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09-10 NOW ALL-SUBURBAN GIRLS BASKETBALL
FORWARD Ashley Green, 5-11 junior Nicolet NOW player of the year averaged 16.0 points per game on 58 percent shooting from the field for the North Shore Conference champion Knights. … hit 63 percent of her free throws (61-of-97) and knocked down 14 3s. … averaged seven rebounds, two assists and two steals a game for a team that dominated the North Shore, winning every game in double figures. … has beautiful perimeter stroke and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. … Had 34 points in an early-season win over Muskego. GUARD Taylor Atkinson, 5-8 junior Franklin Set the school record for most free throws made in a game (18) and most steals in a game (13) and tied a school record with 34 points in a game. … finished with averages of 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.2 assists. … made a living slashing to the hoop or getting out on the break, but also got a lot of second-chance looks because of her rebounding skills, which included 58 (of 138 total) offensive rebounds. … shot 51 percent from the floor (100 of 196). GUARD Alyssa Colla, 5-10 junior Muskego A perfect outside compliment to Muskego’s inside game that featured Katie Ellerson and Rachel Neuberger. … turned up her game to the tune of 11.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting from the floor and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line. … made 22 3-pointers and chipped in 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals. … is drawing interest from numerous DI schools with one full-ride scholarship on the table. FORWARD Katie Ellerson, 6-0 senior Muskego A returning NOW selection who will play at DI University of Evansville on scholarship next fall … led NOW coverage area in scoring with 16.7 points per game. … averaged 6.9 rebounds and added 27 assists, 24 steals and 16 blocks. … made 44.5 percent of her baskets and was deadly from the free-throw line at 83.3 percent (100 of 120). … helped Muskego win its second straight Southeast Conference title (shared with Racine Case). … coach Brian Hirtz called her one of the best players he has ever coached. GUARD Mary Merg, 5-7 senior Greendale Averaged 16 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest, including 21.4 points per game over the final seven. … sharpshooting guard that can take it to the hoop as well. … played all 32 minutes in 17 of her team’s 21 regular season games. … was the focal point of most opposing defenses but still had continued success, reaching double digits in points 17 times and leading her team in scoring 17 times. … will play at UW-Whitewater next fall. GUARD Erin Lueder, 5-10 senior Brookfield Central A three-time Greater Metro Conference and NOW All-Suburban selection. … was GMC’s co-player of the year. … ran the show for the Lancers from her point guard spot. … strength was all-around play and excellent defense. … averaged 10.7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.6 steals during the regular season and led her team, which shared the conference title with DSHA, in points (236), assists (88) and steals (57) and was second in rebounds (85). CENTER Anna Hahn, 6-0 junior New Berlin Eisenhower Helped Eisenhower to the WIAA D2 title by averaging a team-high 14 points and 5.6 rebounds. … shot well from all over the field during the regular season: 50 percent from 2-point range (108-of-214), 40 percent from 3-point range (4-of-10) and a whopping 85 percent from the free-throw line (76-of-89). … also registered 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and less than one (.9) turnover per contest. … sat out the equivalent of four games because of blowouts. … Woodland Black Division player of the year. FORWARD Ashley Luke, 6-2 junior Oak Creek Luke averaged 13.5 points and 10 rebounds per game, the only player in the NOW area to average a double-double this season. … Relied upon heavily when teammate Angela Rodriguez went down with an injury. … scored more than 19 points four times and often guarded opposing teams’ best players. … according to coach Steve Hluchnik, is being recruited by many DI