Penfield junior Margot Hetzke has been dominating the low post for years.
“I think I was about 5’7” by sixth grade,” said Hetzke. “I was the big scary kid on the playground.”But despite leveling out around 5’11”, Hetzke’s game continued to grow. She’s already the school’s second all-time leading scorer, and could surpass Ashley McMillan for the record later this season.
“It’s incredible how you look at numbers,” said Hetzke. “You don’t look at yourself like ‘wow I could be there’, but then all of a sudden you’re like ‘I wonder if that could be me’ or ‘who’s next.” But the most remarkable thing about Hetzke’s record is her team record. After going 8-12 in her first varsity season, Penfield is 47-2.“Eighth grade she came up, we put her on the blocks, and she learned the system,” said Penfield head coach Mark Vogt. “But it was a big learning curve. She was only 13-years old. I think if you saw Margot play as a fifth grader, you were like, this kid is going to be pretty good.”
But there’s still one thing Hetzke is missing.“Freshman year we made it to sectional finals. Gates outplayed us, and we were like ‘that’s not happening again.’ Then we win sectionals, we go to state finals. Now this year it’s not enough to just get there.”Hetzke herself will tell you the Patriots still have a long way to go. But judging by recent history, it’s hard to be against them