Celebrating with teammates and coaches after the Wisconsin GLO captured the GWBA Championship Sunday is Brandon native Taylor Wurtz, front row, middle.
Celebrating with teammates and coaches after the Wisconsin GLO captured the GWBA Championship Sunday is Brandon native Taylor Wurtz, front row, middle.

   Taylor Wurtz already had lost in the championships of two leagues this year while playing basketball overseas in France.

   Ripon High School’s all-time leading scorer and Brandon native wasn’t about to let it be three Sunday afternoon.

   Wurtz shined when it mattered most to help the Wisconsin GLO capture the Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) Championship in Oshkosh.

   She made a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left to extend the GLO’s lead over the three-time defending GWBA champion Flint Monarchs to 79-75. The former Ripon Tiger then came up with the game-sealing steal in the final seconds to preserve an 80-78 win.

   “It was a great feeling,” Wurtz said of winning the championship. “I love being a part of this organization and I love my teammates and I definitely didn’t want to end the season on a loss. I just got free with a step back on the 3-[pointer] and then at the end I just was able to get my hands on the ball and make a play … We had an undefeated season and I wanted to end that way.”

   That wasn’t the only impact Wurtz had as she finished with a game-high 19 points, which included five points during a 7-2 GLO run to end the third quarter.

   The strong finish to the quarter gave her team an advantage at 63-58 that it didn’t relinquish.

   The close game was an anomaly for the GLO this season as its destroyed its opponents up until that point, with its average margin of victory being 40.8 points.

   That included a 106-48 blowout win over the Music City Icons last week Saturday in the semifinals of the GWBA Playoffs.

Read the full story, which includes information on what it meant to place close to homes, as well as the friendships she formed, in the Aug. 15, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.