colleges, including Iowa and several Horizon League squads. COACH OF THE YEAR Brian Hirtz Muskego The Warriors won their second straight conference title under Hirtz, who was in his second season as head coach of Muskego. … He loaded up his nonconference schedule with studs like Mukwonago, DSHA, Nicolet and Vincent, and his Warriors responded by going 20-5 overall, including a win over Vincent in February. … Warriors were focused and determined and Hirtz was a big reason why, even though they fell short of school’s first-ever state trip. FORWARD Eliza Wortman, 6-2 senior Germantown Returning NOW selection set a single-season school record for points (363) and helped the Warhawks to a schoolrecord 18 wins. … is school’s all-time leading scorer with 949 points. … averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game on 44-percent shooting … a big hit from the foul line (110-of-144; 76 percent). … averaged 4.5 blocks per game with 30 steals and 17 assists. … scored 29 against top-ranked Nicolet in one tilt. GUARD Angela Rodriguez 5-9 senior Oak Creek UW-Milwaukee recruit played in only 13 regularseason games. … spent most of the second half of the season on the sidelines with an ankle injury. … only senior on the team. … averaged 15.7 points per game, made 20 3-pointers and averaged 3.5 assists and 3 rebounds. … had a season-high 31 points against West Allis Central and 28 in a game against Racine Case. … was called the best player he has ever coached by Oak Creek coach Steve Hluchnik. … was injured Jan. 12 in warm-ups vs. Pius, but played hurt a few days later and helped snap Muskego’s 25-game conference winning streak. HOW THEY ARE CHOSEN ● NOW contacts all coaches in its coverage area and asks for nominations. ● That information is put on a ballot to which NOW reporters add their own first-hand impressions of players. Each reporter votes for the 10 players he feels should be on the team. The player with the most points is named the Player of the Year and the next nine players are also named to the team. Online voting counts for 20 percent. ● Those players receiving votes who do not make the team earn high honorable mention and those who are nominated but don’t receive votes earn honorable mention. ONLINE FAN VOTING More than 850 people cast more than 2,100 votes for the NOW Player of the Year. Sue Finn of Wauwatosa was the voter who was randomly selected to win a pair of lower-level Bucks tickets. Online totals accounted for one-fifth of the final vote. This year’s top vote-getters were: 1. Atkinson, Franklin, 539 votes 2. Colla, Muskego, 443 3. Merg, Greendale, 236 4. Green, Nicolet, 206 5. Luke, Oak Creek, 186 HIGH HONORABLE MENTIONS GUARD: Nicole Bauman, 5-10 sophomore, New Berlin Eisenhower FORWARDS: Marley Blood, 6-4 senior, Brookfield East; Lauren Hibbard, 6-2 senior, West Allis Central; Janie Myles, 5-11 junior, West Allis Central CENTER: Stephanie Turner, 6-0 freshman, New Berlin West COACHES: Steve Hluchnik, Oak Creek; Gary Schmidt, New Berlin Eisenhower; Matt Stuve, Germantown; Corey Wolf, Nicolet HONORABLE MENTIONS GUARDS: Brittney Fair, 5-7 sophomore, Nicolet; Jackie Glaser, 5-3 senior, Wauwatosa West; Alexa Herasimchuk, 5-8 senior, Whitefish Bay; Rachel Hoft, 5-8 senior, Germantown; Melissa Klemm, 5-6 senior, Germantown; Mehryn Kraker, 5-11 sophomore, West Allis Central; Hailey Kunz, 5-4 junior, New Berlin West; Maggie Mattiacci, 5-9 senior, Brookfield Central; Sarah Mlachnik, 5-9 senior, Muskego; Laren Nashleanas, 5-5 senior, Brookfield East; Chelsea Stingley, 5-4 junior, Brown Deer; Jessica Switzer, 5-10 junior, Whitefish Bay; Megan Tkachuk, 5-6 senior, New Berlin Eisenhower; Mariah Weddle, 5-7 sophomore, Brown Deer; Cydney Weisflog, 5-8 junior, Oak Creek FORWARDS: Valerie Rose Agnello, 5-10 junior, Brookfield Central; Amy Borkenhagen, 6-1 junior, Eisenhower; Siena Mitman, 5-9 junior, Homestead; Kali Shandley, 5-10 senior, Eisenhower; Jesse Thomas, 6-1 senior, Brookfield Central; Jennifer Wellnitz, 5-11 senior, West Allis Hale CENTERS: Alex Cohen, 6-5 junior, Nicolet; Rachel Neuberger, 6-2 senior, Muskego COACH: Corey Scheel, New Berlin West
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