Lima Central Catholic’s Madison Stolly is always ready for a game of hoops.
Even though she completed her season about two weeks ago and is preparing for track and field, Stolly admits she is itching to get some court time in and is hoping to hit some open gyms in the upcoming days.
“I love the game,” Stolly said. “I love playing any time that I can and that is always how I have been. That is definitely always helped me.”
It is the kind of love and dedication that made her one of the best basketball players in the area and the Lima News’ Dream Team Girls Player of the Year.
Stolly, who averaged better than 22 points a contest this year was named first-team All-Northwest District Ohio and third team, All-Ohio.
The standout senior also became LCC’s all-time point scorers, for both boys and girls, this past year after she surpassed Joe Fisher’s mark of 1,756 points. Last year, she eclipsed the girls all-time leading point standard of 1,207.
“Madison is great because she works extremely hard and truly loves the game of basketball,” said Katie Krieg, who coached Stolly but recently stepped down as the LCC head coach. “ She is a self-starter and pushes herself to the limits. Many times high school girls have to be told to go practice or get reps in, but not Madison. She has taken her basketball career seriously and has worked for her success from a very young age.”
Stolly said she has always been attracted to basketball and began playing at a young age. Through her hard work and dedication, Stolly excelled at LCC.
Although she has accumulated a lot of individual accolades, Stolly is the consummate team player and came in this year hoping to take her team to new heights. However, the Thunderbirds got off to a slow start but the team has a strong second half of the season before losing in the sectional finals to New Bremen.
“We definitely fell short on our tournament run,” Stolly said. “It is never fun to lose but I had fun with my team and enjoyed every second of it and that was the ultimate goal I had and I achieved that.”
While winning and having fun with her teammates, Stolly admits that breaking the LCC all-time scoring record was also in the back of her head.
“It definitely wasn’t something I like put all the pressure on but it was definitely a goal of mine,” Stolly said.
Because she was such a sensation on the court, Stolly was often was often double and tripled team, however she turned that into a positive by honing her passing skills and finding open teammates.
“It gave me the opportunity to help in other aspects of the game,” Stolly added. “I just like going out there and giving my all.”
The modest Thunderbird classifies her style of play as faced-paced and she loves running the floor.
Stolly, who is committed to play at the University of Findlay, is confident she can contribute to the Oilers’ program. She primarily chose Findlay for its physical therapy program and added that she enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus and her soon to be coaches and fellow players.
“Coaching Madison has been fun. I love coaching kids that enjoy being there and she really does. She is almost always the last one out of the gym after practice, getting extra shots in or working on ball handling,” Krieg said. “I know she will be successful at The University of Findlay because she has the work ethic to keep getting better. She is extremely intelligent in the classroom and is very diligent in her studies. It’s great to see kids excelling the classroom as well as on the court. Madison is one of the best basketball players we have had in the LCC program and I feel privileged to have coached her.”
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