Girls Basketball Passes First Road Test

By: Steven Redder

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. – On a night that was dominated by the colors of Honolulu Blue and Silver in the stands, the court was controlled by the Hawkeyes. As the Hamilton students honored their beloved teacher Mr. Hoppe, the Hawkeyes Basketball team was off and running against the Middleville Trojans, winning their second game of the season 62-28. The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

The Hawkeyes were working with a short bench with two players out, and were looking for a strong performance from some key players. That is exactly what they got from Junior Guard Joslyn Bronkhorst, as she finished with 17 points on the night. Fellow Juniors, Brooklyn Groenheide and Annaka Ediger, had 14 points apiece to help lead the Hawkeyes to victory.

Dan VanHekken, head coach for the team was very happy with the outcome. “A difference I noticed is I thought we handled the zone better. That was just us as coaches teaching it different, teaching it better so the girls were more comfortable playing against it.” Coach Vanhekken also says he expects this type of offensive explosion every game out of this team. “I don’t think we’ll have that one person that’s going to be the leading scorer every time, I think it will be hard for teams to scout us because I think we’ll have three or four girls that can be a leading scorer on any given night.”

After a defensive showdown in their first game, it was nice to see the Hawkeyes show off the damage this offense can produce. We’ll see if the Hawkeyes can keep up this pace as the take on the Hopkins Vikings at home on Friday, December 11.