FAB FIVE: Five area girls basketball players to watch this season

Once again, the area is loaded with talented girls’ basketball players. With a strong senior class in the area, as well as some younger players taking steps forward, there will be plenty of exciting basketball to watch this winter.

Below is a look at five of the top girls’ basketball players in the Herald Journal coverage area to watch this season.

Marissa Radtke (LP/HT)

Back for her junior season, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity’s Marissa Radtke returns as one of the top players in the area. After a big season last year, Radtke will be looking to carry that over into this year.

In her sophomore season, Radtke averaged 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals per game. She’ll look to duplicate those numbers once again as she continues to improve. With nearly everyone back for the Bulldogs this season, Radtke and her squad have their sights set high as they’ll look to chase a conference and section title.

Lexi Schermann (Mayer Lutheran)

There’s not many things that Mayer Lutheran’s Lexi Schermann can’t do on a basketball court. Back for her senior year and first full season with the Crusaders, Schermann looks to help Mayer Lutheran get over the hump this season.

In her first year with Mayer Lutheran a season ago, Schermann averaged just under 14 points a game for the Crusaders. With a chance to play a full season now, Schermann could emerge as one of the top players in the area as she can do it on both ends of the floor.

CJ Decker (HLWW)

Having a coach on the floor during a game would be nice. That’s basically what the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers have in senior guard CJ Decker.

Decker has been a starter since her freshman season, and has only improved each year. After averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.1 steals per game last season, Decker will look to close out her high school career with another solid season.

Alexa Schumann (HLWW)

One of the most improved players throughout her high school career has been HLWW’s Alexa Schumann. The senior gives the Lakers a legitimate threat inside, while also opening things up on the perimeter for her teammates.

As a junior, Schumann nearly averaged a double-double with 15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She’s also on the verge of scoring her 1,000th career point this season.

In her senior year, she’ll look to help lead the Lakers to the next level as they return several key pieces around her.

Maggie Czinano (Watertown-Mayer)

The way Maggie Czinano can take over a game is something special to watch. With her size and athleticism, Czinano is a tough matchup for a lot of teams. She can hurt you on the perimeter with consistent jumper, or she can take it to the hoop and finish through contact.

As a sophomore, Czinano averaged 16.5 points per game to go along with 9.5 rebounds a game. She’s capable of putting up a double-double each time she takes the floor as she’ll look to lead the Royals this season.

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