Katie Hahn has been the star of the show for the Wilmington High girls basketball team this season.
Hahn, a senior, was a captain last season but largely took a back seat, as she will attest, to star guard Lauren Frederick who finished second in the county with 13.3 points per game in her senior campaign.
With Frederick gone, Hahn has stepped into the spotlight, highlighted by a career-high 35-point performance in a 53-32 win over Union en route to earning Lawrence County High School Athlete of the Week honors. The award is presented by Washington Centre Physical Therapy and selected by the New Castle News sports staff.
Hahn’s performance came two days after setting her prior career-high of 25 points in a 48-45 win over Sharon and she added eight points in a 41-26 win over Mercer on Friday. The school record for single-game scoring at Wilmington is 51 points by Kris Travers in 1981-82.
“I knew last year that she’d be the senior go-to person this year,” Wilmington coach Rick Holzworth said. “So we made her a captain last year, but it was really almost in name alone because Lauren and Reilly (Hunt) really did the work. But it got Katie started on that road to being the leader.
“We’ve had to get her to be a bit more vocal and to be more aggressive offensive, but she’s responded.”
Prior to this season, Hahn’s career-high was 12 points, but she says she’s adjusting well to her new role.
“I was really nervous to start the season because I don’t have the shot she (Frederick) does,” Hahn said. “The game against Union helped because now I kind of know I can get my own shot.”
Hahn, who also is a standout on the soccer field, credits much of her improvement to Holzworth, who is in his second year coaching the Lady Greyhounds.
“It’s tough, that’s for sure,” she said. “We never really had that kind of culture in basketball. It’s been really tough to have to be that committed and he’s been on us about it, but it’s definitely paying off and I’m really thankful for it.”
Holzworth says that Hahn has does everything asked of her to make improvements and is an example of what he expects from his players.
“She put in the work this summer,” he said. “The results speak for themselves. She is our senior leader, she has to be and that’s what she’s been for us.”
The Lady Greyhounds are off to strong 4-1 start to the season, having reeled off four consecutive victories. Hahn, however, is wary of the up-and-down play that plagued Wilmington during her junior season.
“Last year it could go either way,” she said. “We knew were on the verge of being really good or on the verge of being not so good. So we have to find that balance this to avoid dropping backing down to where we were before.”
Should Hahn continuing her strong play, it will make finding that balance easier for Holzworth’s group.
“You can see it coming together,” he said. “She just needs to continue to play with confidence and hopefully the other girls will feed off of that energy.”