Westmoore's Brooke Hagemann takes a shot during the Jim Thorpe All-Star game June 2 at John Marshall High School

Brooke Hagemann’s prep basketball career didn’t go exactly as she had planned. After getting off to a strong start, her final two years at Westmoore were filled with injuries and defeats.

“I thought we would take giant steps forward,” Hagemann said. “But losing most of our starters my first year, then losing a couple of players my second year. Then Kabree this past year, there was never a full team. It was rough. I expected a different outcome.”

While Hagemann may not have had the career she wanted, she helped build the foundation.

“She has been a huge asset to our program and I couldn’t have imagined the last three years without her,” Westmoore coach Andrea Guziac said. “She may not have seen the number of wins she would have liked to, but I hope the strength and determination are better because of pushing herself through a few rough years here.”

Hagemann played in only 12 games as a senior due to an injury. It put a cap on a high school career she described as rough.

“It was OK in the beginning,” Hagemann said. “Then we went down hill my junior year. And then my senior year, it was going great. Broke my collar bone. It was a bummer. But I cheered my teammates on. I thought we did really, really well with what we had.”

In those dozen games, Hagemann averaged almost 10 points, 4.3 rebounds and just under two steals per game. For her career, she scored at a 7.5 clip per game and grabbed 3.5 rebounds.

While they were not overwhelming numbers, it was enough for the 5-foot-11 forward to get the opportunity to play college basketball. Hagemann’s will be playing for the University of Dallas next season.

“She was still at Brink junior high my first year here, but came in as a sophomore and played immediately,” Guziec said. “She has matured into a wonderful young lady on and off the court. I look forward to remaining friends with her and watching her play in college. I think they will be lucky to have her. She has a lot of potential still to reach and is a good competitor that will help bring out good things in her teammates.”

The Lady Crusaders went 14-13 last year in coach Jina Johansen’s first year with the program. They wrapped up their season by hosting the Association of Division III Independents’ (AD3I) Postseason Tournament. They lost to Nebraska Wesleyan University in their first tournament game but beat UC-Santa Cruz, 67-62, in the consolation round.

Hagemann is looking forward to starting her career over with the Lady Crusaders.

“I set some goals,” Hagemann said. “I want to break some records as a freshman. Continue to grow as a better basketball player.”

Hagemann knows college will be tough and she will have to work even harder than in high school. But she said that these past three seasons have taught her a lot about dealing with adversity.

“Just to never give up,” Hagemann said. “To fight through everything. Everything happens for a reason. Hopefully I will do better at the next level.”

Michael Kinney 366-3537


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