Whitman’s Hatch Pursuing College Basketball Dream

Whitman’s Hatch Pursuing College Basketball Dream

Rising junior feels “infinitely better” than during freshman year.


Marie Hatch helped the Whitman girls’ basketball team win 20 consecutive games during the 2013-14 season.

Marie Hatch was one of the 2012-13 Whitman girls’ basketball team’s best players as a freshman prior to a shoulder injury that forced her to miss a large portion of the season. The following year, Hatch earned all-division honors and led the Vikings in scoring, helping the team win 20 consecutive games.

Now a rising junior, Hatch feels much improved mentally and physically as she chases her dream of playing college basketball. She recently participated in a Q&A via email.

Q: What kind of basketball-related activities have you done this summer?

Hatch: I have been doing a lot of training for basketball, like strength and agility and summer league, as well as AAU.

Q: Do you have any interest in playing college basketball?

Hatch: I would really love to play college basketball and am currently pursuing that dream.

Q: You're entering your junior year. How do you feel now as a basketball player compared to when you were a freshman?

Hatch: I feel infinitely better now than as a freshman. Physically, I am much stronger, faster, and quicker thanks to intense offseason training. I have a lot more confidence and am more mentally sharp/can deal with challenges or setbacks better.

Q: You suffered a shoulder injury during your freshman year that caused you to miss much of the season. How did that injury, and the work it took to return, affect you as a basketball player?

Hatch: If anything, the shoulder injury led to me being more resilient. Not being able to play for so long reminded me just how much I love the game.

Q: At what age did you start playing basketball?

Hatch: I started playing basketball at the age of 5.

Q: Whitman won 20 games in a row last season before losing to Kennedy in the sectional final. How would you describe the way you felt after the Kennedy loss?

Hatch: Well, obviously, I felt very disappointed because we had beaten Kennedy in the regular season and knew we were capable of doing so again. There was also frustration that I had let my team down with a less-than-stellar performance.

Q: Who is your favorite music artist? Why?

Hatch: I really like Bob Marley because his songs have nice soothing beats and they just put me in a good mood.

Q: What is your favorite food?

Hatch: My favorite food would probably be gnocchi with red sauce and a little cheese.

Q: What is your favorite hobby outside of basketball?

Hatch: I like cooking and hiking in addition to basketball.

Q: What location is the farthest you have traveled from the Washington, D.C. metro area?

Hatch: My family sometimes goes to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and I have gone to California.

Q: Are you a pro sports fan? If so, who are your favorite teams?

Hatch: I am kind of a pro sports fan, but college basketball and football are better, in my opinion. My favorite pro basketball team is the OKC Thunder, especially Kevin Durant. I also like the Chicago Bulls.