The 8-1 Owen-Withee girls basketball team has just one senior, Bailey Karaba, and she has been key to the success of the Blackhawks season thus far.
She is the team captain and is the No. 2 scorer on the team with an average of 12.2 points per game.
Karaba leads the team in assists and rebounds and has been named to the Cloverbelt East all-conference team as a sophomore and junior.
“She’s a true leader,” O-W coach Al Guthman said. “She’s our playmaker and gets everyone involved in the game.”
Neillsville has won the conference the past few years. What’s it going to take to knock them off? Smart play by the whole team. We have to play good defense and make our shots. Basically play our best game.
How does playing in the Cloverbelt Conference prepare you for the playoffs? It’s a tough conference, so it really gets us ready for the postseason. We play tough teams almost every night, so we know what we need to work on to get better as a team.
What do you like best about your team? We’re a small team and we’ve all gelled. Our young girls are stepping up and we play well together.
What is your best shot on the floor? Either shooting a 3-pointer from the wing or bunnies from the post. I play in the post a lot, but I like to get outside and shoot 3-pointers, too.
Are you involved in any non sport activities at school? I’m in Future Farmers of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I like the opportunities outside of school that you have being part of these two organizations. You go to conferences and other events and get to meet a lot of great people.
What historical figure would you like to have lunch with and what would you talk about? Martin Luther King Jr. I’d like to know how he was able to keep his composure when things around him were so bad. It would be interesting to talk with him about his ideas and beliefs.
What are you plans for next year? I just got accepted to St. Thomas in St. Paul (Minn.) and I’m going to play basketball. My AAU coach is an assistant for St. Thomas and told me to check it out. When I visited, I loved the campus and the basketball team. I’m going to study to be a veterinarian. I’ve always wanted to help animals.