Wood Memorial finished 28-1 under head coach Johnnie Bartley and the Trojans won a state title for the first time in school history in any sport. They appeared in the finals for the second time in girls basketball after finishing runner-up to Oregon-Davis in 2007.
Brenna Maikranz led the Trojans with 26 points, including 10-of-14 shooting from the free throw line. Carsen Robinson scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and Sydney Day added 10 points. Lexi Lashbrook had seven points and 12 rebounds and while Chloe Barley finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Wood Memorial’s Brenna Maikranz named Mental Attitude Award winner
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Brenna Maikranz of Wood Memorial High School as the winner of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award in Class A Girls Basketball.
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Academically, Maikranz ranks 16th in her senior class and has been a starter for every basketball game all four years. She has also played soccer for four years and will play her fourth year of softball this spring. She also has served as Yearbook Editor, was involved in the Prom Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Council.
“She is respected, revered by students, parents, instructors, teammates, coaches, opponents, coaches, administrators, ministers and school-community members in all ways,” said Principal Kevin R. Smith. “Brenna is someone that everyone should have the opportunity to get to know, she will leave a lasting impression.”
She is the daughter of Brian and the late Lisa Maikranz of Oakland City and plans to enroll in a Pre-Veterinary program of study with the goal of enrolling in Purdue University’s Veterinary Sciences program. Brenna also becomes the first Wood Memorial student-athlete to receive an IHSAA mental attitude award.