WATERTOWN – What a season it was for Watertown-Mayer junior Maggie Czinano. Not only did she record her 1,000th career point this season, but she also committed to continue her basketball career at the University of Minnesota.
Czinano also was an All-State selection for Class AA this season. Her monster season this year for the Royals also has earned her the Herald Journal Girls Basketball Player of The Year.
“Maggie has been selected as our offensive player of the year for the last two seasons,” W-M coach John Rosholt said. “She led the team in scoring, rebounding, minutes played, steals per game, and blocks. She served as one of the team captains for the season, and led the team to the Section 5AA runner-up.”
No matter who the Royals were playing, Czinano always seemed to bring her best. She averaged 21 points per game this season, while also averaging 8.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. She shot 41.8 percent from the field, while also leading the Royals in made 3-pointers (46).
Throughout the season, Czinano was held under 10 points just twice. One of those games came in a 70-17 blowout of Patrick Henry where Czinano played limited minutes.
Following the holiday break is when Czinano found her groove offensively. She scored 20 or more points in five of six games to open the new year, helping the Royals get on an impressive streak as a team.
Czinano also finished the season strong. In the Section 5AA tournament, she averaged 18.6 points per game despite being locked in by opponents’ defenses.
“As the season drew to a close, many teams focused their defenses on stopping Maggie,” Rosholt said. “In each of those games, she was never deterred by those defenses and continued to maintain her high level of play throughout the playoffs.”
While Czinano certainly draws a lot of attention offensively, and for good reason, she also does it on the other end of the floor. She led the team in rebounding (263) and steals (63) as she does it all for the Royals.
“Maggie was no slouch on the defensive end of the court as she has the athleticism to be a shut-down defender,” Rosholt said. “With her high basketball IQ, ball skills, athleticism, and fortitude, Maggie is on her way to becoming a complete basketball player.”