BENTON — Potosi/Cassville’s Anna Kartman joined the 1,000-point club with 11:16 left in the first half of Saturday afternoon’s Six Rivers West girls basketball game at Benton.
The Cassville senior snagged an offensive rebound away from two Zephyrs, took one gather dribble near the right block and scored on a turnaround jumper over her left shoulder while being fouled to reach the 1,000-point career milestone.
Kartman completed the three-point play and finished the game with nine points in the visiting Chieftains’ 61–23 victory over Benton and became the third girl in Cassville history to surpass 1,000 career points, joining Claire Faurote (CHS Class of 2002) and Andrea Okey (Class of 2016) and the first in the three-year history of the Potosi/Cassville co-op.
The game was briefly stopped after Kartman’s milestone basket and she was immediately was first mobbed by teammates and was then was presented with the game ball. She was congratulated by Potosi/Cassville coaches Brad Bierman and Ron Kading, then took time to hug her father Duane on the other side of center court.
Kartman, who now has 1,007 career points after scoring 267 during her freshman year at Cassville and 740 the past three years as part of the Potosi/Cassville co-op also became the second 1000-point scorer in her own family. She joined older brother Ty Kartman, a 2014 Cassville graduate, who finished his career with 1,617 points.
“Anna is a humble kid who wants to keep the attention on the team and not herself individually but this is a significant achievement and she is deserving of the recognition that comes with achieving this milestone,” said coach Bierman.
Kartman’s milestone basket gave the Potosi co-op an 11–2 lead and the Chieftains continued the celebration on the court the rest of the first half building a overwhelming 35–10 halftime lead.
Coach Bierman’s squad cruised to a 38-point win and improved to 5–3 in the Six Rivers West and 10–7 overall.
Kartman finished with nine points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Fellow senior Logan Hubbard scored a game-high 15 points, had a team-high seven of the Chieftains’ 29 steals, five rebounds and four assists.
Senior Lilly Post added 11 points and eight rebounds for the winners. Junior Mykaylia Bauer added eight points and four steals.
Sophomore Jocelyn Cummins scored a team-high six points to lead the Zephyrs, who finished the regulars season 1–12 overall and 0–8 in the SRW.
Last Thursday’s SRW game against visiting Shullsburg was cancelled due to snow and the conference champion Miners (17–9, 9–0 SRW) opted not to make-up the game with the WIAA playoffs beginning Tuesday night.
Friday’s SRW game with River Ridge (4–7, 1–6) was also postponed due to below-freezing temperatures and was rescheduled for Tuesday night as both the Chieftains and Timberwolves had first-round byes in the regional playoffs.
Potosi/Cassville earned the No. 2 seed in its five-team Division 4 regional and will host No. 3 Cuba City (12–7, 9–3 SWAL), which tied Fennimore for second place in the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League, in a D4 regional semifinal Friday night. The Chieftains hammered the Cubans and Division 1 Chicago–Illinois recruit Bailey Lutes 62–35 Tuesday, Dec. 29.
With a win the Chieftains would advance to face the winner of Tuesday’s 4–5 game between Darlington and Southwestern or top-seeded Mineral Point (12–5, 11–1 SWAL champion).
Potosi/Cassville 61, Benton 23
(from Saturday, Feb. 6 @ Benton)
Potosi/Cassville 35 26 — 61
Benton 10 13 — 23
Potosi/Cassville (10–7, 5–3) — Mykaylia Bauer 8, Jessica Noonan 3, Lilly Post 11, Skylar Otte 3, Logan Hubbard 15, Ally Ihm 3, Anna Kartman 9, Emily Bierman 5, Natalee Fried 2, Kylie Reuter 2. Totals —19-66 16-25 61.
Benton (1–12, 0–8) — Anna Richardson 4, Claire Tiedeman 2, Taylor Mowry 3, Halle Stluka 4, Genna Langkamp 4, Jocelyn Cummins 6. Totals — 11 1-6 23.
3-point goals — P/C: 7-25 (Bauer 2, Noonan 1, Otte 1, Hubbard 2, Bierman 1), B: 0. Team fouls — P/C: 11, B: 19 Fouled out — none.