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The Dougies: Hortonville's McGlone player of the year

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Hortonville's Macy McGlone{ } receives The Dougie as the FOX 11 girls basketball player of the year. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

HORTONVILLE (WLUK) -- Macy McGlone was always easy to pick out.

At 6-2 she towered over most players and then when you watched her compete her talent and hustle also stood out.

The Hortonville senior entered this basketball season as arguably the best player in Northeast Wisconsin and when the season ended nothing changed. McGlone averaged 17.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while leading the Polar Bears to a 25-1 record, including 25 straight wins.

Her impact came in every game and because of it she receives "The Dougie" as FOX 11's girls basketball player of the year.

"We all just worked real hard for each other and we all cared about each other a lot," McGlone said when talking about the season. "Obviously, we all loved each other. I don't know if there's one word I can use to describe it. Maybe together, together. Our whole team just felt in sync."

Hortonville opened the season with a 51-46 loss at defending Division 1 state champ Bay Port and then won 24 straight games by at least 18 points. The sectional final win against Onalaska was the closest win of the season, 72-68.

Hortonville dominated, which is saying something when the Division 2 team competes in the Fox Valley Association -- primarily a Division 1 conference -- one of the best conferences in the state.

"This season exceeded my expectations," McGlone said. "Everything we wanted to accomplish, we did. We won the FVA. Not only did we win it, we went 18-0. We only lost one game, which was at the beginning of the season to Bay Port and we made it to state and I think we would've done pretty well there, so I would say it definitely exceeded my expectations."

While McGlone's talent was obvious -- she finished her career with 1,300 points and will play at UW-Milwaukee -- she didn't do it just on talent. She outhustled everyone.

Of her 206 rebounds, 107 came on the offensive glass. It's rare to have more offensive rebounds than defensive, but her motor never stopped running.

"I really love the game of basketball," McGlone said. "I don't know, my whole life I just always loved it and doing things like getting rebounds was one of my favorite things. It's just been something I always do. I'm also super-competitive which helps and I would say I'm pretty determined so when I want something, I go for it."

Hortonville was the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 state tournament but never reached the court as the tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. During McGlone's four years her teams were 0-3 at the state tournament, but this year was the team's best chance to not only win a tournament game, but a state title.

"I just think that it's really cool that I got to (go to the state tournament)," she said. "I was a freshman when coach (Celeste) Ratka came here. So one of the first people here that kick-started our program to becoming something like a legacy. Hopefully (they win) some more games in the next years."

With its returning talent, Hortonville shouldn't stop winning, but without McGlone in the paint, it won't be as easy.

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MCGLONE BY THE NUMBERS

  • 7.9 Rebounds per game.
  • 17.3 Points per game.
  • 34 Points was a career high scored as a sophomore.
  • 84 Wins in four seasons.
  • 1,300 Career points.

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