Hickory enters tournament play undefeated

Some rather big records were broken in Western Pennsylvania this year.  The Hickory girls became the first Mercer County basketball team to finish the regular season undefeated, in 27 years.  Now the Hornets are looking to swarm the tournament.

“I think it’s something that we’ve always wanted,” says Hickory senior Nikki Arbanas.

“This is definitely a dream,” continues Shawna Moore.  “It’s amazing.”

Senior Holly Grober adds, “The last four years have all been great, but this is definitely the best one.”

“I thank God that we got it done,” says Hickory head coach Jeanette Whitehead.

Undefeated.  22-0.  Perfect.  Those are just a select few words to describe the first undefeated season in Hickory history.

Whitehead continues, “One game at a time.  Each game coming into it, we were 1-0.  1-0.  And, it was a new beginning.  So for us, looking at it that way, and as the season progressed, it ended up, 22-0.”

“We have all of our starters back from last year, and our two seniors from last year set a really great example for us, so we knew we really had to step in here and lead this team,” says Grober.

“If we believe in ourselves, we know that we can do anything that we want to achieve,” explains Arbanas.

Senior Jasmine Shephard says, “It gets us really hype and it helps us motivate us to be like, we can we win this.  We just got to come out and play.”

But 22-0 isn’t good enough for these girls.  They want more.

Grober adds, “D-10 championship is definitely a big thing for us, and I don’t think there’s any limit on far we can go in state playoffs either.”

“We know it’s one and out from here on,” says Arbanas.  “So, we’re not going to change the way that we think going into games, but we definitely have to be prepared and work hard because we know that if we lose, then we’re done.”

“This was a great feat and the next step, now the 22-0 is behind us.  When we step on the floor on Saturday, everyone is 0-0,” concludes Whitehead.

The District 10 tournament begins this weekend, and Hickory will start their playoff run against Conneaut on Saturday at 5:30pm at Kennedy Catholic high school.

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