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Belleville Girls Basketball Prepares for 2020-21 Season


November 19, 2020

Belleville Girls Basketball prepare for a season like they have not seen before dealing with all the hurdles that will come with COVID-19.

The 2020-21 Belleville Girls basketball team plans on building from their 14-10 record from last year amidst the challenges that COVID-19 brings to high school sports teams. There will definitely be a number of changes and struggles that COVID-19 will bring to the table and the Wildcats continue to hope to see this season come to fruition.

Belleville finished 2nd in the Capitol South Conference and second year head coach Tony Pharo brings back his top scorer, top rebounder, top assist, and steal leaders from last year, as well as 10 returning Varsity letter winners. The Wildcats will be led by a strong junior class that includes returning Second Team All-Conference players Ava Foley and Callie Smith, along with their most improved player, Mickey Stampfl.

The Wildcats are fortunate to bring back their leading scorer and top in assists per game in Ava Foley, who averaged 12.2 ppg, their top rebounder in Callie Smith who averaged 11.5 rebounds per game and finished third in Division 4 in rebounding. Mickey Stampfl returns as the leading top steals per game player for the Wildcats and she will be expected to be one of the Belleville’s floor generals on the team. Coach Pharo stated that, “Smith (6’) has a large presence in the inside both offensively and defensively, and in securing rebounds on both ends, and with Ava Foley beginning her third year on varsity her extreme athleticism, quickness, ability to score, and ability to out jump other players will be a huge asset to the team.”

The Wildcats also expect to get great leadership from senior Cecilia Grefsheim, who played in all games last year and will expect to contribute even more this year.

The Belleville Wildcats will also be looking for players such as seniors Shylah Leitz, Kylie Herring and Jenna Banfield, juniors Kenna Edge, Madi Winterburn, and Alyssa Caskey, and sophomore Lainey Winkers and others to step up and contribute more to the Wildcat’s success this year.

Belleville brings back a lot of varsity basketball experience this year, which will allow them to compete for one of the top spots in the Capitol South Conference.

Belleville opens the season against two talented teams, Shullsburg on November 24th and Fort Atkinson on December 1st. Another notable early season game for the Wildcats will be on December 21st when they travel to Mineral Point.


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