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Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski/Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold

07/03/2022, 4:00pm CDT
By Chuck Thompson

Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski Starting Lineup

2 Addison Doyle 5'5" 2025 Brookfield East (WI)
23 Kennedy Retherford 5'9" 2025 Pewaukee (WI)
32 Maddie Leffel 5'10" 2025 Kettle Moraine Lutheran (WI)
40 Megan McDowell 5'11" 2025 New Berlin Eisenhower (WI)
44 Karinna Trotter 6'2" 2025 DSHA (WI)

Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold Starting Lineup

4 Grace Zortman 5'6" 2025 Homestead (WI)
12 Sarah Helm 5'6" 2025 Cedarburg (WI)
22 Jaycee Mani 5'3" 2025 Germantown (WI)
24 Emma Wolf 5'3" 2025 Homestead (WI)
34 Lillian Merow 6'2" 2025 Port Washington (WI)

Game Summary

     Usually the last game of the weekend on a Sunday afternoon is a low-scoring affair as both teams are a bit worn down, but that was absolutely not the case at Cheesehead Challenge as Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski won a high-scoring duel over Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold 71-59.

     Chapman struck first with 6 quick points, and would hold the lead most of the 1st half. Lillian Merow put Chapman on the board with an offensive rebound and score. Merow would lead Chapman with a team-best 8 rebounds in the game. A drive by Grace Zortman, who would end with a game-high 15 points slicing thru the Impact defense made it 4-0, and a nice transition trail from Merow made it 6-0 Impact.

     Impact bounced back though with a pair of free throws from Kennedy Retherford, who would reach double-figures with a 12 point effort. It was reduced to 6-4 on the 1st two points of 13 in the game by Megan McDowell on a long perimeter drive.

     In a half of swings, Chapman responded. Zortman would score the next 7 Chapman points. Her transition bucket on a feed from Sarah Helm moved the lead to 8-4 and a successful drive with an and 1 finish made it 11-4. Zortman's run was temporarily interrupted by a drive by Karinna Trotter (who would finish with 12), and an Impact three pointer. Zortman countered with a transition score to make it 13-9 Chapman, and the lead grew to 15-9 on a drive by Emma Wolf.

     Impact was about to start chipping away at the Chapman lead and then make a big surge themselves. A free throw by Autumn Tevz drew them within 15-10, and a transition score for Danica Gosz (5'8" 2025, Germantown HS, WI) made it 15-12. A quick response from Chapman made it 18-12 on a Jaycee Mani free throw and a transition finish by Zortman.

     The teams would trade scores that ended with Chapman in front 24-23. Two Gosz free throws and a steal and score from McDowell brought Impact within 18-16. Two free throws from Chapman's Helm made it 20-16 before Impact knotted things at 20 on a transition hoop from Trotter and a baseline drive by Addison Doyle. Chapman would cling to their lead at 22-20 on two more free throws and 24-23 on the 5th & 6th free throws of the half from Doyle. The free throw run was interrupted by a right wing triple from Impact's Retherford, who'd given them first lead at 23-22.

     Down 1, Impact was about to take control of the game with a resounding 14-0 run that took a one point deficit into a 37-24 lead. The run was powered by four three pointers. It started with a 3 from the top of the key by McDowell, and Maddie Leffel added one from nearly the same spot. The only non-3 during the run came on a transition hoop via Doyle and ended with 2 more threes, one from Gosz (right wing) and the end of the run from Leffel (right wing).

     Chapman would end the drought with a drive by Sophia Vetta, a free throw from Impact's Tevz, a left wing three by Chapman's Mani and a transition hoop for Impact ended the half with Impact in the lead at 40-29.

     The second half would open with 4 quick Impact points, a free throw from Doyle and a top of the key three by Retherford, extending the lead to 44-29. A turn-around jumper by Chapman's Wolf was answered by another 5 point reply by Impact. A three from Trotter and a transition score by Retherford extended Impact's advantage to 49-31.

     The teams would trade the next several points. Chapman on a cut and finish off a feed from Helm to Zortman, a free throw from Impact's Tevz, and three by Chapman's Wolf left things at 50-36 Impact.

     Five points for Impact (a right corner three by McDowell and a drive by Retherford) made it 55-36, but was countered by a Chapman three from Helm. The teams traded some free throws: 1 for Impact's McDowell, 2 for Chapman's Makenzie Leuhring (5'4" 2025, Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS, WI) and a single free throw for Impact's Leffel left things at 57-41 Impact.

