Girls Basketball Powers Through a Tough, Abbreviated Schedule

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Senior Ashley Nitschke taking a shot against Franklin.

Kate Shanahan, Sports/Op Ed Editor

The Lady Raiders Basketball team has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs this year with a record of 3-4 so far in their shortened season. Under the leadership of new Head Coach Courtney Tierney, the Lady Raiders have tackled tough opponents and faced COVID-19 restrictions. Without fans in the stands, the Lady Raiders had to generate their own energy to replicate the usual charged, game-day atmosphere.

Last night, Feb. 25, the Lady Raiders took on Watchung Hills for the second time this season and celebrated their Senior Night. Although the Raiders fell short, it was a wonderful celebration for the graduating seniors as they ended their HHS basketball careers. Each senior was commemorated before the game began and instead of the typical locker room decorations, the underclassmen decorated the seniors’ cars.

“With this year’s ups and downs we definitely came together as a team to make the most of the season,” senior Ashley Nitschke said. “We played even better with each game and it was such a fun season.”

The season highlight thus far goes to the high-scoring game against Watchung Hills at the beginning of the season when the Raiders secured the win with a score of 80-68. During this game, junior guard Morgan Hodorowski was the high scorer and earned 23 of the Raiders’ points followed by junior Olivia Gaspar, who secured 19 additional points for the Raiders.

While the Raiders only have one regular-season game left against the Hunterdon Central Red Devils on Saturday, Feb. 27, they will continue their season in the Skyland Conference Tournament on March 1 against Rutgers Prep.