Kee girls basketball team plays to 7-15 season record as one of greatest careers in program history comes to a close

The 2021-2022 Kee girls basketball team played to a 7-15 season record, posting its lowest win total in over 10 years when the Lady Hawks recorded a 7-14 season mark during the 2010-2011 campaign. This year’s 7-15 overall mark included a 5-11 result in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play that placed the Kee girls in a tie for fifth place in the final UIC standings with a South Winneshiek squad the Lady Hawks split two games with during the regular season.

Despite having just nine players on this season’s roster - only six of whom were not playing in their first year of high school basketball, the Kee girls had several of their losses this season come by just single digits to teams from larger schools and that finished ahead of them in the final UIC team standings.

Those narrow defeats included a 62-56 loss to Class 3A New Hampton, a 47-41 slip at Class 3A North Fayette Valley, and a 38-35 near-upset of a Class 2A MFL/MarMac squad that finished as the undefeated UIC champion this season.

“Competing in most every game and finishing in the middle of the pack in a very tough conference, and also playing close games in out of conference games against bigger schools,” Kee girls basketball coach Ben Wagner listed as this season’s highlights. “With just six upperclassmen, and sometimes only five due to injuries and such, we were able to compete. Hopefully, that experience of close games will help us in the future.”

Even though this season’s win numbers may not have been the program’s best, the player leading the way for the Lady Hawks this season is, indeed, the best in program history and among the best in the entire state of Iowa this season. Senior Reagan Mudderman not only paced the Hawks in so many statistical categories this season, but also set a number of new records at game, season and career levels, and also finished among the best in the entire state of Iowa with those marks. The senior four-year starter led the entire state of Iowa this season with an average of 6.7 steals per game and also finished fifth among all players this season with her scoring average of 24.3 points per game, a number that ranked her second among Class 1A players this winter.

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