     Zortman drove one home from the right wing for Chapman, but as they did the entire half, Impact answered, this time with a wing drive of her own from Gosz, and another from McDowell made it 61-43.

     The game would remain in roughly the same range as the final few minutes played out. A nice up and under drive with an and 1 finish by Helm was followed by a dive to the rim for a score from Merow to draw Chapman within 61-48. Two free throws from Impact's Leffel were answered with a right corner three by Chapman's Luehring. Leffel delivered another free throw, which was responded to with a free throw for Chapman by Wolf and we sat at 64-52.

     A middle drive from Doyle and a baseline drive and a right wing three from Trotter accounted for their final points and a game total of 71. The final seven points, intermingled in that same run, for Chapman were by Wolf on an offensive rebound and a right wing three and steal and score, both by Luehring, for Chapman's game total of 59.


Prospect Notes

Sarah Helm, Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold

-Helm collected 12 points and 4 rebounds against Impact. It is extremely difficult to score 12 points on 2 field goals, but if you're willing to take the ball to the rim with authority and don't shy away from contact, as Helm did, you will get to the line. She cashed in 7 free throws among her scores. Her finishes were both quality ones: a three off the wing and an up & under finish to cap a drive. Averaged 5 PPG as Freshman for strong Cedarburg team. Projects out as a scholarship talent or high Division III recruit. Love how she competes.


Megan McDowell, Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski

-McDowell displayed a variety of scoring finishes on her way to a team-leading 13 points in the win. Three point threat who delivered from top and right corner, but flexed a variety of scoring finishes in the win. Scored on a pair of drives, one shorter and one from beyond the wing, and jumped a passing lane for a steal and finish at the other end. Has good size from the wing. I like her upside as a potential scholarship player. Will have to crack a deep New Berlin Eisenhower lineup for minutes during her Sophomore campaign.


Lillian Merow, Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold

-The post showed steady production in the game, claiming 6 points to go with her 8 rebound performance. Led Port Washington in scoring as a Freshman. She will definitely have some tremendous career numbers & start to gather eyes as a scholarship prospect in recruiting. Contributed to offense in a few ways: had a dive to the bucket for a score, an offensive put back and a nice trail finish in transition. Works hard on the glass on both ends, and at 6'2" has a high upside moving forward. Definitely a player to keep tabs on.


Kennedy Retherford, Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski

-It was a busy weekend for Retherford who also filled in admirably in a game with short-handed Impact 2024 Kelley. Had a dozen points and a pair of rebounds in win over Chapman. Shot the ball well with a pair of threes (from top and right wing) as well as putting it on the floor for scores (one drive score and another in transition). Should see significantly expanded role at Pewaukee with a couple of key graduations. Feel like this is the beginning of a strong stretch for her, future scholarship prospect likely who didn't appear at all phased playing up briefly against older competition.


Karinna Trotter, Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski

-I feel Trotter is about to explode on the recruiting scene in a big, big way. She is a mis-match waiting to happen. She has height and a strong frame and can dominate on the low block and on the glass (game-high 14 rebounds). What's really scary is her ability to also step out and hit from the arc, where she hit from the top and the right wing. She is definitely a Division I prospect. Had a solid Freshman campaign at DSHA, but expect a big step forward this coming season. Moves well, and will get into transition game from her post position.


Grace Zortman, Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold

-Finishing with 15 points, and NOT having any threes as part of your scoring shows you can operate inside the arc effectively. Zortman averaged 5 PPG as Freshman for strong Homestead program. Did most of her damage there, as she did in this game, attacking with confident drives and finishing or getting to the line. Sliced her way to 6 field goals, with a mix of half-court and transition scores. Moves well without the ball in her hands, making her an option from the Point or Shooting Guard positions.

Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski Scoring/Rebounding

Megan McDowell 13 3
Karinna Trotter 12 14
Kennedy Retherford 12 2
Maddie Leffel 10 3
Danica Gosz 9 4
Addison Doyle 7 6
Autumn Tevz 3 3

Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold Scoring/Rebounding

Grace Zortman 15 2
Sarah Helm 12 4
Emma Wolf 10 3
Makenzie Luehring 10 1
Lillian Merow 6 8
Jaycee Mani 4 2
Sophia Vetta 2 4

Three Pointers Made

Wisconsin Impact 2025 Bugajski (9): Maddie Leffel 2, Megan McDowell 2, Kennedy Retherford 2, Karinna Trotter 2, Danica Gosz 1

Chapman Basketball Academy 2025 Gold (5): Makenzie Luehring 2, Sarah Helm 1, Jaycee Mani 1, Emma Wolf 1

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