The Marshall High School girls basketball team brings back a core of last year’s squad this season with sights set on returning to the WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Cardinals have won three straight Capitol South titles and won the 2018 and 2019 Division Three state championships, before being knocked off in the Sectional Final by Platteville last March. The Cardinals are ranked #1 in the wissports.net preseason Division Four Girls Basketball Rankings. Coach Doug Pickarts tells DailyDodge.com that they still might bump back up to D3 depending what schools end up having a season this year.
Being in Dane County where local health restrictions are stricter than other parts of the state, Marshall has had to adjust how and where they can practice. The Cardinals will work one-on-one with coaches for 30 minute and twice a week they practice as a team outside of Dane County.
“We have to be creative.” Coach Doug Pickarts said. “We rely on the kids doing Zoom workouts and then when they are working with us, we want to get the shooting in and some conditioning, but it’s still not the same as getting up and down the court playing. But we are just thankful that we are able to play.”
Leading a strong group of veterans returning for the Cardinals are a pair of NCAA Division One recruits. Senior Anna Lutz (Milwaukee commit) and Laura Nickel (Northern Illinois commit) headline a solid group of Cardinals back this season. Lutz (23ppg, 10rpg last season) was a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division Three All-State Selection in 2019 and 2020 and two time Capitol South Player of the Year. Nickel (16ppg, 8 rpg last season) was a 1st Team All-Capitol South pick and Honorable Mention All-State selection last spring. Senior Mya Andrews (6ppg, 4rpg, 4apg, 3 steals) returns as a 2nd Team All-Capitol South pick last year while junior Abby Ward (8ppg, 3apg) was an Honorable Mention all-league pick.
Also returning for Marshall are senior Skyla Michalak, sophomore’s Grace Hellenbrand, Hallie Weisensel and Allie Rateike. Freshman Wynn Hall will also be in the mix.
The Marshall girls blew by Columbus 62-30 in their season opener on Thursday night. They are scheduled to travel to New Glarus on Tuesday night. At this point, Marshall is not allowed to host home games because of Dane County health protocols.
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