Basketball team wins conference and prepares for sectional game
me conference champions for the second year in a row.
The team played a total of 16 games, resulting in a winning score of 12-4. They were ahead of the following team by four games and the second runner up was five games behind.
This was their second consecutive win, which was a massive milestone for them, as they had not been this successful in over 40 years. Their last conference win before 2014 was in 1972.
“It shows how talented we are as a team to be able to overcome all those losing streaks and be able to pull out two wins in two years,” said Jada Stackhouse, junior.
To mark their achievement, three banners have been placed in the gym to commemorate the team’s progress since 1972.
“I think it really says something about how much the Shorewood program has improved because Shorewood basketball had not won conference since 1972,” said Annie Leo, junior. “Being able to win two consecutive conference championships while we’re here is really satisfying because we’re the first ones to do it after such a long time.”
Five years ago, the girls basketball program was considered the worst in the state. They never won a game for two seasons and lost 55 conference games in a row.
“The girls have been very lucky to be in this time period because they won a conference title in 1972, and then no one won one until last year, 2014,” said Jeff Eimers, varsity coach.
As a result of a team in which all of the players can contribute to every aspect of the game, the team was able to win 12 out of their 13 games this season.
“We don’t have to rely on just one person … Everybody can do everything, so it’s really good to be able to have teammates who can do that,” said Stackhouse.
Their only loss was to Pius, the number one team in the state. They will face Pius again in the state tournament.
The girls on the team said they value winning their games as a result of teamwork and sportsmanship.
“A lot of people like to score, but our team wants to win, and there’s a difference … The idea is to win, and it’s a team effort to get there,” Eimers said.
Brain Schulteis, JV coach, said that the team’s commitment has helped them overcome numerous challenges.
“People are not only on a team, but they’re friends and they enjoy one another’s company. That makes working hard together as a team much more fun,” Schulteis said.
“I definitely like our family atmosphere; we’re all really close … We have so many talented people, and we can also stink up a gym–we are one gassy team,” Leo said.
The team’s success has recently been featured by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in which their team picture was displayed. The team has also been featured on the TV channel, Preps Plus. The crew had come to one of their practices and filmed the girls practicing.
“Very few athletes get this much coverage, and the girls deserve everything that they have,” Eimers said.
The girls hope to win future conferences.
“Even though we are losing a bunch of seniors who have really been for the team, I’m really hoping that we can win conference again because we still have a solid base for a team,” Leo said.
The girls basketball team played Pius at sectionals on March 5 at Marquette University High School., after Ripples went to print.
by Akshaya Kannan and Madeline Wilson