The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association wrapped up it's 35th annual all-star game festivities this past Saturday at the JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. One hundred of the top graduating senior hoopsters and 30 coaches took place in the games and together with the boys teams were able to raise $129,000 for the MACC Fund.
This was the first year the games were held in Dells, and the area did not disappoint. The players were treated to the Tommy Bartlett water show, a lunch boat ride, the Great Wolf Lodge, Buffalo Phil's and a classy banquet at the Kalahari. The JustAgame Fieldhouse, with their new Court of Champions expansion, proved to be a perfect spot for the games. The crowds were big but not over crowded and provided a great atmosphere.
As for the games themselves, below is a breakdown of the five contests.
Division 1: South 65, North 59
The South team jumped out early then held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by a short-handed North squad to claim a 65-59 win in the Division 1 WBCA Girls All-Star game at the JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. Brookfield Central forward Anna Liewen was the game's top scorer, pouring in 20 points for the South, including 14 in the second half.
Milwaukee King forward Avyanna Young had all 7 of her points in the first quarter as the South squad used its size advantage to take a 20-5 lead after one period. The North rallied behind a pair of second quarter triples from Marshfield's Taylor Varsho, who led the team with 19 points for the game, to pull within 28-18 at halftime, but the South group pulled away in the third quarter. Liewen, Young, and Pius' Aly Matkovich scored all 25 of the South teams points as they took a 53-29 lead into the final period. The North team wouldn't go away however, scoring 29 fourth-quarter points, but it was too late as the South team hung on for the win.
Division 2: South 65, North 64
After falling behind early, the South team rallied and won an exciting, back and forth affair over the North squad 65-64 in the Division 2 WBCA Girls All-State game at the JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. With her team trailing by 1 in the final seconds, Miss Basketball Nicole Bauman of New Berlin Eisenhower fired a pass to South teammate Abbie Reeves of Westosha Central, who was fouled with 4.3 seconds left. Reeves drained both free throws and the North's final possession came up empty.
Jordyn Swan paced the South team with 19 points while Bauman battled foul trouble but managed to chip in 11 points to go with 4 assists and 4 rebounds. The North squad featured well-balanced scoring, with New London teammates Bridget Pethke and Tara Knapstein leading the way with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Division 3: South 76, North 59
The Division 3 South team controlled the game the entire way, pulling away for a 76-59 victory against the North squad at the WBCA All-Star game in Wisconsin Dells' JustAGame Fieldhouse. Sydney Tepley put on a dominating performance, scoring a game-high 20 points to go along with 18 rebounds.
The South squad led 23-17 at the end of the first quarter, then opened the game up with a 22-12 advantage in the second quarter to take a 45-29 lead into halftime and didn't look back from there. All ten players on the South roster got in the scoring column, with Ripon's Taylor VanderPlas joining Tepley in double-figures with 11. Four North players reached double-figures: Brillion's Kylie Moxley (15 points, 9 rebounds), Mishicot's Krista Kadow (10 points), Aquinas' Jenny Gallagher (10 points), and Roncalli's Kaylee Suettinger (10 points).
Division 4: North 79, South 54
With an outstanding interior duo and strong play from its guards, the North team jumped out early and put the game away late in a 79-54 victory over the South in the Division 4 WBCA Girls All-Star Game at the JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. Algoma forward Karissa LeCaptain and Oshkosh Lourdes forward Lexie Petermann controlled the paint for the North, combining for 35 points and 15 rebounds.
As she did in helping her team to the Division 4 state title game, Oshkosh Lourdes guard Teenie Lichtfuss played an outstanding all-around game, scoring 14 points while adding 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Algoma's Lindsey Kirchman added 11 points for the North. Against the North team's strong defense, Howards Grove guard Alexis Lindstrom was the only South player to reach double-figures, pouring in 15 points.
Division 5: South 81, North 57
Doing significant damage from the free throw line, the South team scored an 81-57 win over the North in the Division 5 WBCA Girls All-Star game at Wisconsin Dells' JustAGame Fieldhouse. The South team went 22 of 34 from the free throw line and played stifling defense to hold the North to just 29.7% shooting on the day.
With Washburn's Stefanie Siroin out with an injury for the North, the South team took advantage of its size advantage to pound the ball inside. Southwestern forward Katelyn Hoppman led the way with 13 points,7 rebounds and 3 blocks while Belmont's Kailee Kamps (12 points), Augusta's Allie Nelson (11 points), and Fall River's Emma Waterworth (10 points) also reached double-figures. Gresham guard Larissa Cerveny was the game's top scorer, pouring in 15 points for the North, while Newman Catholic's Sarah Connolly added 11.