UM commit Gondrezick scores 72 of team's 80 points
Benton Harbor senior guard, and University of Michigan commit Kysre Gondrezick made a case to be named Miss Basketball in her team’s 80-78 double-overtime victory over Buchanan in a Class B district quarterfinal game Monday.
Gondrezick, who was named a finalist for the award last week, scored 72 points — including the game-winning basket with six seconds left in the second overtime.
"I know it was a great individual performance and everything, but the most important thing was getting the win,” she said. “I think it hit me that this could be it, my last game and I wasn't going to let it happen.”
Gondrezick's 72 points is a state record. The previous record was held by Detroit Mumford's Debra Walker, who scored 63 against Detroit Central in 1979.
Gondrezick made 27-of-54 field goals, including 10-of-27 on 3-pointers, and 8-of-12 free throws.
We had a couple of our seniors foul out in the first overtime and another in the second,” Gondrezick said. “They had their heads down, some crying, and I just had to take matters in my own hands.
"I am so lucky to have great teammates, selfless teammates who set screens to get me open, make stops defensively. I was most proud of seeing them smile on the bus ride home."
Gondrezick scored 15 points in the first quarter, eight in the second, 13 in the third, 13 in the fourth, and 23 in the overtimes.
The Miss Basketball award will be given on March 14.