center Point-Urbana (3-1).

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