Champion St. Croix Central girls get three All-MBC basketball spots
The first Middle Border Conference championship won by a St. Croix Central girls basketball team was rewarded with three Panthers earning spots on the 2018 All-MBC team.
That was led by senior Mia Krogseng. Not only was Krogseng a first team selection, she was also named as the Middle Border Conference Player of the Year.
Krogseng was joined on the first team by junior Claire Frankiewicz. Senior guard Kalli Cress was Central's third selection, being placed on the second team.
Somerset also had three girls placed on the team. Senior Anna Rybacki was voted onto the first team. Senior Tori Gareis and junior Georgia Hammer, both guards, were honorable mention choices.
New Richmond had two players selected, including their oldest and youngest starters. Senior Lorin Bauer and freshman Leah DeYoung were both honorable mention selections.
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Krogseng was clearly deserving of the Player of the Year honors. The Panthers went 14-0 in the conference and finished 21-3 overall this season. Krogseng led the Panthers in scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounds (9.0 per game) and assists (3.5 per game). That versatility may have been her greatest asset. She could handle the ball as well as any point guard, and she could post up as well as any area post player.
Frankiewicz and Cress were ideal complements to Krogseng. Frankiewicz grew immensely as a post factor this season, becoming a stronger scoring threat and rebounder. She averaged 10.6 points and eight rebounds per game. Cress was a highly reliable perimeter shooter. She was also a strong perimeter defender who had a knack for sinking clutch shots.
The trio of Spartans who were honored helped turn a young team filled with question marks into an upper division MBC team by the end of the season.
That success started with Rybacki. At both ends of the court, Rybacki's relentless nature paid dividends. On offense, she was one of the best guards in creating opportunities for herself and her teammates with her slashing drives to the hoop. She led the team by averaging 13.7 points and 6.3 assists per game. Her defensive skill also served critical importance. She could effectively guard any opponent on the court, from a point guard to a post player.
Gareis was a vast surprise in all aspects of her game. She became a red-hot outside shooter who could carry the team for stretches. She ended up averaging 11.2 points. Gareis showed major improvement as a defender, seemingly becoming more tenacious on defense with each passing game.
Hammer was beginning to emerge as a player for the Spartans at the end of that season. She jumped right into the lineup this season and became a constant offensive threat. She is best at shooting from the arc, but worked hard to become a well-rounded offensive threat.
Bauer was put in a difficult position this season as the only senior seeing significant game time for the Tigers. She met the challenge with her best overall season. Bauer is a deadly perimeter shooter, leading the Tigers by averaging 9.4 points per game.
DeYoung didn't begin the season seeing much varsity action, but that changed quickly. She quickly showed the poise as a freshman to play consistently at the varsity level. She has the length to play in the post, but she also has the mobility to play around the arc. She ended the season averaging eight points per game, along with leading the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.