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Badgers lead girls all-area basketball squad

by Mike Ramczyk

March 28, 2013

Last week, we came out with the very first Lake Geneva Regional News all-area basketball team.

Faith Christian's Adam Montsma was the player of the year for a boys squad that featured four Eagles, three Bulldogs, two Badgers and two Chiefs.

This week, the winter sports season lives on with the unveiling of the inaugural girls squad.

The Badger girls had the best record among the four area teams this season, finishing 16-8 and advancing to the regional finals. Big Foot, Williams Bay and Faith Christian all suffered losing records and fell in the first round of the playoffs.

Though the team success was down as a whole, several individuals stood out thanks to their talents and hard work.

So, without further adieu, I bring to you the 2013 Lake Geneva Regional News all-area girls basketball team.

First team

Karina Reeves, senior, Badger (player of the year)

After missing 14 games as a junior due to an off-the-court violation, the 5-foot-9 all-around threat starred for the Badgers this season.

Reeves played in all 24 games this season and led the team in scoring (12.8), rebounding (7.0) and steals (2.9) per game.

A consistent scorer, Reeves scored in double digits 19 times including a season high of 26 against Union Grove. She connected on 23 triples and also led the team in free-throw shooting by making 67.9 percent.

A speed demon who also competes in cross country and track, Reeves can get anywhere on the court in a hurry. She can drive the lane and finish in traffic as well as knock down shots from distance. Defensively, she caused all types of fits for the opposing team's best players.

Reeves has been selected to play in the Division 1 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-star game this summer and has plans to play college basketball. She was a first team all-Southern Lakes selection.

Josie Bauscher, senior, Williams Bay

The 6-foot center wrapped up a stellar career with the Bulldogs as a constant double-double threat down low.

Bauscher's strength inside yet touch around the basket made her a scoring threat offensively as well as a road block defensively. She was second on the team with 8.3 points per game but led the conference with 11.6 rebounds per contest.

Bauscher provided a defensive presence as well, with 1.8 blocks per contest. In a win at Trinity Academy, Bauscher tallied 17 points, 25 rebounds and four blocks. She had 10 or more rebounds in 17 games and three or more blocks in nine games.

Bauscher earned honorable mention on the all-Trailways Conference team.

Tristan Sproul, senior, Badger

The 5-foot-8 Sproul, much like Reeves, was kind of a do-it-all, complete guard.

She earned second team all-conference honors thanks to defensive wizardry and a versatile offensive arsenal. A two-year captain and four-year varsity performer, Sproul averaged 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest.

An inside-outside threat, Sproul knocked down 22 3-pointers but also had the ability to dribble the ball coast-to-coast in transition.

Sproul scored in double digits five times, including a season-high 15 points in a win over Waterford.

Stephanie Espinosa, senior, Badger

Espinosa proves big things come in small packages. The 5-foot-5 point guard was the unquestionable floor general for the Badgers this season.

After leading the conference in assists as a junior, Espinosa provided an encore of 2.8 dimes per contest, good for third in the Southern Lakes. An honorable mention all-SLC selection, Espinosa facilitated the dangerous Badger offense. Defensively, she was a pickpocket, accounting for 2.7 steals per game.

Espinosa had the ability to run the offense, score in transition and hit shots from outside. She drained 13 from long range this season.

Claire Canda, senior, Williams Bay

One of the best pure shooters in the area, Canda's deadly accuracy from 15 feet helped the Lady Bulldogs flourish on offense. An all-around player that combines finesse with strength around the basket, the 5-foot-8 guard was an honorable mention all-Trailways selection and the team MVP.

The team's main perimeter scorer, Canda also ran the point. Coach Mike Coolidge said Canda was the team's best defensive player as well. And the numbers back up that claim.

Canda led the team in scoring (9.3 points), assists (1.2) and steals (3.0) per game. She added 7.1 rebounds per contest. Canda was a four-year varsity player.

Honorable mention

Alida Knudtson, jr., Faith Christian

The 5-foot-10 junior center stepped up her game this season, according to Faith Christian coach Dick Ackatz.

A first team all-Indian Trails honoree, Knudtson led the Eagles in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Her 11.6 points-per-game average was one of the top totals in Walworth County all season.

Knudtson showed a strong ability to score in the paint, with 11 games in double digits scoring. She could also step out and knock down a 10- to 15-foot jumper. She scored a season-high 20 points in a win over Maranatha Baptist and went off for 18 points in a key late-season victory over Kenosha Reuther.

Knudtson is an early favorite for player of the year next season.

Molly Kovarik, senior, Big Foot

Not a lot went right for the Lady Chiefs in Mike Dowden's first year as head coach as Big Foot won four games, but the 5-foot-10 Kovarik did her best to lead her team.

She earned honorable mention all-Rock Valley Conference thanks to 6.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest. She was voted team MVP and was also team captain. Dowden said Kovarik was the most vocal leader on the floor.

A versatile talent, Kovarik's size allowed her score inside but she could also knock down outside shots. An efficient scorer, Kovarik shot 46 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the line.

Jen Petkoff, senior, Big Foot

The 5-foot-8 guard recovered from ACL surgery and played in only 20 games, but her presence was felt on the floor. Though her numbers were down from the previous year, Dowden said Petkoff had a solid year. She averaged 6.4 points per game and had a season-high total of 14.

Petkoff was an honorable mention all-Rock Valley selection. For her career, she scored 609 points (8.1 points per game). Petkoff had a rare combination of strength and speed and possessed touch from beyond the arc.

Taylar Keenan, senior, Badger

The top outside shooter in the area with 28 3-pointers, the 5-foot-9 guard got better as the season went on.

She averaged 6.5 points per game, but the three-year varsity player performed best in the team's last six games. Keenan was red-hot down the stretch, averaging 11.1 points per game and hitting 13 of 34 from long range in Badger's final six games (5-1 record). Keenan had a season-high 17 points twice, including five triples at Waterford.

Badger coach David Jooss said Keenan was a clutch shooter and a very good defender.

Morgan Courier, freshman, Big Foot

The 5-foot-8 guard made a splash in her first year on varsity.

The younger sister of former Big Foot star Jordyn Courier, who college basketball for Division 1 Southern Illinois, is picking up where her sister left off on the offensive end of the court. Morgan led the Lady Chiefs with 6.9 points per game, and, just like Jordyn, showed an ability to shoot from outside and slash to the hoop.

Morgan scored a season high of 15 points and was solid from the field (46.2 percent) and the foul line (75 percent).

Courier demonstrated solid passing skills as well and had a knack for the ball on the defensive end.

Look for Morgan to lead the Lady Chiefs to new heights in the future.

Maisy Alldredge, sophomore, Faith Christian

A point guard star in the making, the 5-foot-5 guard was the Lady Eagles' second-leading scorer this season with 6.8 points per game.

Coach Dick Ackatz said Alldredge is a true point guard and will lead the team next season.

Alldredge scored a season-high 15 points and totaled double digits four times. Her greatest asset was her 3-point shooting. Alldredge hit 21 triples for the season, and she knocked down three from beyond the arc in three different games.

Alldredge and Knudtson led Faith to an 8-11 record, and the duo should have the Lady Eagles in the conference title hunt next season.