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KOAA Athlete of the Week: Hannah Simental, Pueblo West Lady Cyclones

Posted at 12:08 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 08:59:40-05

PUEBLO WEST — She is one of the five seniors on the No. 1 ranked Pueblo West girls basketball, but Hannah Simental isn't just another hooper.

Since her freshman year at West, Simental has been the point guard for the Lady Cylcones, a role she has grown to love.

"I want to make sure everyone is in the right spot and everyone knows what is going on," explained the senior Simental. "Sometimes it gets a little loud in the gym so I have to project a little bit. Just to make sure everyone is organized."

And her coach Gil Lucero could not agree more about his floor general.

"She knows she needs her teammates to get to the goal we have set," said Lucero.

As for the future of this Steel City star, she plans to stay in the Centennial state as Simental has been committed to the University of Northern Colorado since her junior year.

"Staying close to home was big for me," said Simental, who wants to be close to her family. " I never really thought about representing Colorado, but its something nice to have on my back."

But aside from all the accolades, there is one goal that alludes this future Lady Bear and that is a state championship.

"Everybody is here to get to that state title," explained Simental. "And I think as seniors we realize this is our last shot and that really hit deep for me because my brother won a state title. My sister never got to, she got so close. I got pretty close my freshman year and I want to get back there and know what the feeling is like."

Sounds like a storybook ending waiting to happen.