Photo by Bill Roseberry
Allie Troeckler of the Civic Memorial Eagles drives baseline around a Roxana defender on Monday, Jan. 5, at CM.
Allie Troeckler’s passion for basketball rocketed when she studied how Katie Broadway approached the game.
Broadway, a 2008 Civic Memorial High graduate, is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,049 points and a three-time Alton Exchange Club Player of the Year. Broadway then went on to excel at Illinois State. She’s now a women’s basketball administrative assistant at UAB.
“I learned from Katie,” said the 5-foot-10 Troeckler, a sophomore sensation at CM. “I learned the effort it takes and the love for the game.”
The Eagles are clearly loving Troeckler’s progress. She’s arguably the best female player at CM since Broadway and doing her best to lead the Eagles. She was averaging 20.2 points per game through CM’s 12-4 start. Last season, she averaged a team-best 13.1 ppg for the 31-3 Eagles.
And Troeckler accomplished that feat even though she served as the team’s sixth player.
So she has tallied 768 points in 1.5 seasons and could be on course to surpass Broadway as the school’s top gun. Only time will tell.
“She’s a special player,” CM coach Jonathan Denney said. “She is talented, competitive and has that drive that some players don’t have. She’s a rare breed.”
It’s rare for a freshman to lead a talented team in scoring, but Troeckler did that in 2013-14 when the Eagles shared a conference championship. They also claimed regional and sectional titles before bowing in the Class 3A Decatur Super-Sectional. It was a wild, joyous ride and Troeckler embraced it.
Now, she wants to experience it again.
“I just want to win,” Troeckler said of her main goal. “I’m one of the (returning) players that got a lot of experience last season and I’m trying to carry that over and relive that experience again.”
That’s what Denney enjoys the most about Troeckler — her quest for success.
“She would rather win than light up the scoreboard,” he said. “Last year, she did whatever we asked of her and she is becoming a team leader this year.”
Troeckler packed her best performance into a home game against Taylorville earlier this season. She scored a school-record 44 points, eclipsing Broadway’s mark of 39 points.
“Katie set the standard, but Allie is going to be right up there with her,” Denney said. “They are 1 and 1A. They are different types of players, but Katie knows what Allie can do and she loves her to death. Katie said that if Allie develops an outside shot, she is going to shatter her records.”
Roxana coach Tammy Talbert saw enough of Troeckler in Monday’s nonconference game at Bethalto. Troeckler scored a game-high 18 points and helped limit Shells’ high-scoring Maddie Sheraka to seven points in a 62-28 victory.
“She is one of the most athletic players in the area,” Talbert said of Troeckler. “She is fundamentally sound, well-rounded and plays hard.”
Troeckler knows no other way to play. She will drive hard to hoop, stretch for rebounds, dive for loose basketballs and guard as if she is defending her own territory.
It’s as if she was born to play basketball.
“I’m always trying to improve and do what it takes to win,” she said.
That’s not lost on Denney or the Eagles.
“Allie is very focused and because of her leadership, the other players seem to gravitate toward her,” Denney said. “She makes us better and she has the ability to take over a game, with either her offense or defense.”
Denney added: “You aren’t going to out-compete her. She wants it more than any player I’ve ever coached. And as good of a player as she is, Allie is a great person.
“She’s the complete package.”
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