Manitowoc Lincoln girls basketball coach Kate Deiters remembers it well.
The rookie head coach watched her standout junior guard truly take over a ballgame for the first time.
Alyssa Fischer scored a career-high 32 points as the Ships edged perennial Division 3 powerhouse Oostburg 64-63 in a non-conference game back on Feb. 1.
“She just took over that game and she did it in every aspect,” Deiters said. “To me, that is Alyssa Fischer and that is what she can do when she sets her mind to something.”
Fischer, this year’s HTR Media Girls Basketball Player of the Year, is just one of those players. It’s not a question of if she’s going to get her points, it’s when. However, Fischer brings more to the table than pure scoring ability.
“She’s a tough player, a true competitor,” Deiters said. “This year, she has continued to grow, not only as a great player, but also as a leader. She does the little things right and she’s always getting the team fired up to play as hard as they possibly can.”
Fischer averaged 18 points per game this season, a mark which placed her second in the Fox River Classic Conference. Even with opposing team’s scheming in hopes of minimizing her impact offensively, Fischer eclipsed the 20-point mark in nine of 22 games this year and scored in double digits in all but one contest.
When Deiters challenged her to maximize her effort defensively, Fischer answered the bell. The ability to cope with pressure from her coach as well as opposing teams is what makes Fischer a unique talent.
“She understands that her role this year is different than it was last year,” Deiters said. “Teams are going to focus on her. It’s going to be more difficult than it was last year. At the same time, I am continually wanting her to become the best defensive player that she can. I was asking her to step up on both ends of the court this year and I think she did a great job of it.”
Fischer has one more season remaining with the Ships and her head coach is confident she’ll make the most of it.
“I wish that she could be here for another three or four years,” Deiters said with a laugh. “I’m very excited for the future for her because I just see her continually becoming a better player. I think she’s going to be working very hard in this offseason and will be ready to go for next basketball season.”
Alyssa Fischer, jr., Man. Lincoln (POY)
Fischer was a first-team all-Fox River Classic Conference selection….named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press…she was second in the FRCC in scoring with an average of 18 points per game…scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games this season…scored a career-high 32 points in a 64-63 win over Oostburg on Feb. 1…tallied a double-double (19 points and 10 rebounds) against Green Bay East on Dec. 19.
Shelby Otto, jr., Reedsville
Averaged 11.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game…for the second consecutive year, the only area player, boys or girls, to average a double-double…recorded 14 double-doubles in 21 games…first team all-Olympian Conference…named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press…scored a season-high 24 points in a win over Manitowoc Lutheran on Feb. 6…collected a season-high 15 rebounds against Manitowoc Lutheran on Dec. 17…averaged 3.7 blocks per game…had seven blocks in two different games against Valders.
Kenzie Walesh, sr., Two Rivers
A unanimous first-team all-Eastern Wisconsin Conference pick…averaged 11.2 points and 6 rebounds per game…scored a career-high 26 points to go with a season-high 12 rebounds in a win over Manitowoc Lincoln on Nov. 30…shot 48.7 percent from the field…recorded two double-doubles this season.
Alexi Walesh, so., Two Rivers
Led the conference champion Raiders in scoring at 12.4 points per game…a unanimous first-team all-EWC selection…averaged 6 rebounds per game…scored a season-high 22 points in a win over Valders on Dec. 28…grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds to go along with 18 points in a win over Roncalli on March 7.
Cassie Schweitzer, so., Kiel
Named first-team all-EWC…scored double digits in 11 of 19 games this season…led the conference in scoring at 13.4 points per game…second in the EWC in rebounding at eight per game…scored career-high 29 points in win over New Holstein on Dec. 13…collected 12 rebounds against Waupun on Dec. 5 and New Holstein on Dec. 13…shot 54.4 percent from the field…tallied three double-doubles this season.
Danelle Buck, sr., Valders
Averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game…named first-team all-OC…eclipsed the 1,000 point scoring plateau in the fourth quarter against Reedsville on Jan. 23…scored 29 points in a win over New Holstein on Jan. 21…shot 41.2 percent from the field…grabbed 18 rebounds against Wrightstown on Feb.14…recorded six double-doubles.
Second team: Alyssa Grotegut, sr. Man. Lincoln
Averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game..second-team all-FRCC pick…was fifth in the league in rebounding…shot 39 percent from the floor on the season…scored a career-high 25 points in a win over Appleton West on Feb. 24.
Arianna Neumeyer, jr., Man. Lutheran
Led the Lancers in scoring with 12.2 points per game…named second-team all-OC…scored season-high 20 points in win over Hilbert on Dec. 5…scored in double figures in 16 of 20 games.
MacKayla Menges, jr., Man. Lutheran
Named second-team all-OC…averaged 10.8 points per game…scored in double digits in 12 of 20 games…notched a season-high 24 points in win over Gibraltar on March 4.
Riley Grimm, jr., Reedsville
Averaged 9.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and three steals per game…named second team all-OC…scored season-high 14 points in a win over Roncalli on Jan. 10…recorded five double-doubles this season…collected a season-high 11 rebounds in wins over Wrightstown and Manitowoc Lutheran…had season-high five steals in three different games…recorded at least three steals in 18 of 21 games.
Maddie Dahmer, sr., Kiel
A second-team all-EWC selection…she averaged 9.7 points at 5.5 rebounds per game…scored a career-high 21 points in a win over Howards Grove on Feb. 13…recorded a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) against Kewaskum on Jan. 9.
Alex Cliff, so., Roncalli
Averaged 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game…an honorable mention selection in the OC…recorded three double-doubles this season…scored season-high 12 points against Wrightstown and Manitowoc Lutheran….grabbed 14 rebounds in win over Chilton on Dec. 5…had six blocks against Wrightstown on Feb. 1.