Rysavy scores 1,000th point as LP girls beat BP

Published 11:47 pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lyle-Pacelli's Ann Rysavy is greeted by Lyle-Pacelli assistant coach Carl Truckenmiller after she scored her 1,000th career point in Blooming Prairei Tuesday. The Athletics won 45-29. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The last time Lyle-Pacelli junior Ann Rysavy played a basketball game in Blooming Prairie, it was in a 66-33 loss in a playoff game and she sat out most of the second half with a concussion.

Blooming Prairie's Janelle Morem fights up a shot against Lyle-Pacelli in BP Tuesday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

Fast forward three years and things have changed drastically.

Rysavy scored her 1,000th career point in BP Tuesday, but more importantly, she led a team that starts two juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen to a 45-29 win over the Awesome Blossoms.

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“Tonight we all trusted each other and we did so good together. This win was huge,” said Rysavy, who finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists. “The win was bigger than the 1,000. I wouldn’t have gotten 1,000 points without my teammates. No way.”

LP (2-0 overall) never trailed the entire night as it scored the first eight points of the game. BP (1-2 overall) tied things up at 17 late in the second half, but Rysavy came up with a steal that she converted into a lay-up and Sarah Holtz, who finished with 13 points, hit two free throws to put BP up 21-17 at the break.

LP opened the second half on an 8-1 run that was capped my Rysavy’s 1,000th point, which came on a free throw that made it 29-18.

LP head coach Brad Walter said Tuesday’s win says a lot about his squad.

“We never had a significant win to this point,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of young kids with a lot of talent, but we’d never beaten a really good team. I think we’re a different team this year. We really found out where we’re at and we’re pretty good.”

Rysavy called the win the second biggest win of her career — right behind the playoff win over Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton in her freshman season — and she’s looking forward to the rest of the season.

“We expected to play with them and come out strong. They’re a good team, but we just had a little more heart,” she said. “We’re pumped and we’re gonna win big games (this year).”

Walter said that Rysavy has been a major part of his program, ever since he decided to start playing her as a seventh grader after a tough loss to Spring Grove.

Lyle-Pacelli's Sarah Holtz goes up for a breakaway lay-up in BP Tuesday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

“I realized it was time to start playing young kids and we never looked back,” he said. “I think she’s a key for taking this program in the right direction.”

As Rysavy handled a lot of the offense, sophomore Madison Truckenmiller, who has also played varsity since she was a seventh grader, stepped up big time on defense.

Truckenmiller, who had seven points and nine rebounds, held BP sophomore center Taylor Hagen to just five points. Truckenmiller was familiar with Hagen as she had played with her and against her over the past summer.

“I just played her physical,” Truckenmiller said. “This was a really big win and it shows we’re a different team than last year.”

BP was led by Jenna Krell, who had seven points and eight rebounds.

BP 17 12 — 29

LP 21 24 — 45

LP scoring: Ann Rysavy, 16; Sarah Holtz, 13; Madison Truckenmiller, 7; Courtney Walter, 5; Annie Holtz, 3; Maggie Lewison, 1; field goals: 31 percent (14-for-45); three-pointers: 8 percent (1-for-12); free throws: 57 percent (16-for-28); rebounds: 36 (Rysavy, 10); turnovers: 17

BP scoring: Madison Worke, 7; Jenna Krell, 7; Taylor Hagen, 5; Janelle Morem, 5; Sara Noble, 5; field goals: 22 percent (11-for-48); three-pointers: 0 percent (0-for-10); rebounds: 34 (Krell, 8); turnovers: 20