The 2017-2018 girls basketball season in the area was one to remember. Whether it was great games, or players reaching a career milestone, the season was filled with many moments to remember. Although none of the four local teams reached the state tournament this season, there was still plenty of talent on display in the local gyms.
Below is a look at the Herald Journal All-Area Girls Basketball Second Team.
MAGGIE CZINANO (WATERTOWN-MAYER)
While Maggie Czinano saw some time during the Royals’ state tournament run last season, few expected her to make the huge step forward this season that she did.
All season long, Czinano was a huge part of the Royals’ success, helping them clinch back-to-back Wright County Conference West titles.
The moment was never too big for the freshman guard. Against New London-Spicer, Czinano hit the game-winner for the Royals, going coast-to-coast for the huge win.
On the season, Czinano averaged 9.8 points a game, and will be a huge piece for the Royals for the next three seasons going forward.
“It’s a steep learning curve for any freshman starting at the varsity level in a team sport and it was no different for Maggie this season,” Watertown-Mayer coach John Rosholt said. “She met the challenges of her first full season with grace and determination and in the end, exceeded all expectations. Maggie gained confidence as the season progressed, and finished the season with an enhanced understanding of the game of basketball and the mental toughness needed to perform at a consistently high level.”
JENNA DOLEZAL (LP/HT)
There’s one player that made the offense go for the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity girls basketball team this season. That player is Jenna Dolezal.
Despite missing some time in the season, Dolezal was one of key players for the Bulldogs all season. Whether it was getting the fast break going, slicing and dicing through the lane, or guarding some of the opponent’s top players, Dolezal was a key piece to all of that.
Dolezal’s ability to get through the paint and start the fast break was key for the Bulldogs all season long. While she was out, the Bulldogs struggled with the rhythm of their offense.
EMMA MAAS (WATERTOWN-MAYER)
When the Royals needed a big shot, it seemed that senior Emma Maas was always able to deliver. She led the team in made 3-pointers (38), and averaged 6.8 points per game this season for the Royals.
Maas was much more than a plain old shooter though. She averaged 2.3 assists per game, and also racked up 44 steals this season.
“Emma was one of two players on this year’s team who really put in the time and effort after practice to improve her game,” Rosholt said. “She consistently stayed after practice working on her basketball skills. That effort and extra work paid off as she demonstrated why she was one of the most improved players on the floor this season. In addition to her ball skills, Emma is a great defender. Emma’s high basketball IQ coupled with her athleticism and determined attitude produces a very tenacious defender.”
KAYLA WEINZIERL (LP/HT)
With Madi Radtke, Hope Feltmann, and Steph Lohse gone from last year’s team, it was time for Weinzierl to step up.
Weinzierl gave the Bulldogs a nice presence inside this season. Her ability to run the floor and get out in transition made her a tough stop for opposing teams.
She had her ups and downs this season for the Bulldogs, but overall, Weinzierl was one of the top scorers for the Bulldogs leading them on e a run to the Section 4A semifinals this year as the No. 6 seed.
LILY DEBOER (HLWW)
When healthy, senior Lily DeBoer showed what she could do. What could she do? Try everything.
Whatever the Lakers needed, DeBoer gave them. Whether it was scoring, rebounding, steals, assists, or anything else, DeBoer simply had a knack for making plays this season.
DeBoer averaged 8 points per game, and 8.4 rebounds, per game. She also had 72 assists this season, to go along with 37 blocks and 62 steals.
“Lily was our backbone for our team,” HLWW coach Rick Baumann said. “She did all the little things to help our team be successful, and filled up the stat sheet on a nightly basis in several different areas. She guarded the other team’s leading scorer, whoever that was. Whether it was a point guard or a post player, and did a great job all season long for us. When teams took Alexa (Schumann) and CJ (Decker) away, Lily stepped up and scored for us or locked in defensively to give our team a chance to win. She did all this without complaining, and as a senior showing great leadership for our younger players. She also had six double-doubles, and extended her range this year on offense, being a 3-point threat for us.”