From a Baraboo perspective, the All-Badger North Conference girls basketball team has looked the same the last two years.
Baraboo High School seniors Haley Hannagan, Lexi Johnson and Lia Kieck were each named honorable mention all-conference for the second straight season.
The trio carried the Thunderbirds the last two seasons, including a 2018-19 season that saw Baraboo go 5-18 overall, including 4-10 in conference games to take sixth in the Badger North. Baraboo’s season ended with a 38-37 loss at Portage in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game on Feb. 19.
“All my seniors showed a tremendous amount of commitment to our basketball team,” Baraboo coach Michael Behl said of the seven-player senior class that also included Addie Filus, Megan Horstman, Abby Moon and Grace Stuckey. “They played basketball in our club program, they attended basketball camps, some of the them played AUU basketball and they were great role models to our younger players. I will miss their true dedication and work ethic.”
Johnson led the T-Birds in scoring this winter, averaging 11.7 points while making a team-best 29 3-pointers. The 5-foot-10 point guard, a three-time honorable mention selection, also notched a team-high 2.0 steals per game while adding 5.1 rebounds per game.
“Lexi loves basketball,” Behl said of Johnson, who will play at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater next season. “Lexi is always the one to ask if she can get into the gym. She will stay after practice to work on some part of her game. She has played the point guard spot for us the last two seasons and I think this has made her into a better player and will help her out when she goes on to play next year at UW-Whitewater. Lexi was fun to watch because she is so good at getting herself to the rim and it was evident that opposing coaches made this known to their teams, but she still got there.”
Hannagan averaged 10.3 points per game and grabbed a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. The 5-8 senior attacked the basket, making a team-high 64 2-point field goals while also making a team-leading 71 free throws (71-for-100).
“Her ability to score and rebound in the post area, despite being a little undersized, is fun to watch,” Behl said. “She has worked hard to play that role. She has been extremely coachable throughout her high school career. I will miss her positive attitude and her willingness to play her role for the betterment of the team.”
Kieck capped her career by averaging 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on the way to earning her third honorable mention nod. The 5-11 forward added 1.7 steals per game and a team-high 0.9 blocks per game.
“Lia is the anchor of our defense,” Behl said. “She oftentimes had to guard our opponent’s best player. I will remember her for the ability to guard the rim, block shots and rebound. She has played on the varsity since her freshman year and I have seen her grow as a player who just wanted to contribute to a player who needed to contribute and had to be one of our go-to players.”
Beaver Dam, the Badger North and WIAA Division 2 state champions, placed seven players on the all-conference team. The Golden Beavers’ entire starting five — seniors Tara Stauffacher, Aly Van Loo, Paige Schumann, junior Jada Donaldson and sophomore Maty Wilke — were among the 10 first-team members.
ALL-BADGER NORTH GIRLS BASKETBALL
Paige Schumann, sr., Beaver Dam; Jada Donaldson, jr., Beaver Dam; Maty Wilke*, so., Beaver Dam; Tara Stauffacher*, sr., Beaver Dam; Aly Van Loo, sr., Beaver Dam; Aleah Grundahl, sr., DeForest; Ava Douglas, sr., Reedsburg; Trenna Cherney, fr., Reedsburg; Maddie Farnsworth, sr., Waunakee; Elena Maier, so., Waunakee.
Haley Hannagan, sr., Baraboo; Lexi Johnson, sr., Baraboo; Lia Kieck, sr., Baraboo; Natalie Jens, so., Beaver Dam; Carley Burchardt, jr., Beaver Dam; Grace Roth, so., DeForest; Megan Mickelson, jr., DeForest; Sam Schaeffer, jr., DeForest; Maggie Trautsch, jr., DeForest; Julia Magnuson, so., Mount Horeb; MacKenzie Roth, sr., Portage; McKena Yelk, jr., Portage; Julia Korklewski, sr., Reedsburg; Mahra Wieman, fr., Reedsburg; Riley Breunig, sr., Sauk Prairie.