Five girls basketball players named all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior forward Sitori Tanin was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls basketball team had a dream season — even if it ended prematurely.

And the Cardinals were recently rewarded for their efforts.

Senior forward Sitori Tanin was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference. Senior guard Josie Lemirande, senior forward Karina Bursac and sophomore wing McKenna Monogue were all named second-team all-conference, while senior guard Evie Coleman earned honorable-mention all-conference honors.

Tanin, a three-year starter and a University of Loyola recruit, had her best season yet. Tanin led the Cardinals in scoring (14.6), rebounding (10.8) and assists (3.2). Tanin was also second in steals (1.7), shot 45.2% from the floor and 68.0% from the free throw line.

“She worked really hard at getting better offensively,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said of Tanin. “There’s still things she can improve on, but she made huge strides. Then she was like a vacuum cleaner on the boards and averaged a double-double for the second straight year. She just had a great season.”

Bursac, a four-year varsity player, was second on the Cardinals in scoring (10.2) and rebounding (5.8). Bursac led Middleton in steals (1.8) and also shot 51.3% from the floor.

“She just did a little bit of everything for us,” Kind said of Bursac. “I finally watched the Madison Memorial game (in the sectional finals) and she and Kendall (Roquet) were the difference. Without the first half Karina played we couldn’t have come back.”

Lemirande moved to point guard this season from her more natural shooting guard position and handled it extremely well. Lemirande was second on the team in assists (2.6) and averaged 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. Lemirande also shot 36% from three-point range and 41.1% from the field.

“Point guard’s not her best position, but she had to do it for us,” Kind said. “And she did a really nice job. I told her at the beginning of the year that she was going to be somebody the team depended on and she did a great job with that.”

Monogue, who transferred from Mukwonago to Middleton this season, had a terrific first year with the Cardinals.

Monogue was fourth on the team in scoring (7.7), fourth in rebounding (3.7) and third in assists (2.5). Monogue was also second on the team in three-point field goals (34), shot 40.0% from beyond the arc and shot 48.4% from the field.

“I knew from watching tape that she got some playing time (at Mukwonago),” Kind said. “But she did some things better than I was expecting. She has range beyond the three-point line and she can post up pretty well, too. She’ll work hard and continue to get better.”

Coleman led the Cardinals in three-point field goals (36) and was third on the team in scoring (9.1). Coleman was third on the team in steals (1.6), shot 68.8% from the free throw line and 31.0% from three-point range.

“She was a little bit streaky with her shooting,” Kind said. “She had some really good games, though, and she improved defensively as the year went on.

“She was a big part of what we were doing … and she was one person who wanted to be on the free throw line at the end.”

Kind did express disappointment that senior forward Kendall Roquet didn’t receive any all-conference recognition. Roquet was third on the team in rebounding (4.3), averaged 6.3 points per game and was Middleton’s best on-the-ball defender.

“I was really disappointed in that one,” Kind said.

Middleton finished the year 25-1 overall, won a share of the Big Eight Conference tournament at 17-1 and ended the year on a 20-game winning streak.

The Cardinals reached the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and were the No. 1 seed. But the tournament was canceled before Middleton — and any of the Division 1 teams — could play a game due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

 

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