CROWN POINT | Hannah Albrecht is used to being introduced one way.
"This is Spike's sister."
Some day, she'd be happy to hear someone introduce Spike Albrecht as "Hannah's brother."
"Everyone when they introduce me, they say, 'this is Spike's little sister,' and I say, 'he's MY brother, I'm not his sister, he's MY brother," said Hannah, a Crown Point point guard.
Hannah is the youngest Albrecht, the last in a long line of Bulldogs point guards and the only girl. Her older brothers Stephen (Brown) and Spike (Michigan) played for the C.P. boys basketball team, parlaying their skills into Division I scholarships.
She talks strategy at home and her successes and failures come with help in how to improve.
"I watch them, I watched Spike and my older brother, Stephen, over and over, especially Spike because he is my exact position," Hannah Albrecht said. "I watch what he does, how he moves, what decisions he makes and he helps me out with what to do, what not to do, my position. I'm really grateful to have them help me."
"She realizes that she goes home, it's not just 'you had a great game, honey,' they're going to critique her game," coach Annie Equihua said. "Her brothers are at her games and they're hard on her. It's a good thing and I think that's why she's as good as she is because she's been a gym rat since she was a little kid."
Albrecht was dropped into the position last season, as a freshman, when the Bulldogs desperately needed a point guard. She had her bumps and bruises as Crown Point worked through a 5-16 season.
"I came from eighth grade, and so I think some of my decisions last year were childish," Albrecht said. "Things I thought would work and obviously they didn't at this level, so I had to adjust my game a little bit to bigger players and better players."
"Last year, for a freshman coming in and starting and playing in the Duneland Conference, she did a fantastic job," Equihua said. "Every freshman, regardless of what they're playing, feels like there's this pecking order and they're a freshman and they're not allowed to do this. We kept telling her: 'there is no pecking order, you're it.' That's a lot of responsibility to come in and run the show."
As the season progressed, so did Albrecht's game. The Bulldogs lost in the first round of the sectional to Michigan City.
"We knew when she was young that she was going to be good, she showed signs of this early on," Equihua said. "Last year's game against Michigan City in the sectional, she dominated, absolutely dominated. She made steal after steal and even (Michigan City coach Mike) Megyese said to me that she was the best player tonight, and she was."
The Bulldogs opened this year 4-1, as the defense has improved and the pieces have started to fit together. Albrecht is seeing the floor better and taking different shots.
Equihua, who was also a point guard at Crown Point and the youngest of four children and the only girl, said that she sees a little of herself in Albrecht.
"She's a way better ball handler," Equihua said. Then she grinned. "And she's not as mouthy.
"If you know Hannah and her personality, she's not the loudest person in the world, but she leads in different ways. We tell her, you're in charge of where everyone else is supposed to be so if someone is out of position, it's her fault, and she knows it."
Albrecht hopes to be the next Division I athlete in her family. To get there, she's not adverse to the work that needs to be done.
"(Spike) tells me how much different it is," Albrecht said. "The girls are much quicker and stronger and wiser. I have to be more focused with my passes and be more precise. He says that turnovers are the worst thing in college basketball, so he's all against that with me. I have to be smarter about those things."