In the Lady Jays regional semi-final match up against Rhinelander, Maddix Bonnell made Merrill basketball history becoming only the third girl to pass the 1,000 point mark. Bonnell went into the game needing 15 points and was able to score 16 to get her past the milestone. Bonnell would then score 11 more in the girls regional final game against Hortonville where she would end her high school basketball career with 1,012 points. Bonnell is now third in all time scoring for Merrill girls basketball behind Renee Sladek with 1,105 and Melissa Yuska with 1,126, both of which lost nearly a season worth of games due to injury.
Maddix has been a part of the girls varsity team for all four of her years in high school and started for three of them. Coach Joelene Weix said this about Bonnell, “Maddix just has been a steady off guard for us the last four years. She can create offense in a number of ways for herself. Maddix is a very intelligent player. She always seems to be a step ahead of the defense. She moves well without the ball and with the ball she has a variety if skills to score. She is a consistent mid range shooter that can also get to the basket off the dribble. Maddix is a very good shooter from any spot on the floor. She did not take many threes even though she can shoot them.”
Despite her scoring success Maddix is much more than just a scorer as coach Weix explains saying, “I would also like to say that she is very unselfish. She would pick and choose her spots when to take over the game with her scoring, otherwise she would always look to get her teammates involved first.”