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Talented Flood aims for UW basketball

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JOHN N. BARRY
May 13, 2010
— Courtney Flood plans to study architectural engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

A 4.0-grade-point-average student at Delavan-Darien High School, Flood’s first project at the UW won’t encompass any elaborate floor plans.


Flood has designs on making the women’s basketball team.


A four-year varsity player and two-time All-Southern Lakes Conference selection, Flood has been invited to walk on to the Badger women’s program.


“Basketball has been my one love forever,” said Flood, who also was a four-year varsity player in tennis and soccer. “That was the one sport I played the most growing up. Soccer and tennis, I really only played during the season.


“I’ve always wanted to go to Wisconsin for the academics, and after talking to coach (Lisa) Stone, basketball is an added bonus.”


Flood, who made the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association academic all-state team, knows making the UW team is a long shot. The Badgers have a wealth of guards returning, including 2009 Janesville Parker graduate Catie O’Leary, and Tiera Stephen, a transfer from the University of Louisville.


“Coach Stone said that even if I don’t make the team, I can still be a manager or a practice player,” Flood said. “I’m OK with that. I just want the chance to be a part of the team.”


Flood has been an integral part of every team she has been on. She is the leading scorer in soccer, for the Comets, who have won the last six Southern Lakes titles.


Since her freshman year, Flood has scored 55 goals and added 15 assists. She has 16 goals and four assists this season in leading the Comets to a 9-4 overall record, including a 6-3 conference mark.


Delavan-Darien girls soccer coach Bruce Mowery said Flood’s athleticism sets her apart.


“Had Courtney played club soccer growing up, she could play college soccer for one of the elite Division I programs. That’s how skilled she is,” Mowery said. “Her first touch, which is so important in soccer, is as good as I’ve seen.


“Plus, she’s quick with or without the ball, and strong enough physically to use that to her advantage.


“I know she loves basketball, and is very good at it, but I really wish she would’ve concentrated more on soccer.”


Flood said the main reason she isn’t pursuing soccer at the collegiate level is because she didn’t play enough club soccer growing up.


Rather than go off on her own and play club soccer for a team in the Milwaukee area while her friends did other things, Flood chose to stay with her friends.


“That’s probably the biggest regret I have when it comes to soccer,” Flood said. “Because I’ve had some success, I know that if I would’ve played year-round, I probably could’ve played in college.


“But basketball is still my passion. It’s what I enjoy the most, and the one sport I don’t ever want to stop playing.”


Flood averaged 12 points a game last season for the basketball team, and led the Comets in steals and assists. Union Grove broke Delavan-Darien’s streak of back-to-back Southern Lakes championships, but Flood played well enough to earn second-team honors.


Delavan-Darien girls basketball coach Keiya Square brought Flood up as a freshman and had no qualms about putting her into the starting lineup.


Flood led the team in minutes played the last three seasons, and she was the catalyst behind the Comets’ high-powered offense.


“Courtney was our quarterback on the floor,” Square said. “With Kelly Supernaw here when she first came up as a freshman, and then Alana Cesarz, Courtney didn’t have to be the No. 1 or go-to player, but she sure played like that a lot of times.


“When you realize that since she was a sophomore, she played the most minutes every year of anyone else, that tells you how important she was to our success.”


Flood is realistic about her chances of making the Wisconsin team. She knows she has to work hard this summer on her ball-handling skills, mid-range jumper, and her overall conditioning to even get a second look at tryouts.


But not even long odds can derail Flood’s plans. She has designs on playing college basketball and plans on engineering her way to that goal.


The Flood file

-- Person I admire the most: All the coaches I’ve had.


-- Pregame routine: I’m really superstituous. I have to use the same water bottle, eat the same food (peanut butter and jelly sandwich), wear my hair the same way and listen to the same music.


-- Best sports memory: Playing three varsity sports for four years; Winning conference in soccer three times and twice in basketball.


-- TV show I never miss: “Modern Family.”


-- Favorite food: Pasta or cereal.


-- Favorite movie: “Love and Basketball.”


-- In 10 years, I’ll be: An architectural engineer.


-- Best invention the last 100 years: Cell phone.


-- An unusual thing the average person wouldn’t know about me: I can wiggle my ears.


-- Dream job: General manager of a professional sports team.


-- If I could have one super power, it would be: Flying.


-- If I could play any other sport, it would be: Football.


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


-- CD currently getting the most play: A mix of rap music.



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