WIAA state girls notebook: Resch Center draws large crowds in 1st year as host

Mar. 16, 2013

WIAA state girls basketball All-Tournament team

Kelsey Stangel, Kewaunee (MVP)
Kennedy Blahnik, Algoma
Rachel Atchison, East Troy
Jenny Tuttle, Mukwonago
Alex Richard, Kewaunee
Amani Wilborn, Milwaukee Riverside
Breanna Lewis, Milwaukee Riverside
Gena Grundhoffer, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption
*Breanna Gaspervich, East Troy
*Rachel Slaney, Barneveld
* = tied for the final spot


ASHWAUBENON — The first WIAA State Girls Basketball Championships at the Resch Center shattered last year’s attendance mark at Madison’s Kohl Center.

The three-day tournament attracted 39,731 fans, 9,378 more than last year.

The first session on Saturday, which included three title games, drew 9,211 fans, the largest single-session turnout since 2003.

Even with attendance way up, it’s unclear whether the tournament will make Ashwaubenon its permanent home. WIAA officials committed to two years at the Resch Center and said they have no timetable for deciding the tournament’s future after that.

Last year, the tournament drew its lowest number since 1985 with 30,353.

This year’s attendance no doubt was aided by four Northeastern Wisconsin teams – Green Bay Notre Dame, New London, Kewaunee and Algoma - making the 20-team field.

Here’s how the three days broke down this year: Thursday’s two sessions drew 8,440; Friday’s three sessions drew 16,156; and Saturday’s two sessions drew 15,135.

The record-high was during the 2001 tournament with 61,246.

The Kohl Center, with a capacity of 17,230, holds nearly twice as many people as the Resch Center, where capacity is 9,877.

All-tournament team

Kewaunee’s Kelsey Stangel was voted tournament Most Valuable Player by the media.

She was joined on the team by her teammate and cousin, senior Alex Richard, and Algoma junior Kennedy Blahnik.

Other all-tournament team members were: Rachel Atchison of East Troy, Jenny Tuttle of Mukwonago, Amani Wilborn and Breanna Lewis of Milwaukee Riverside and Gena Grundhoffer of Wisconsin Rapids Assumption. Breanna Gaspervich of East Troy and Rachel Slaney of Barneveld tied for the final spot.

All-State teams picked

De Pere senior Morgan Anderson was named to the Division 1 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association first team, which was announced Saturday.

Also in Division 1, De Pere senior Kayla Dawson and Bay Port senior Chelsea Nooker earned honorable-mention honors.

In Division 2, junior Allie LeClaire of Notre Dame made the first team. Senior teammate Brianna Byrne was an honorable-mention pick.

In Division 3, senior Kelsey Stangel of Kewaunee made the first team. Her fellow senior teammates Jill Kleiman and Alex Richard were honorable-mentions.

Senior Taylor Schmidt of Algoma was a unanimous pick in Division 4. She was joined on the first team by teammate Kennedy Blahnik, a junior.

Miss Basketball named

Baraboo High School forward Sam Terry was named the state’s Miss Basketball on Saturday by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.

“It’s a great honor,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without my team, my coaches, my parents and my community.

Terry, a 6-foot guard-forward, will play at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay next season. She averaged 18.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2.8 assists per game this season.

“I can’t wait to get started next year,” Terry said. “The girls all get along well and it’s been a tremendous basketball team for a long time.”

Terry missed 10 games during her junior year after injuring a knee in the season opener. That season, she averaged 15.3 points in 15 games.

“She’s very driven, and a kid that is a coach’s dream,” Phoenix coach Kevin Borseth said of Terry late last year in announcing his recruiting class. “She's a Green Bay kid that sells the farm on every play.”

Last year’s Miss Basketball was Nicole Bauman of New Berlin Eisenhower.

Since 1982, the WBCA has awarded the state’s most outstanding senior basketball player the honor of Miss Basketball. Nominees are determined by a committee of current WBCA Executive Board members. Voting is handled by a panel of WBCA Hall of Fame coaches.

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