After two days of the high school season, I’ve been to two games and seen talented players on all four teams. I want to highlight some of the kids who stood out when I was in the gym these past two days seeing Laconia vs. Oostburg and Muskego vs. Franklin.
On opening night, Ketterhagen came out of the gates strong. She knocked down a handful of 3-pointers, showed off some skills in transition, and did some excellent work before the defense got organized. She has some things to work on, but she showed flashes of being an uber-dynamic lead guard for Oostburg this season and beyond.
I had no previous knowledge of Wisse going into opening night, but she played at a high level. Wisse is a 5-foot-10 strong wing, but with a roster without much size, Wisse played much taller than her listed size. However, Wisse also knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half, which helped stretch the Laconia defense.
I don’t remember thinking about Engel as a versatile kid who could change the course of a game last season, but that’s what she did on opening night. Engel did a bit of everything. She got inside and scored with her back to the basket, knocked down some jumpers, scored off some offensive rebounds, and kept the ball moving when it got to her. She’s a jack-of-all-trades kind of player.
The Laconia guard wasn’t on the ball that much, but she found ways to affect the game. She took advantage of her opportunities and made most of her shots. Leonard made a back cut beat the defense then kicked out for a 3-pointer that didn’t fall. The guard also moved her feet well on defense and made plays on the ball more times than I could count. Leonard and Laconia, as a whole, just fouled a bit too much, especially in the second half.
Unfortunately, Dibb fouled early and often, some of the calls being unlucky on her end, but she was the most dynamic player I saw over the past two days. Dibb likes to force the issue and make plays, whereas others look to do what the offense suggests. I see her as a 5-foot-10 point guard now, and she can make a difference with the ball in her hands.
The first half Meaux put together last night was extraordinary. She got anything she wanted and then some. Meaux ran her defender off screens and found open pockets against a zone. The Franklin native was on the top of her game in the first half and showed how dangerous she could be if not accounted for from the jump.