Dribbling passed the competition

Aidan Ebner, Writer

With a new season on the horizon and a finished floor in the gymnasium of OHS, the OHS girls basketball team’s season is underway.  After finishing up their preseason open gyms, captain’s practices and tryouts, the girls are pumped to finally play. Senior Lexi Langeland said, “We work hard everyday at practice so that we can achieve our goals in the postseason.” A new addition to the coaching staff for the upcoming season provides the program with new excitement.  Head Coach Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa, who was recently hired at the position this past offseason, comes into the season excited to coach the team. Hugstad-Vaa said, “I am excited by the start of the season and think we have a lot of talent coming back on the team. We have a well-rounded team with strength inside and outside with our guards. Our goals are to finish in the top three for our Conference and top two in Sections.”

The girls started out the year on Thursday, Dec.1 against Rosemount, losing 66-41. The Big 9 play kicked off at home on the new floor against Mankato East on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a 74-46 Owatonna victory. The following week, the girls traveled to Mankato West on Dec. 6 and beat the Scarlets 66-61.  Following the two straight wins, the Huskies took on nonconference rival Lakeville South at home on Dec. 8, beating the Cougars 69-60 and increasing their win streak to three games.  The next night, Friday, Dec. 9 they picked up another conference win taking down Albert Lea 81-45. The girls are now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big 9. With a hot start to their season, the Huskies are looking to make some noise this year. Senior Megan Peglow said, “The season is going good so far. We’re playing well as a team and moving the ball around.” Catch the red-hot Huskies in their next game at home on Tuesday, Dec.13 against the Northfield Raiders at 7:30.