Madison Ristovski, a senior point guard for Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, was today named Michigan's Miss Basketball for 2012, per Mick McCabe of the Free Press (sponsor of the award). Ristovski has signed a letter of intent for play basketball at Michigan starting this fall. Another member of Michigan's 2012 class, Kelsey Mitchell of Inkster, finished third in the balloting.
Madison Ristovski was in the seventh grade when she met a sports writer and made a prediction.
“I’m going to be Miss Basketball someday,’’ she said.
The writer was impressed at the precociousness of the youngster.
“That’s nice,’’ he said. “What state are you moving to? Montana?’’
“Nope,’’ she said shaking her head. “I’m staying here in Michigan.’’
Five years have passed since then and Ristovski was right: She is Miss Basketball.
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“To be Miss Basketball means a lot to me,’’ she said. “But I don’t want the title to define me as a player. I worked so hard because I just wanted to be the best player I can be, whatever that came out as.’’
Ristovski is the fourth future Michigan to win the Miss Basketball award, following Tabitha Pool (2000), Krista Clement (2003), and Jenny Ryan (2009).
Ristovski and Liggett have reached the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament in Class C. Liggett will play Riverview Gabriel Richard in the quarterfinals, which take place tomorrow.
Two other future Michigan women's basketball players have also reached the state tournament quarterfinals. In Class A, the aforementioned Kelsey Mitchell and Inkster will play Detroit King, while in Class B, Taylor Gleason (member of the 2013 class) and her undefeated Goodrich team faces Detroit Country Day.