By her own admission, Whitnall basketball standout Sierra Grubor does not shy away from contact in the lane.

"I love contact, and my focus is always to get the foul, get to the (free-throw) line a lot and make the free throws," Grubor said.

She certainly does both extremely well, as shown by her statistics for the 2016-17 season.

Grubor hit 121 of 159 from the line, shooting 76 percent. The 121 made free throws placed her ninth in the state and the 76 percent rates eighth in the state for all divisions.

Extensive repertoire

Actually, the driving to the basket and the subsequent trips to the line are just part of Grubor's entire offensive repertoire.

"Sierra is a versatile player who has a good mid-range game, can step out to the 3-point line and can take it off the dribble, as evidenced by her free throws," Whitnall head coach Keith Larson said.

All of those weapons helped her score 18.7 points per game, hitting double digits in 20 games and going over 20 on 11 occasions and over 30 in three games.

Grubor finished her career with 1,185 points, becoming the first Whitnall girl to reach the 1,000 mark, and her 431 points this season made her the first player in school history to score over 400 in one campaign.

She also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals per contest, again showing that versatility.

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For her efforts, Grubor is on the 2016-17 Now Newspapers All-Suburban team, her third straight appearance on the elite squad. She was also named the Woodland Conference East Division Player of the Year.

In addition, she was selected for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches' Association's All-Star Game series in June at Wisconsin Dells.

"Coming into this season," she said, "I wanted to become more of an all-around player, and I think I showed that. I thought all-around, I played well, and I stepped up on my leadership the last two years."

Larson would agree.

"She has been an important member of our basketball program, a good role model and a pleasure to coach," he said. "Sierra has been one of the most coachable players I've coached in 18 years at Whitnall. Her work ethic defines her as a basketball player."

Grubor said, "I thought I ended my high school career well, and now I am looking forward to college."

Stout next

She plans to attend and play for the University of Wisconsin-Stout next season.

"I thought the (Stout) coaching staff was supportive," said Grubor, who plans to major in business. "It was the right fit for me. I also think I can make a difference with the program, which needs some scoring punch."

Grubor has proven that she can put points on the board, as well as help the team in many other ways.