Case’s Logic nets Player of the Year
The Racine Case senior guard is in Chicago this week for the McDonald’s All American game at the United Center tonight, and then she’ll head to Indianapolis for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America game at Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Some players might want to take time off after the disappointment of coming up just short of making the state tournament as a senior, but Logic would just as soon keep playing.
“I like it that way,” Logic said.
A statewide panel of media members voted Logic the 2011 Associated Press Wisconsin girls’ basketball Player of the Year—a logical conclusion after a season in which she averaged about 15 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 3.6 steals per game while piling up awards and accolades.
With her high school career in the rearview mirror, Logic now is getting ready to play as a prized recruit at Iowa next season.
Also nominated for Player of the Year honors were Ashley Green of Nicolet, Kerry Gardner of Middleton and Eau Claire Regis’ Heather Bowe.
AP Coach of the Year honors went to Ryan Wundrow, who led Altoona on a surprising title run in Division 3.
Also nominated for Coach of the Year were Nicolet’s Corey Wolf and Newman Catholic’s Tom Weinkauf.
Wundrow’s Altoona team had an uneven regular season, then faced plenty of adversity last week.
The week got off to a miserable start when a key bench player, Lisa Peck, sustained a severe knee injury during practice.
“We talked about it,” Wundrow said. “We talk all the time about opportunities—this is your opportunity. As terrible as we feel for Lisa, we knew at any time, any play could be our last.”
Then the team bus broke down on the way to Madison on Wednesday, and the team had to wait at a restaurant for a new bus to arrive, turning a three-hour trip into a seven-hour journey.
And several players got sick during the state tournament. One player, Bethany Reyzer, got sick on the bench during the third quarter of Friday’s semifinal against Prairie du Chien— then went back in after drinking some water.
For Wundrow, it was a matter of trusting his player to know she could handle it.
“I told her, ‘If you’re ready, I’m OK with it,’” he said. “She did. She finished out the game.”
So did Altoona, which advanced to the Division 3 final on Saturday and beat Kewaunee, 54-48, for the title.
Despite inconsistency in the regular season, Wundrow said his team’s previous state tournament experience helped during the playoffs.
“A lot of it was familiarity,” Wundrow said. “We were familiar with the tournament, and how to play in the tournament. We weren’t just happy to be there.”
While Altoona celebrated its Division 3 championship at a rally on Monday, Logic remained disappointed about not getting Racine Case to the state tournament this year.
Racine Case lost to Milwaukee Pius in a Super Tuesday game, and Logic acknowledged that Pius “just earned it” that day.
“You can reflect on the game, but you can’t really change not being able to go,” Logic said.
Logic did take one positive away from that game, that she and her teammates didn’t give up after falling behind.
“I think we could have easily given up in that game,” Logic said. “Not giving up, I think it showed character on our part.”
She already knows where she’ll be playing in college, so her goal is to relax and enjoy this week’s all-star games.
“Really to have fun,” she said. “They’re meant for fun, meeting new people.”
Playing in all-star games against other Division I players also will help her start to make the adjustment to the college game. And while she’s excited about Iowa, she wants to enjoy the rest of the school year as much as she can.
“You’re not going to get your high school years back, either,” Logic said.