By Jared Nelson
New Prague's standout sophomore talks hoops with NGH When she's not on the
court, New Prague guard Maizie Deihl loves singing and dancing in her
musicals at her school and show choir, titled, "Emotion." When she is on the
court, Deihl is something similar, as NGH's 4th-ranked prospect in the class
of 2017 is smooth with the ball as she dances through the lane and
unflappable emotionally. Offensively, Deihl considers herself a well-rounded
shooting guard, capable of knocking down the outside shot with consistency
as well as a threat to drive and score at any time. On the defensive end,
she's working to improve her lateral quickness and aggressiveness when
guarding the ball.
Last season for the Trojans, Deihl led her team to a 24-5 record before a
first-round state tournament exit at the hands of Kasson-Mantorville.
"We were disappointed with the outcome, but proud of how far we had come,"
Deihl said. "We won and lost as a team." She added that with the return of
her and Taylor Hustad next season, New Prague is poised another run to the
state tournament, this time with Deihl assuming more of a leadership. The
team is also making the jump from 3A to 4A next winter.
"As a new captain, I look forward to filling one of those leadership spots
on our team," Deihl said. "I am confident in the ability of all of the
players in our program, so I expect us to compete hard and be a force to be
reckoned with as we move up to 4A. It will be a fun summer as we regroup,
learn to play together, and prepare for next year."
This summer, Deihl's talents are put to good use on Minnesota Stars
Borowicz, a team that she says is full of "high basketball IQs." According
to Deihl, the squad is well-rounded with all the pieces to be successful,
and she expects to surprise some people because of how tough they play.
One of Deihl's ultimate goals is to play college basketball at the Division
I level, but she's also a standout in the classroom and won't choose a
school unless the fit is right off the court as well.
"I want to attend a school where I feel comfortable and can be successful
both on and off the court. I am very driven academically, so a good academic
program is also very important to me," Deihl said.
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