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Girls basketball: Player of the Year Julie Galauner caps record-breaking career

GENOA – When it comes to the record books for the Genoa-Kingston girls basketball team, Julie Galauner has made sure her name appears again and again and again.

Galauner closed out her career with the Cogs averaging 18.3 points a game as a senior, and finished as the career leader in points, assists and 3-pointers made. She also is the Daily Chronicle Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

“It makes me feel like I’ve left a little legacy,” Galauner said of her school records, which also includes the single-season marks for points, assists and 3-pointers. “It feels good to know all the work in the summers and everything has just paid off.”

In all, she leaves the program as the record holder in 11 categories, including some free-throw records and most of the scoring, assists and 3-point shooting marks.

She also was the top scorer and distributor on this year’s G-K team, which won 20 games for the first time since the 1980s and only the fourth time in program history, coach Kyle Henkel said.

“She had another year of just improving on everything,” Henkel said. “It’s not easy for her to put up those kinds of numbers. As far as offensive skills, we didn’t have a team that was loaded with offensive talent. We had a lot of kids that excelled in their role, but not offensively.”

Henkel said Galauner’s performances were directly related to how she prepared in practice.

“She did all those things nobody sees during the games,” Henkel said. “She came in her freshman year, the summer before it and every summer since, putting in time in the gym. All the accolades she’s earned, it’s because she’s put the time in, in the gym. People get to see the game nights or read about the numbers she put up, and the wins that went with it, but she showed up and put in quality time and showed the impact that has for not only an individual, but a team.”

Galauner played varsity for four years, even earning some starts in her first season on a team that had its struggles.

“From me being a freshman on varsity, we had like eight wins,” Galauner said. “Now we have 20. It just shows the progression we had.”

The Cogs finished 20-10, reaching the championship of the Class 3A Sterling Regional.

Galauner called it an amazing season.

“It shows how far we’ve come and the work we’ve put in, and how much we can get out of all the work and the practices in the summer and everything,” she said. “One of our goals was to get to the regional championship, and we did. We wanted to win that, obviously, but it didn’t work out.”

Henkel said Galauner – who will play at Aurora University next winter – was the perfect balance of hard work and natural talent.

“She did things in some games that you just don’t practice,” Henkel said. “I think that’s just a lot of game time, logging long hours in the gym. I think the game comes easier to some kids, and I think she’s one of those kids. It wasn’t just her skill level alone or being natural at it. She put the time in, and it shows on the record boards.”

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