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Area Female Athlete: Aitkin's Fellerman finalizes scoring goal

Unlike most prep players who are on the verge of reaching 1,000 career points, Maggi Fellerman concentrated on everything, but scoring. It's a philosophy preached to her by her father and her coach and it worked. Fellerman reached 1,000 career po...

Maggie Fellerman
Maggie Fellerman

 

Unlike most prep players who are on the verge of reaching 1,000 career points, Maggi Fellerman concentrated on everything, but scoring.

It's a philosophy preached to her by her father and her coach and it worked.

Fellerman reached 1,000 career points in the Aitkin Gobblers 67-55 Mid-State Conference victory over Detroit Lakes Feb. 20. She scored 25 points in the victory, including a post move that helped her reach the milestone just three minutes into the game.

"I couldn't believe it happened, really," Fellerman said. "It's been a goal since freshman year. I knew I always wanted to get it. It's just a relief that it finally happened.

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"It was added pressure, but I tried not to think about it. My dad and coach always tell me if I'm struggling scoring to try and do other things right and the scoring will follow. That's what I did and it worked out."

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Maggi Fellerman

  • Year: Senior
  • School: Aitkin
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Position: Forward
  • Highlights: Reached 1,000 career points with a 25-point performance against Detroit Lakes

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The senior forward needed nine points to reach 1,000 and Aitkin head coach Rob Williams could tell she was focused and prepared.

"The beauty of it is, and I can sit back and think about this, I don't know if she ever forced a shot this year even as she knew she was closing in on this goal," Williams said. "If anything, there were times where I wish she would have been more assertive and looking for her shot.

"She is a very team-oriented player and that's a wonderful skill set. So reaching 1,000 points with that mindset is amazing. She's second or third on the team with assists right now. That's a nice combination. She really found those 1,000 points within the system and within the proper shots of the team picture."

With her scoring goal in the bag, Fellerman focused on stopping the Pequot Lakes Patriots and their standout post player Olivia Lane. She notched that off her to-do list as well as Aitkin beat the Patriots 62-58 for another conference win Feb. 23. The win helped the Gobblers avenge a 68-40 loss to Pequot Feb. 8.

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"She was great," Williams said. "She was fantastic. The shot selection-she hit a couple of big 3s because at Pequot we went 1-for-18 from the 3-point line. Her and a few of the other girls came out and hit six or seven big 3s. She hit two big ones. She was 2-for-4 from the arc, which forced them to have to extend out, which then opened up the lane and allowed her to crash the glass.

"I thought that she did a wonderful job of making Olivia Lane earn everything. Olivia is a good ball player and she still ended up with 21 points, but she really had to work for those. Maggi did a fantastic job. She finished with 19 points, but she also had eight rebounds, two big blocks, three steals and four assists. It wasn't just scoring that contributed to the victory, it was all the little things she did defensively and offensively to get the win."

All those little things are what makes Fellerman so valuable to the Gobblers, who own a 19-8 record after Thursday night's 61-46 victory over Barnum in the Section 7-2A playoffs.

"She brings versatility above all," Williams said. "Being 6-foot she's able to get inside and post up and finish at the rim. She does a great job of getting offensive rebounds and put backs. She has our highest free throw percentage. I think she's shooting around 76 percent roughly. That's a go to in foul situations for us.

"She also handles the ball pretty well and can shoot the 3. She's been hitting some 3s for us lately. Defensively she has the length and athleticism to full-court trap and press so she does a little bit of everything for us."

Williams praised Fellerman's consistency and confidence in becoming a leader, but said the four-year varsity player's biggest improvement has been her mental toughness.

"I watched a couple of games in particular this year where it was a physical game and there was contact, but maybe fouls weren't being called and she was getting frustrated and she just knuckled down and you saw that little hint of, not anger, but enough is enough and she just took it to them. She got tougher and more aggressive instead of fading away from that contact like she may have in the past."

Fellerman said she tried to mimac her game after long-time friend Taylor Ehnstrom and Aitkin's all-time leading scorer Emily Mehr. Both players reached 1,000 career points and Fellerman said she spent many mornings in open gym working on her game to follow those players.

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"She is a fantastic kid, not just a great basketball player," Williams said. "The team loves playing with her and that's how she was voted as a captain because her teammates really look up to her and enjoy being around her. She is a fun, light-hearted person in practice and a great competitor on the court."

 

Other notable performances:

Sport: Ramsey Moe, Aitkin, finished with 20 points against Detroit Lakes.

Sophia Sowada, Little Falls, scored 28 points against Mora.

Olivia Lane, Pequot Lakes, finished with 36 points and 13 rebounds against Lake Park-Audubon and scored 21 points against Aitkin.

Abby Grider, Lake Region, finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists against Woodcrest and 18 points against Owatonna.

Claire Wolhowe, Staples-Motley, finished with 25 points and eight rebounds against Osakis.

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