Kewaunee ready to defend Div. 3 state girls basketball title
Written by Andrew Pekarek
KEWAUNEE ? Coming off its first state title and second straight state appearance, the cupboard is far from bare for the Kewaunee girls basketball team.
Although the Storm graduated five players off of last season?s WIAA Division 3 state championship squad, it returns five of its top eight scorers for 2012-13 and boasts six seniors overall.
The senior class won back-to-back youth state titles in middle school, but in order to duplicate the feat at the high school level, Kewaunee will need to reload its bench, where junior Amanda Bultman is the only underclassmen that saw significant minutes a year ago.
Playing in a tough Packerland Conference should help do that. The league saw three teams win regional titles last year and returns Oconto junior Laken James as the player of the year in addition to co-champion Algoma getting senior Taylor Schmidt ? the 2011 player of the year ? back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
With that being said, here?s a closer look at the Storm and its players that star in this week?s episode of Prep View.
Last season: 24-4 overall, 13-1 Packerland co-champion.
Coach: Lynn Geier, fifth year of second tenure, 10th overall (153-59).
Kiley Heim: 5-6 guard 2.8 points 2.5. rebounds
Heim was a solid defender off the bench and a capable scorer when asked last season, finishing third on the team with 11 treys. She?ll have an expanded role with the graduation of point guard Nicole Geier.
Jill Kleiman: 5-6 guard 9.7 points 3.2 steals 2.6 assists
The four-year starter recorded a team-high 49 3-pointers last season, including one that may have been the most important to the Storm?s tournament run. After trailing to Denmark by a double-digit defecit, Kleiman?s trey from halfcourt at the buzzer before halftime not only turned the momentum in helping the the Storm pull out a 50-41 regional final victory, but sparked it for the remainder of the postseason.
Amanda Kudick: 5-7 guard/forward 2.7 points 2.5 rebounds
A defensive stopper, Kudick plays bigger than her height, allowing her to play inside and outside. She came off the bench to score seven points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in a sectional semifinal victory against Brillion while helping to defend Michigan Tech. recruit Kylie Moxley.
Courtney Miller: 5-5 guard 0.6 points 0.5 rebounds
A first team all-conference player on the softball diamond, Miller will see an expanded role in the backcourt after playing in 10 games last season.
Alex Richard: 6-0 center 9.4 points 5.6 rebounds
With the graduation of Algoma?s Karissa LeCaptain, Richard has the potential to be the best post player in the Packerland. She?s also the only returning player on the team that is listed as at least 5-foot-10 following the graduation of three players who were at least that height, including leading scorer Marissa Selner.
Kelsey Stangel: 5-9 forward 5.0 points 5.3 rebounds
After leading the Packerland Conference in scoring in 2010-11, a knee injury sustained in the first contest last season limited her to nine regular-season games before she returned for the playoffs, where she grabbed 14 rebounds in the D3 championship game.
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20121129/GPG020503/311290423?nclick_check=1 (Link also contains video interview with Alex Richard and Kelsey Stangel
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