Posted On: 01/17/18 5:00 PM

The first time I met Olivia Christianson it was in the aftermath of a heartbreaking loss about a year ago in Austin. In the final moments, the freshman had turned the ball over on a play that may have cost Lyle-Austin Pacelli the game – at least that's how she felt – and there were tears streaming down her cheeks. Christianson was probably looking for somewhere to hide but, instead, gathered her composure and took a few minutes to answer questions about the most uncomfortable thing possible – herself.

Saturday afternoon in Hayfield, Olivia and I spoke again following the Athletics' stunning 69-50 comeback win over Mayer Lutheran. It was a game she had taken over during a second half in which LAP outscored its opponent by more than 20. I have watched an awful lot of games this season – over 120 teams so far – and have seen a lot of impressive players, but this was the best all-around individual performance to date. Despite the fact that there was no shortage of nice prospects among the 16 teams playing on Saturday, Christianson outplayed them all. "She is the most talented kid, the most complete basketball player we have ever

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