Lady Hawks go 1-1 in tip-off tournament


Evan Manion

Emma Dziezgowski takes a shot during the Lady Hawks’ game vs. Seneca Valley on Jan. 23.

Lady Hawk’s basketball is back in action and with something to prove. The team traveled to Oakland Catholic this weekend to compete in their season-opening tip-off tournament. 

The team kicked off the season against the defending 6A state champions North Allegheny on Friday.

The Lady Hawks had an outstanding start, leading 15-3 after the first quarter. The second quarter didn’t go as well, with the Tigers leading at the half 26-15. 

“We definitely need to communicate better on defense,” said Becky Gillenberger, a sophomore forward who had six points in the game.

Emma Dziezgowski, a Wheeling basketball commit, finished the game with a double-double, having 12 points and 14 rebounds.

The game ended with the Hawks falling to the Tigers 40-35. 

Saturday was a fresh start for the Lady Hawks who faced Obama Academy. The Lady Hawks jumped on the Eagles quickly and led 35-7 at the half.

“I thought we definitely stepped it up on defense in the second game,” said Emma Dziezgowski. “We were able to force more turnovers which led us into our transition offense.”

Dziezgowski finished the game with sixteen points, and junior guard Sophia Nath had thirteen points. The Hawks came away with the win over the Eagles, 51-18. 

The Lady Hawks are excited and have high expectations for upcoming section play.

“We can definitely place high in our section if we keep working hard,” said Dziezgowski.

The Lady Hawks open up section play at Hempfield High School on Dec. 16.

The Hempfield Spartans are currently sitting at 1-1 as well.