King, Schmelzer meet for first time on the college court
The last time Jordan King and McKaela Schmelzer played against each other, Schmelzer was a senior at Harlem, while King was just a freshman at Hononegah.
The two met once again on the court Sunday as Marquette beat UW-Milwaukee, 78-56.
King left her mark at Hononegah as the NIC-10 all-time leading scorer. Now, the former Indian looks to put up points at Marquette. King scored a college career-high 18 points in the victory against the Panthers.
Schmelzer was held scoreless in 15 minutes of action. However, the redshirt junior was given the task of guarding King most of the afternoon.
Friends, family and fans from the Stateline made the trip to Milwaukee to watch the two play. Harlem head coach Beth Meyer brought the entire girls basketball program to the game. Even a Rockford Christian contingent was spotted in the stands.
Schmelzer said it's nice to leave a lasting impression back in Machesney Park.
"It's really cool just to see the mark that I've left on that program," said Schmelzer. "Just that they've come back, to see this game, especially for this game, that was cool for them to see. I hope I'm a role model to them in just hopes that they can get here too."
Meyer said she has come to UWM games ever since Schmelzer committed to the school.
"We bring the whole program, 100 kids here, just to see what it takes and how cool it is that people you know," said Meyer. "People who went to your school, Harlem Huskies, can come and play at the next level. Then to see Jordan King out there and McKaela and Jordan going at it again, that's priceless."