McMahon, Norregaard, Douglas honored

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior forward Liz McMahon was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference for a second straight season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls basketball team reclaimed the Big Eight Conference title this season, its seventh league crown in eight years. So it came as no surprise that the Cardinals were well represented when it came to all-conference honors.

Middleton senior forward Liz McMahon was named first-team all-league, while junior guard Elizabeth Norregaard was named second-team all-conference and sophomore forward Grace Douglas received honorable-mention honors.

Middleton was the only team in the league to have three players honored in what became a somewhat controversial vote.

McMahon finished third on the team in scoring at 9.8 points per game. She also led Middleton in rebounding (9.0) and steals (3.0).

McMahon was named first-team all-conference for a second straight year.

“Liz was a little down in scoring this year, but that was probably a result of more balanced scoring from the team as a whole,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “She was a great competitor and her rebounding and ball hawking ability were crucial to our success.”

Norregaard was one of the league’s most dynamic scorers and led the Cardinals with 13.5 points per game. Norregaard’s 32-point effort at Janesville Parker was the most by a Cardinal in more than 20 years.

Norregaard, who transferred into the district from Denmark last fall, led the conference with 60 three-point shots made. Kind believed Norregaard was worthy of inclusion on the first team, and wasn’t happy that one school left Norregaard off its ballot altogether.

“Elizabeth gave us an excellent scorer and three-point threat, which resulted in teams face-guarding her the last portion of the season,” Kind said. “She’ll come into next season as one of the premier scorers in the league.”

Douglas was one of the league’s more versatile players, capable of hurting teams from inside and out. Douglas finished fourth on the team in scoring (8.3), added 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.6 steals per contest.

“Grace is just scratching the surface of her ability,” Kind said. “She is a really tough matchup and will be a force next year.”

While Kind was happy to get three players honored, he couldn’t understand how junior forward Cole Jordee didn’t receive any recognition whatsoever.

Jordee was Middleton’s second-leading scorer (10.1), second-leading rebounder (7.1) and arguably the Cardinals’ most consistent player.

“I really felt Cole Jordee was snubbed,” Kind said. “Sometimes our success as a team overshadows some of our individual performances in the eyes of others because we can go so deep.

“I’m very proud of our girls and their success as a team. I just wish there would be more consideration of teams that only lose one or two games in a season!”

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