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Carter Olson, Sr., PG, Cuba City boys basketball
Cuba City senior point guard Carter Olson turned in a pair of top-notched performances to lead the Cubans to the tournament title at the JustAgame Thanksgiving Tournament held in JAG Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27. Olson tallied a game-high 20 points and a team-high five assists in a 71–63 victory over the Holmen Vikings (1–1) on Friday and then went off for a career-high 33 points with 10 steals, five rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot in Saturday’s 75-49 championship win over the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Red Raiders (1–2). Olson and the Cubans (2–0) will travel to Black Hawk tonight.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Mykaylia Bauer, Sr., G, Potosi/Cassville girls basketball
Bauer scored her team's final 11 points over the final six minutes to rally the Potosi/Cassville girls from a 39–33 deficit to a 44–43 non-conference victory at Pecatonica last Monday night. Bauer finished the game with a team-high 13 points, six assists, five of her team’s 25 steals and four rebounds.
D.J. Kelley, Sr., G/F, Lancaster boys basketball
Kelley erupted for a career-high 34 points to lead the Flying Arrows (1–1) to a 68–59 season-opening victory at Highland last Tuesday night. Kelley made 9 of 17 shots from the field, including 3 of 7 from 3-point land, and converted 13 of 15 from the free throw line, including six straight in the final minute to close out the win.
Erin Knowles, So., G/F, Boscobel girls basketball
Knowles tallied 19 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals to lead the Lady Bulldogs (1–1) to a 60–34 season-opening win at River Valley last Tuesday night. Knowles also had 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks in a 59–50 loss over visiting Wauzeka/Steuben Tuesday night.
Brady Larson, Sr. PG, Fennimore boys basketball
Playing on what turned out to be a fractured left ankle, Larson made 7 of 20 3-point attempts and pumped in a game-high 23 points, including a pair of clutch triples late in the game to give the Golden Eagles a 10-point advantage, to lead Fennimore to a 64–61 win at Barneveld last Saturday night. Larson also chipped in four rebounds, four steals and two assists while hobbling through the entire game. Larson, who originally injured the ankle two weeks ago in practice, was first diagnosed Sunday morning, and will receive further evaluation today (Thursday).
Tori Nodolf, Jr., F, Belmont girls basketball
Nodolf scored a game-high 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting, to go along with eight rebounds and three steals in Belmont's 73–45 blowout win over Barneveld Tuesday night. Nodolf is averaging 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-high 52.2 percent from the field for the undefeated Braves (6–0).