Like most hunters, Hawkins is a survivor. In fact, she overcame tearing both of her anterior cruciate ligaments in her knees during her high school career and missed two seasons. Despite the absences, she earned All-District honors in her senior year, as well as the All-Parker County Team, and helped the Lady Kangaroos reach the playoffs.
During that time, she also gave some thought to her future. She’s still trying to figure out her major, but ultimately she thinks it will probably have something to do with basketball.
“For those two years [injured, and on the bench], I was like an assistant coach,” she said. “Then I came back strong because of the people around me. I felt like I needed to prove myself and show that nothing was going to set me back.”
Hawkins said the knees are now 110 percent better than before, and she’s ready to help the Lady Coyotes return to the NJCAA National Tournament.
“We’re in the hunt for a national championship,” she said with a grin.