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Supernaw leads Delavan-Darien to the top of Southern Lakes

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JOHN N. BARRY
January 17, 2008
— Kelly Supernaw wasn’t even born the last time Delavan-Darien High School won a conference title in girls basketball.

But you can thank the Comet senior for a key role in the re-birth of the program.


Delavan-Darien is 12-0 this season and ranked seventh in the state in Division 2. Supernaw leads the Southern Lakes in scoring with a 17.5 average as she tries to lead the Comets to their first conference title since winning the Lakes West title in 1985. The Comets (5-0) hold a one-game lead over Whitewater (4-1) in this year’s race.


Supernaw, a four-year starter, said the resurgence of the Comet program began off the court.


“I think, more than anything, it’s an attitude adjustment,” Supernaw said. “My teammates, especially the seniors, got sick of hearing, ‘Oh, it’s Delavan. No big deal. We’ll show up and beat them easily.’


“That’s what made us work so hard, so nobody could say that about us anymore. We showed up before school Monday, Wednesday and Friday to run and get ready for this season.”


The Comets have been running in high gear all season. Second-year coach Keiya Square, a 2000 Delavan-Darien graduate, has an exciting mix of players, led by the 5-foot-10 Supernaw.


Four of five starters returned from a team that finished 11-11 a year ago, including the top two scorers in Supernaw (12 points per game) and senior guard Hannah Zugay (7.1 ppg).


In Tuesday’s win over defending Southern Lakes champion Jefferson, freshman Alana Cesarz came off the bench to score 16 points to lead the Comets to an 18-point victory.


Square said versatility has been a big part of the team’s success, but he knows who is the catalyst.


“Anyone that watches us play or scouts us will tell you that it all starts with Kelly and stopping her,” Square said. “But that’s what has made her become even more of a complete player.


“She can jump stop and shoot. She can penetrate and pass. Or she can knock down the three.


“Kelly started out in the post as a freshman because she was one of the bigger players,” Square said. “Now, with her ability to create off the dribble and play up top, we’ve kind of built our system around her.”


Supernaw’s textbook jump shot and innate ability to see the court, set her apart from her peers. She credits hours of honing her shooting skills in the driveway and countless summer AAU games for lifting her game to another level.


She also is quick to thank her uncle John (Alder), who put her through grueling off-season training workouts at the Four Lakes Athletic Club.


“I really felt as an eighth-grader that if our class worked hard and played a lot of basketball, that we could be pretty good by our senior year,” Supernaw said. “Now that we’ve been winning this year, we want to keep working even harder because we know that it can all end in one game.


“That’s why we push each other so hard in practice, and why coach isn’t afraid to get in our face and challenge us if we aren’t doing the right things. That way we’re ready for anything that comes up during a game.”


Supernaw is undecided on a college choice, but has every intention of playing basketball at the next level. She also plans on returning to Delavan-Darien next year when the 2008 Southern Lakes Conference girls basketball championship sign is unveiled.


Supernaw file

-- Pregame routine: Go home and watch “Dr. Phil” with my teammates.


-- Best sports memory: Beating Elkhorn by three this year.


-- Significance of uniform number: No. 3—same number worn by WNBA star Diana Taurasi.


-- TV show I never miss: “Dr. Phil,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”


-- Favorite movie: “Borat.”


-- Best invention in the last 100 years: Cell phone or iPod.


-- An unusual thing the average person wouldn’t know about me: I took ballet for six years.


-- Dream job: Coach a college basketball team.


-- If I could have one super power, it would be: Read people’s minds.


-- Favorite all-time player: Diana Taurasi.


-- My favorite saying: “Just play.”


-- If I could have dinner with one famous person, it would be: Dr. Phil.


-- CD currently getting the most play: A mix with a bunch of random songs from country to rap to rock.



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