1) I saw that you recently visited Milwaukee and had the opportunity to work out with some of the players. What was that experience like for you and what are some of the things you learned from the experience?
Yes, it was a very fun experience! I really like the style of basketball they play -- very fast paced where the wings (which is what I play) can get the rebound and go the full length of the court and get to the basket. Our high school team plays a fast paced game as well with a lot of fast breaks, so I think playing that kind of game in college would be a great fit for me. The players and coaches were all very friendly and I appreciate that they invited me!
2) You just finished your club season with Wisconsin Flight Elite EYBL. What were some of your fondest memories on and off the court from this just completed season?
Some favorite memories on the court were winning games against some really good teams. We played a lot of great teams all spring and summer as we were always in the top division of tournaments. Two wins I remember are beating All Iowa Attack at Summer Jam and Lady Gym Rats 16U EYBL in one of our last tournaments in Indiana. Off the court, it was a lot of fun when we had the road trip to Louisville for Run 4 Roses and Chicago for Nike TOC. In Louisville, we shared a house with a bunch of families and were able to just hang out and also spend some time seeing the city. We went straight from there to Chicago and it was fun staying in a hotel where we could walk around downtown and see the city and go to restaurants anytime of the day. I think we walked to Cold Stone everyday, which is something I don't get to do normally living in a small town.
3) You were a double-digit scorer last season at Laconia, a team that also won 25 games and reached the Division 4 State Championship game. What are some of your individual and team goals for the 2022-23 season?
As a team, I definitely want to win conference again and also get back to State and win it all this time. I also want to beat all of the teams we lost to last year. We lost 5 games and 3 of those were to State Champions. We play 4 of the 5 teams again this year in non-conference games, so we have a really good schedule and are also going to play in some holiday tournaments. We were a very young team (5 of our top 8 were Freshmen last year) and lost some games I think we can win this year. We have most of our team back from last year and am excited for the season!
As an individual, I want to continue to develop my game and become a more vocal team leader. One of my strengths is attacking the basket, but I also want to continue developing my 3-point and mid-range game. Even though I'm a wing, rebounding is something I really try to focus on and attack the boards whenever a shot goes up. Continuing to focus on my defense and getting steals and tips is also something I think is really important to turn into quick baskets for my team. My goal is to also achieve all of the individual awards I received last year, which were 1st Team WBCA D4 All-State, WisSports State All-Tournament Team, Prep Girls Hoops D4 All-State Team, and 1st Team Flyway All-Conference.
4) You have interest already from several Division I programs. What are some of the questions you'll be asking coaches who are recruiting you?
It's been a new experience for me talking to the coaches and I'm very appreciative of all the schools that have shown interest in me. One of the most important things to me is to understand the style of basketball they play and how it fits my game. I like to play fast paced as that's how we've always played growing up. Also, learning more about their coaching staff beyond the coaches I've talked to so far. Another important thing is to understand what the team does outside of basketball and the college experience. I'm undecided on a major right now, but at some point that will be important as well and just the overall feel of the campus. I'm hoping to make it to some games this season to watch or do visits.
5) Besides your home court (and I'll assume the Resch Center) what have been some of your favorite courts you've gotten to play on in your early career?
Yes, Resch was a lot of fun! For Flight, playing in Ames at All Iowa Attack's gym is one of the best. It's a great atmosphere feeling like you are in an old gym even though it's newer and updated. For Laconia, it's fun when we play at Waupun. Waupun is very close to Rosendale (where Laconia is located), so there are a lot of people who know each other and it's always a good crowd and the student sections are always loud!