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Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold/Wisconsin Impact 2024 Kelley

07/02/2022, 6:30pm CDT
By Chuck Thompson

Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold

NUMBER NAME HEIGHT CLASS HIGH SCHOOL
5 Sarah Aleknavicius 5'10 2024 Grafton (WI)
11 Lucy Leininger 5'10" 2024 Germantown (WI)
12 Katelyn Odem 5'8" 2024 Homestead (WI)
14 Madison Fitzgibbon 5'6" 2025 Homestead (WI)
22 Natalie Mueller 5'7" 2025 Homestead (WI)

Wisconsin Impact 2024 Kelley Starting Lineup

NUMBER NAME HEIGHT CLASS HIGH SCHOOL
2 Gracie Gopalan 5'2" 2024 Waupun (WI)
4 Tess Wiczek 5'7" 2024 DSHA (WI)
15 Maddie Leffel 5'10" 2025 Kettle Moraine Lutheran (WI)
22 Shae Kelley 5'9" 2024 Brookfield East (WI)
23 Lauren Capstran 5'8" 2024 Franklin (WI)

Game Summary

     Powered by a dominant 2nd half in which they outscored Wisconsin Impact 2024 Kelley 28-10, Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold picked up a 46-33 win, paced by double-figure scoring efforts from Katelyn Odem (12 points) & Madison Fitzgibbon (10).

     Things got under way with Chapman drawing 1st blood on a dive to the rim from Natalie Mueller, before Impact rattled off the next 8 points for an early 8-2 edge. During the rally, Gracie Gopalan, who had as strong a weekend as any Point Guard, triggered things with a rip away and score. A quick drive from Lauren Capstran gave Impact their 1st lead at 4-2, and Shae Kelley would. extend it to 8-2 with an in-bounds score on a dive to the rim and a step-through finish. With early scores from Gopalan, Capstran and Kelley, 3 of the 4 original team members of Impact who were healthy enough to play, had gotten on the board early.

     Mimi Hart (5'8" 2025, Cedarburg HS, WI) scored the 1st bench points for either team when she connected from the left wing arc. Kelley, on a smooth baseline drive would make it 10-5 Impact, before Chapman knotted it at 10 with a pair of Lauren Strifling (5'11" 2025, Homestead HS, WI) scores, an inside bucket for two and a left wing trey to tie things.

      The rest of the half would be fairly even, with Impact holding the edge at 23-18 after one half of play. A pair of free throws from Impact's Capstran were answered by Chapman's Strifling, who hit a long two from the left corner. The rest of the half the lead would be held by Impact.

     A three pointer from Tess Wiczek made it 15-12. A Chapman free throw by Katelyn Odem got her day started, as she would end it with a team-best 12 point outing. Kelley scored again on an in-bounds, the same set where she dove to the basket for a score increasing the lead to 17-13. The teams would exchange single free throws (Kelley for Impact, Odem for Chapman) to bring it to 18-14.

     Chapman drew back to within 2 at 18-16 on a one-dribble pull-up jumper from Madison Fitzgibbon, the 2025 would also finish in double-figures with 10. Gopalan drove for a score and Sage Miskel (5'5" 2026, Whitefish Bay HS, WI) added to the lead from the left corner with a three and a 23-16 Impact lead. The final score of the half was a transition bucket from Hart, drawing momentum as it turned out, back to Chapman as we headed towards the 2nd half.

     A pair of threes to open the stanza gave Chapman their 1st lead since 2-0 at 24-23 as Odem (straight-on) and Fitzgibbon (right corner) found their groove from deep. Gopalan quickly recorded her own three for Impact to recapture the lead at 26-24.

     The teams would jockey for the lead the next few possessions. A tough interior drive and finish from Mueller put Chapman up 28-27, but was answered by two free throws off the hand of Kyrin Lile (6'0" 2026, Elkhorn HS, WI) gave Impact, as it turned out, their final lead at 29-28.

