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April 4, 2014

Wade top girls newcomer

WAURIKA — Waurika freshman Hannah Wade showed her coach Garett Hodges last summer how good she was at basketball.

“By the third scrimmage at summer camp, it was obvious she was going to start,” Hodges said.

Wade led the Eagles with 12.8 points per game. Her strong play throughout the season earned her The Duncan Banner All-Area Girls Basketball Newcomer of the Year.

“I’m really excited,” Wade said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to play for a great team.”

Wade credited Waurika’s seniors for helping her acclimate to her starting role.

“They told me how it was going to be and really made me feel comfortable,” she said. “They weren’t putting all the pressure on me.”

Hodges praised Wade’s teammates for accepting the freshman as a starter and the go-to player. It became evident throughout the season how important she was.

“A couple of times this season, she got into foul trouble,” Hodges said, “and (her value) became obvious as we struggled to score.”

Wade got to play alongside her older sister, Megan. The two hadn’t played together since their days attending Grandview, an independent K-8 school. Hannah said it was fun to with Megan, a junior, on the basketball court again.

Hannah Wade has played basketball since the third grade. She was involved in The Simmons Center youth league, which she credits for getting her ready for the junior and senior high levels, given how much practce players had. She loved the fast pace and the team aspect.

“It was so much fun,” Wade said. “I loved the non-stop action and how you have to keep it going throughout the game.”

The Eagles had a good mix of senior leadership and younger players this past season. Although some good seniors will graduate, Wade looks forward to the offseason. She, her sister and the rest of their teammates will play in AAU programs, then join Hodges for the summer camps planned.

“I’m really excited for what’s coming up,” Wade said.

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