Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Estella is WBCA All-State


dailyunion.com, March 14, 2017

Madison Edgewood’s Estella Moschkau leads the 2017 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-State as the lone unanimous selection in Division 3.
Moschkau repeated as first team All-State selection.

Moschkau was named co-Miss Basketball on Saturday and led the Crusaders (25-3) to their first State title in program history. The Stanford recruit averaged 18.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.6 blocks per game for coach Lora Staveness and the Crusaders. Moschkau helped Madison Edgewood reach the State Tournament for the first time in program history as a junior. She finished her career with 1,606 points.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Madison Edgewood's Estella Moschkau earns Gatorade state player of the year honor

Jon Masson, madison.com, March 13, 2017

Madison Edgewood senior forward Estella Moschkau collected another major honor on Monday.
The 6-foot-2 Moschkau was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Wisconsin Girls Basketball Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced in a release Monday.
Moschkau, a Stanford signee, became the first Edgewood player to be selected as Gatorade girls player of the year.
The award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court.
Moschkau now becomes a finalist for the Gatorade national player of the year award.
On Saturday, Moschkau was named a co-recipient of the Miss Basketball Award for the state, as named by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Moschkau was presented with the award during halftime of the WIAA Division 4 title game Saturday at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.
In an interview, Moschkau acknowledged her parents, coaches, teammates, friends and family for helping her on her journey, saying, “I’m so honored and grateful.”
Then Moschkau went out and scored a game-high 20 points and also grabbed seven rebounds in leading the Crusaders to a 51-30 victory over Greendale Martin Luther in the WIAA Division 3 championship game. It was Edgewood’s first WIAA title in two appearances. The Crusaders reached state for the first time last season, losing in the semifinals. 
Moschkau was named to the all-tournament team by state media after completion of this year's tournament Saturday night. 

Moschkau, at the time of her selection for the Gatorade honor, was averaging 18.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocks entering the Division 3 title game. She was a first-team all-state selection last season. She is Edgewood’s school career leader in points and blocked shots.
Moschkau worked hard in the offseason on her defense and continued to work on her basketball skills, strength and conditioning during the school year, regularly getting up for 5:30 a.m. workouts.
Edgewood coach Lora Staveness said Moschkau has “an unbelievable work ethic, like all great players do” and has the ability to control the game “without having to put up eye-popping numbers.”
Added Staveness: “At 6-2, Estella is often an offensive and defensive nightmare for teams, as she is able to play all five positions on the floor.”
Wrightstown coach Mike Froehlke, whose team lost to Edgewood in Thursday’s Division 3 semifinals, called Moschkau “a fabulous player.”
“Estella Moschkau is a phenomenal player,” Monona Grove coach Tyler Kuehl said in the Gatorade release. “She affects the game like no other player I’ve seen this year. She has so many skills offensively that if you take one thing away, she can switch gears to something else. She’s also an incredible defender.”
Moschkau has served as a tutor in her school and has volunteered on behalf of a homeless shelter, Meals on Wheels and for youth sports programs. She has a 4.0 GPA.
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Moschkau will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play it Forward program.
Barneveld guard Hannah Whitish, who now plays at Nebraska, was last season’s state Gatorade player of the year.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Moschkau shares Miss Basketball honor



               Mark Stewart, jsonline.com, March 11, 2017

When it came to selecting the state’s top senior, the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association couldn’t choose just one.

Saturday the organization announced Madison Edgewood’s Estella Moschkau as a co-winner of the Miss Basketball award. This is the first time two players have shared the honor. The players were announced during halftime of the Division 4 state championship game.

The honor was announced in advance of the full release of the WBCA all-state teams Monday.

Moschkau, a 6-2 guard/forward who signed with Stanford, led Madison Edgewood to a 51-30 victory over Martin Luther in the Division 3 championship game Saturday.
She had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. She finished the season with averages of 18.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Moschkau, who also said she improved her conditioning during the off-season, expects to play anything from power forward to shooting guard in college.
“They want me to improve my ball-handling and my shooting, all the fundamentals,” Moschkau said. “Hopefully defense will be key for me. I really like defense, so I’m really hoping to bring that to their program.”