     A most impressive run, of 16-1, by Chapman Basketball Academy put them in command the rest of the way with a 44-30 lead. Chapman regained the lead at 30-29 on a baseline lay-in by Sarah Aleknavicius. The lead grew quickly on scores from Lucy Leininger (32-29 on an interior drive), Fitzgibbon (35-29 on a right wing three), 37-29 on two free throws from Leininger, 39-29 on a Leininger's transition bucket, and finally 42-29 on a top of the key three from Odem. The only point during the run was a Miskel free throw to make it 42-30, but ended with a Chapman trip to the line for 2 free throws from Odem.

     The teams would trade some late scores: a drive with an and 1 finish from Impact's Maddie Leffel (5'10" 2025, Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS, WI), to make it 44-33, a Chapman transition bucket fof Fitzgibbon (46-33) and concluded on two free throws for Impact's Gopalan. The final score was 46-35 Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold.

Prospect Notes

Madison Fitzgibbon, Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold

-Fitzgibbon has proven herself as one of the steadiest scoring Guards in the 2025 class regionally. She has a sniper mentality off the arcs, where she added two more in this one, and is increasing dangerous as a dual-threat off the bounce when chased off the line. Double-digit effort again with 10 points against Impact. I appreciate that she continues to showcase different weapons in her advanced offensive skill set. Pulled a quality one-dribble pull-up off the bounce, and showed she can be dangerous as facilitator or working off the wings in the transition game.

 

Gracie Gopalan, Wisconsin Impact 2024 Kelley

-The final game of a rough weekend for Impact Kelley, who were down to 4 original roster members for this game. Knowing she had to rise up once again, Gopalan did just that, scoring 9 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. She can be electric off the bounce, and she's seemingly always in attack mode rolling downhill. She maintains her vision and is always seeking out open players at the arc for clean looks. She can drive it with authority in the half-court and is even more lethal with space in transition. She is a true floor general.

 

Shae Kelley, Wisconsin Impact 2024 Kelley

-Another of the 4 original Impact players to complete the weekend healthy. Had 9 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Had a strong weekend, one of the top wings at any age level at Cheesehead Challenge. It is easy to pick her out as a Scholarship player with her advanced overall skills and energy that she plays with. Has Division II offers, but I would be surprised that if July ends and she's not on many more Division I coaches radars heading into her Junior year. To put it simply, Kelley is a difference maker on the court.

 

Lucy Leininger, Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold

-Very productive game from Leininger, who recorded 6 points as well as 6 boards. When you average nearly 10 PPG as a Sophomore at one of the premier High School programs in Wisconsin, you know she's growing into a Scholarship player. She isn't flashy, and she's not looking to beat you from the arc yet, but she brings energy and effort inside and she will get out and flow into the transition game. Love her ability to produce inside and in heavy traffic. Can put the ball on the deck and attack with short drives and can work off the baseline from her wing position.

 

Katelyn Odem, Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold

-Odem continues to advance her game and with each evaluation you gain more of an appreciation for all the little things that she does that don't always appear in a box score. She is using the three as a weapon more and more consistently, connecting twice from the top of the key in win over Impact. At 5'8" she is also pretty consistent at being a plus rebounder off the wing. Show-cased a one-dribble pull-up on the move. She can create for herself, adding to her value as a college prospect. Would not be surprised if she starts to gain more Division II interest as well as possibly some Division I looks moving forward. Very consistent this club season.

Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold

PLAYER POINTS REBOUNDS
Katelyn Odem 12 3
Madison Fitzgibbon 10 0
Lauren Strifling 7 1
Lucy Leininger 6 6
Mimi Hart 5 0
Natalie Mueller 4 5
Sarah Aleknavicius 2 2
Taylor Schwalenberg 0 5

Wisconsin Impact 2024 Kelley Scoring/Rebounding

PLAYER POINTS REBOUNDS
Gracie Gopalan 9 4
Shae Kelley 9 4
Lauren Capstran 5 4
Sage Miskel 4 2
Maddie Leffel 3 5
Tess Wiczek 3 3
Kyrin Lile 2 2

Three Pointer Made

Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 Gold (6): Madison Fitzgibbon 2, Katelyn Odem 2, Mimi Hart 1, Lauren Strifling 1

Wisconsin Impact 2024 Kelley (3): Gracie Gopalan 1, Sage Miskel 1, Tess Wiczek 1

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