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Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt/Let It Rain 2023 Black

07/02/2022, 2:00pm CDT
By Chuck Thompson

Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt Starting Lineup

2 Reagan Pahl 5'6" 2023 Cedarburg (WI)
11 Annika Pluemer 5'9" 2023 Brookfield East (WI)
23 City Figlinski 5'9" 2023 Appleton West (WI)
24 Lexi Bugajski 6'0" 2023 New Berlin Eisenhower (WI)
35 Morgan Adams 6'0" 2023 Kewaskum (WI)

Let It Rain 2023 Black Starting Lineup

12 Paige Lambe 6'2" 2023 Verona (WI)
13 Olivia Peterson 5'6" 2023 Appleton West (WI)
20 MaKenzie Drout 5'9" 2023 Kimberly (WI)
22 Taylor Jacobson 5'10" 2023 Monroe (WI)
33 Caden Krohn 6'1" 2023 Waukesha West (WI)

Game Summary

     In a wire to wire win, Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt defeated Let It Rain 2023 Black 58-46. Three Impact players led the way with double-digit efforts: Annika Pluemer (15 points), City Figlinski (12) and Reagan Pahl (11).

     As she did all weekend, Pahl came out firing successfully from the arc. The 1st of her 3 triples gave Impact the quick lead at 3-0 off the right wing. Let It Rain answered with a score, before a back-cut from Figlinski off a feed from Lexi Bugajski made it 5-2 Impact.

     One of the event's top talents, MaKenzie Drout of Let It Rain, cashed in 2 free throws, her first points on her way to a monster 19 point/12 rebound game cut the deficit to 5-4.

     Bugajski, a potential Division I prospect, made it 7-4 with a pair of her own free throws for Impact, and Pahl exteded it to 10-4 with another triple out of the left corner. A back-cut score from Let It Rain's Caden Krohn cut the gap, but a baseline drive by Mya Hartjes (5'6" 2023, University School HS, WI) doubled things up at 12-6.

     Impact achieved one of their biggest leads of the 1st half at 15-6 when Jayden Nortier (5'9" 2023, Clinton HS, WI) connected for three off the right wing. Let It Rain would counter with the next 5 points, a bucket in the lane from Tara Wellnitz (5'10" 2023, Blackhawk HS, WI) and a straight-away trey from Drout, one of three three's she'd have in the game cut it to 15-11.

     Impact answered with the next 5 in response. A right wing three via Morgan Adams and a drive with a nice spin finish from Hartjes pushed the lead back to 20-11. The 5-0 run would stretch to a 10-2 burst. An offensive rebound and score by Taylor Jacobson of Let It Rain ended the 1st 5-0 run, but two free throw by Figlinski and a corner triple off the right side from Bugajski finished the run with Impact in front 25-13.

     Let It Rain showed plenty of fight though, finishing the half with their own 11-2 burst to pull within 27-24 at the break. It started with a right wing three from Krohn, a front court talent who can create mis-matches with her inside/perimeter skill set. A transition drive by Olivia Peterson cut it to 7 before Impact's only score during the run, a pair of free throws from Annika Pluemer, her first points of what would end up being a team-high 15. Drout's 2 free throws were followed a layup from Jacobson off a nice feed from Drout and layup for Krohn off a steal from Drout would draw the half to an end.

     Impact would put the game out of reach with a decisive 11-0 run to open the 2nd stanza. The run was carried by a trio of three pointers, one each from Figlinski, Pahl (left corner) and Pluemer (left lane extended) and ended with a pair of Pluemer free throws for a 38-24 advantage.

     The run would end with a three from Krohn off the right wing, but would ultimately be extended to a 16-3 rally with a drive and finish from Pahl and another three, this time off the left wing, from Bugajski, placing the lead at 43-27.

     Let It Rain continued to fight however. A triple from the left alley by Peterson and an up and under off the right block by Paige Lambe, a recent St Cloud State commit, drew Let It Rain within 43-32.

     The three point plays continued to happen for Impact, this time an old-fashioned and 1 off a drive was converted by Pluemer, but was quickly countered by a pair of Drout free throws, 2 of her 8 made in the game to leave it at 46-34.

     The dagger came when Impact would then go on a clinching 8-0 spree. It started with a pair of Pluemer scores, one a drive, the second a left wing three, and the final points of the rally, this time from Figlinski, a left pocket three blowing things open at 54-34.

