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Female Area Athlete of the Week: Sadlovsky fills shooting role for Pioneers

Pierz sophomore area athlete of the week.

Alyssa Sadlovsky.
Alyssa Sadlovsky.

Alyssa Sadlovsky is stepping up for Pierz girls basketball.

After an injury to Lyndsey Strohmeier, Sadlovsky, a sophomore, filled her role and has produced.

Sadlovsky scored 16 points last week against Mora and followed it by notching 16 points against Osakis Tuesda, Feb. 15. Both were team highs.

“When Lyndsey Strohmeier went down right after the new year, we looked to Alyssa to be our shooter and scorer a little more,” Pierz head coach Matt Poepping said. “She’s taken the bull by the horns and is running all the sets we used to run Lyndsey off of early in the season.”

Sadlovsky said the injury to Strohmeier forced her to have more confidence shooting the basketball.

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“I think I’ve improved the most on my mental game,” she said. “Just forgetting the mistakes and moving on to the next play.

“I’m getting more used to it this far into the season. At first, it was a little bit nerve-wracking but we needed others to step up because we only have two seniors.”

Senior point guard Kiara Olesch and Sadlovsky have formed a formidable tandum.

“We know each other pretty well off the court, so we have a good relationship,” Sadlovsky said. “On the court, Kiara is really good at taking it to the rack, so when she takes it in and I’m out for a shot she knows she can kick it or take it all the way.”

Sadlovsky is a shooter and defenses close out on her hard which opens up the Pioneers’ offense.

“She can also get to the rim if that happens,” Poepping said. “She played a little bit of JV and varsity last year, but this year she is getting heavy varsity minutes. From Christmas on, she's been one of our best players scoring wise.

“She’s pretty multi-dimensional with the ball in her hands and it helps to have the girls that we have because they can create shots for her around the perimeter.”

Poepping said Sadlovsky is a hard worker and shows up to the weight room at 6:30 a.m. a few times a week and is in the gym shooting.

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“Those are kids you love to coach because you don’t have to worry about them getting in the gym, and getting better,” Poepping said. “We have a lot of kids that are really fun to coach right now and she’s one of them.”

Shooting is what Sadlovsky said is her biggest strength offensively.

“Confidence is definitely big,” she said. “Just believing whatever shot you put up is going to go in. Just reps and getting in in the morning or after school just getting in shots.”

The Pioneers sit close to atop the Section 7-2A standings looking up at Pequot Lakes, which has lost only one game.

“We are a pretty balanced team and don’t go too deep into the bench,” Poepping said. “We had two injuries, so we only go six or seven deep, but the five we start we play big minutes. Everything for us starts at the defensive end which leads to transition baskets and easy buckets.”

Sadlovsky also competes on the Pioneers’ volleyball and softball teams.

“I’m just excited to keep doing well and bringing the energy that we need to do well,” Sadlovsky said.

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Other notable performances:
Basketball: Tori Oehrlein, Crosby-Ironton, scored 38 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against Hibbing and scored 43 points, including her 1,000th point against Aitkin.
Ramsey Tulenchik, Pine River-Backus, scored 32 points against Blackduck and 41 points against Kelliher/Northome.
Maci Martini, Pequot Lakes, scored 20 points against Esko.
Addison Lorber, Staples-Motley, scored 23 points against Park Rapids.

Alyssa Sadlovsky

Year: Sophomore
School: Pierz
Sport: Basketball
Highlights: She scored 16 points against Mora and 16 against Osakis

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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