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Ryan Kruser, Sr., G, Potosi boys basketball
Potosi senior Ryan Kruser calmly sank his first free throw attempt with no time left on the clock at the end of the third overtime to lift the Chieftains to a wild 64–63 Six Rivers West victory last Friday night at league-leading River Ridge.
Kruser continually came up huge down the stretch. After scoring just one point in the first half, finished with a team-high 22 points (13 of which came in the three overtimes), 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the second-place Chieftains (14–8, 8–2 SRW), who kept their hopes of a shared Six Rivers West title alive win the win..
With four seconds left in the third OT, Ben Udelhofen pressured Ridge's Cole Crubel into a turnover, which was scooped up by Kruser. In an attempt to get off a last-second shot, Kruser was fouled as the buzzer sounded sending him to the line with no time remaining.
Tuesday night, Kruser scored a game-high 24 points, on 7 of 14 from the field and 8 of 11 from the free throw line, to go along with nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in Potosi's 74–56 non-conference victory over River Ridge (Ill.).
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Brayden Dailey, Jr., F, Cuba City boys basketball
Dailey recorded his 10th double–double of the season with 22 points and 15 rebounds in undefeated Cuba City's (19–0) 85–73 victory over visiting Milwaukee Marshall Saturday. Dailey also posted a team-high 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Cubans' dominating 84–63 win over Fennimore last Thursday night.
Kiera Holzemer, Sr., G, Cuba City girls basketball
Holzemer eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career during Cuba City's 54–23 victory at Fennimore Tuesday, Feb. 11. Former Cuba City head coach Jeff Pustina and current Cubans' head coach Brad Lutes were on hand to celebrate the honor with Holzemer, who finished with seven points in the games. Holzemer also scored 15 points to share team-high honors with Parker Kopp and Bailey Lutes during Cuba City's 63–32 Senior Night victory over Southwestern last Friday night.
Natalie Leuzinger, Sr., F, Black Hawk girls basketball
Leuzinger became Black Hawk's all-time leading scorer on a layup in the second half of the Warriors' 72–41 victory at Albany last Thursday, Feb. 13. She finished with 15 points in the game and now has 1,668 career points, breaking the previous school record of 1,664 held by Conner Meyer.
Brady Olson, Sr., G, Cuba City boyls basketball
Olson scored a season-high 33 points, one off his career-high, and dished out 10 assists for his eighth doubel-double of the season and added nine rebounds in Cuba City's 85–73 win over visiting Division 2 Milwaukee Marshall on Saturday. The senior point guard also scored 19 points and had nine boards and six assists in the Cubans' 84–63 win over Fennimore last Tuesday night.