     A team that never quits fighting, Let It Rain would punch back with 12 straight points late in the game. A Drout three off the left wing, a Peterson free throw, another Drout three ball, again from the left wing, two Drout free throws and a left wing three by Krohn left it 54-46. One thing I've learned through the years, there is no quit in Let It Rain 2023 Black.

     The last 4 points, making the final 58-46 landed with Impact, on an inside finish from Figlinski and a pair of free throws from Hartjes.

Prospect Notes

Lexi Bugajski, Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt

-One of the regions top 2023 Forward prospects who is still open in recruiting. She has picked up some recent Division I steam and will have a busy July recruitment period. Steady production is the strength of her game. She is consistent and scoring and always cleans the glass. Had 8 points/9 rebounds in the game. Flashed her range twice, once off the wing, the other in the corner. Has a strong build and will transition smoothly to the Small Forward or traditional Power Forward/Stretch Four at the college level. One of the top talents at Cheesehead Challenge.


MaKenzie Drout, Let It Rain 2023 Black

-Drout is continuing to gain more and more interest at the Division I level. She is a bull with the basketball in her hands. The definition of a north/south driver who attacks with a physical presence, but has the three point marksmanship to keep opposing defenders honest. Whenever I've evaluated her she has proven she will consistently get to the line and convert. Had a stellar 19 point/12 rebound performance in this one, both game-highs. Will be one of the most sought after open 2023 Guard prospects in Wisconsin during the July viewing period.


City Figlinski, Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt

-Very strong showing against a quality Let It Rain Black team for Figlinski, who had 12 points and a pair of rebounds. Figliinski figures to be a DII/NAIA/DIII recruit, and will be a great addition to a program. She plays with intensity and can shoot the rock from the arc. Can isolate a smaller defender, competes on the glass, and will bring some physicality to the lineup off the wing. Had a strong Junior season at Appleton West, averaging 13+ PPG. Always plays hard and possesses a high hoops IQ in addition to her skill set.


Caden Krohn, Let It Rain 2023 Black

-A scholarship prospect who can create match-up issues with her size and perimeter skill set had 13 points/3 rebounds against Impact. She can pull bigs away from the basket and stretch the floor, as she did 3 times in this one. Put a smaller defender on her and she can punish them inside. I would expect her to have a major recruiting break through in July and that momentum should carry into an increased leadership/scoring role in her Senior season. Potential with Krohn is very high, she's not done growing as a player.


Reagan Pahl, Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt

-Pahl was one of the best Guards at Cheesehead Challenge. She shoots the ball extremely well, handles the ball, and shows that she can run a team in the half-court or on the break. Most likely well up with a scholarship at the Division II or NAIA levels. She punished teams from the arc when given any cushion, including a trio of three pointers in this win. She has a deceptively quick first step and has good vision on the move. She is definitely one of the more underrated Guards I've come across in Wisconsin.


Annika Pluemer, Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt

-Pluemer has recently picked up some Division II offers, and should continue to gain more interest with her quality play in July and into her Senior season. Had a team-high 15 points and tacked on 5 rebounds in win over Let It Rain. Scored at all levels, splashing range off the left side, scoring off the bounce, and getting to the line and cashing in 5 times. Averaged team best 17 PPG for 25 win Brookfield East team as a Junior. Very skilled wing who is polished offensively and has a solid build.

Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt Scoring/Rebounding

Annika Pluemer 15 5
City Figlinski 12 2
Reagan Pahl 11 3
Lexi Bugajski 8 9
Mya Hartjes 6 1
Jayden Nortier 3 4
Morgan Adams 3 2

Let It Rain 2023 Black Scoring/Rebounding

MaKenzie Drout 19 12
Caden Krohn 13 3
Olivia Peterson 6 2
Taylor Jacobson 4 3
Paige Lambe 2 1
Tara Wellnitz 2 5
Grace King 0 3

Three Pointer Made

Wisconsin Impact 2023 Witt (11): Reagan Pahl 3, Lexi Bugajski 2, City Figlinski 2, Annika Pluemer 2, Morgan Adams 1, Jayden Nortier 1

Let It Rain 2023 Black (7): MaKenzie Drout 3, Caden Krohn 3, Olivia Peterson 1

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