Estella and Madison Edgewood gets WIAA title for first time




Jon Masson, madison.com, March 12, 2017

For senior Estella Moschkau and the Madison Edgewood girls basketball team, redemption finally arrived in their return to the Resch Center.
Edgewood watched a late lead slip away during last season’s state semifinals and used that one-point loss to eventual champion Hayward as year-long motivation.
Edgewood’s crusade this season realized the desired result Saturday in the WIAA Division 3 state championship game.
The third-ranked Crusaders won their 19th consecutive game, rolling to a 51-30 victory over second-ranked Greendale Martin Luther.
It was Edgewood’s first WIAA championship in its second state appearance.
Moschkau, who earlier Saturday was named co-recipient of the Miss Basketball Award scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. 
“It’s exactly what we wanted,” said Moschkau, a Stanford commit. “It was the revenge we were planning for, I guess you could say. Right after we lost, it was in our minds. Throughout the summer and the course of the season, it was always on our minds — that one loss last year.
“And we always kept that thought and we pushed through every adversity, and we overcame a lot. … It’s all happiness right now. We are so happy now. I can’t describe it right now. It is a you’ve-got-be-there-type feeling.”
The Crusaders (25-3) used a dominating defensive effort and snapped the Spartans’ 25-game winning streak, holding Martin Luther to a season-low point total.
Martin Luther (26-2), making its state debut, shot only 27.5 percent from the floor, including 22.2 percent in the first half when Edgewood earned a 19-11 halftime lead.
The Spartans, who had no players score in double figures, were 1-for-15 from 3-point range and committed 17 turnovers.
Martin Luther coach Corey Scheel said the Crusaders “were just swarming” and demonstrated outstanding hustle and help-side defense.
“I give Edgewood a lot of credit,” Scheel said. “They really ramped up their defensive intensity — it was nothing I’ve really seen out of them throughout the year. They did a really nice job taking away the outside shots. They covered the 3-ball well, which we can shoot. We didn’t shoot it well tonight.”
Edgewood coach Lora Staveness said her team wanted to take away the Spartans’ drives into the lane while also closing out on perimeter shots.
“Halfway through the season we amped up our defensive intensity and focused on that, and that would lead to our offense,” Staveness said.
That defensive emphasis is what won Edgewood the state championship, the 6-foot-2 Moschkau said.
“(Moschkau) is so long and so tall, even if it looked like I was open, I was tentative,” said the Spartans’ leading scorer who was held to seven points. “They played good ‘D.’ We expected them to pack it in more. They kind of did the opposite and they pressured us more in the halfcourt. And unforced errors were the detriment to us.”
The Crusaders also attacked the rim on offense, leading to numerous free-throw opportunities. Edgewood was 16-for-30 from the foul line; Martin Luther was 7-for-12.
A key stretch in reaching that goal came when the Crusaders scored the final eight points of the first half and took an eight-point lead into halftime.
Moschkau scored six of the eight points, including a 3-pointer from the left corner that put Edgewood ahead 19-11 with 2:53 left.
“Too many unforced turnovers in the first half is what really doomed us,” Scheel said.
A 7-2 run opening the second half gave Edgewood a 13-point cushion. The lead ballooned to 22 points late in the game.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

NAISMITH HS ALL-AMERICANS

            Dodson and Williams lauded for second consecutive afternoon

gostanford.com, March 8, 2017

Stanford incoming freshmen Kiana Williams and Maya Dodson were lauded for the second consecutive afternoon when the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 2017 Naismith High School Girls' All-America teams on Wednesday. Williams landed on the second team and Dodson on the third team.
 
There are three five-member Naismith All-America teams and 14 additional players that earned honorable mention accolades. Stanford is one of three schools with two players on the top three squads. Yesterday, Williams and Dodson were named to the 10-person WBCA High School Coaches' All-America team.
 
The duo, who signed with Stanford in November, were also were selected to participate in both the McDonald's All American Game on March 29 in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 in Brooklyn.
 
Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) and Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis) make up half of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which, along with Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Harbord Collegiate) and Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood), is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
 
Williams, a 5-foot-7, five-star point guard from San Antonio, Texas, is the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and Stanford's first top-10 recruit since Chiney Ogwumike signed as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
 
She averaged 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals per game as a junior for Karen Wagner High School. She was a first-team all-state selection for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well as the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Williams averaged 22 points and four assists in leading the Thunderbirds to a 25-5 overall record this season.
 
Dodson, a 6-foot-3 wing, is a five-star talent and the No. 11 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. A back-to-back state title winner in 2015 and 2016 at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga., Dodson averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks per game as a junior and was named Georgia's Class A player of the year. In 30 games this season put up 14 points and eight rebounds for the 24-4 Knights.
 
This past summer, she won a bronze medal with Team USA at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in Zaragoza, Spain, making the 12-person roster out of a pool of 139 trial invitees. Dodson started all seven games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, including scoring 12 and adding seven boards in the team's 65-50 win over China to secure third place.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Williams named to WBCA All-American team


Wagner’s Kiana Williams drives the ball past Steele’s player on Dec. 16, 2016

David Hinojosa, mysanantonio.com, March 6, 2017

Wagner’s Kiana Williams was one 10 players named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's All-American team on Monday.
Williams, who is signed with Stanford, averaged 21.6 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals, for the Thunderbirds, who went 25-5 and earned a share of the District 27-6A championship with Judson and Steele.
It’s the second major honor for Williams, who was named as a McDonald’s All American in January. Williams will participate in the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 29 at the United Center in Chicago.
Williams will also participate in another national all-star game, the Jordan Brand Classic, on April 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

WBCA HS ALL-AMERICANS-


                     Accolades continue to pour in for Williams, Dodson

gostanford.com, March 7, 2017

Incoming freshmen Maya Dodson and Kiana Williams were named to the 10-person 2017 WBCA High School Coaches' All-America team, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday.
 
Stanford was one of three schools to have two signees selected. Erica McCall and Karlie Samuelson were the last Cardinal to earn high school All-America honors from the WBCA in 2013.
 
The duo, who signed with Stanford in November, were also were selected to participate in both the McDonald's All American Game on March 29 in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 in Brooklyn.
 
Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis) and Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) make up half of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which, along with Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Harbord Collegiate) and Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood), is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
 
Dodson, a 6-foot-3 wing, is a five-star talent and the No. 11 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. A back-to-back state title winner in 2015 and 2016 at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga., Dodson averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks per game as a junior and was named Georgia's Class A player of the year. In 30 games this season put up 14 points and eight rebounds for the 24-4 Knights.
 
This past summer, she won a bronze medal with Team USA at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in Zaragoza, Spain, making the 12-person roster out of a pool of 139 trial invitees. Dodson started all seven games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, including scoring 12 and adding seven boards in the team's 65-50 win over China to secure third place.
 
Kiana Williams, a 5-foot-7, five-star point guard from San Antonio, Texas, is the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and Stanford's first top-10 recruit since Chiney Ogwumike signed as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
 
Williams averaged 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals per game as a junior for Karen Wagner High School. She was a first-team all-state selection for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well as the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Williams averaged 22 points and four assists in leading the Thunderbirds to a 25-5 overall record this season.