By Murray Gleffe, Correspondent
ASHWAUBENON-The Jaguars girls basketball team finished the season 14-11; making it to the Regional Final where they were just seconds away from a Sectional berth.
On the year, the team picked up key wins versus the likes of Wrightstown, Pulaski (2), Algoma, Green Bay Southwest, and Notre Dame (2).
The biggest win, however, came against the De Pere Redbirds on Feb. 6.
It was the first time under the helm of Coach Nicky VanLaanen that the Jaguars had taken down their rival counterparts.
On many nights, the Jaguars produced a different leading scorer.
It was showcased by their point per game averages and unselfish play.
Autumn Schlader finished the season with an 11.4 point per game average and was the go-to-player in crunch time.
Her Regional semi-final output propelled the Jaguars too victory.
In addition, she shot 79% from the free throw line for the entire season.
As a four-year varsity player, Schlader was honored for her play in her final season with first team all-conference honors.
Megan Servais not only averaged over 10 points per game but was ‘Dennis Rodman’ like in her ability to grab rebounds from all around the basket.
She had multiple double-doubles on the season finishing the year with 268 points and 224 rebounds.
She was awarded second team honors by the FRCC committee.
Hayden Kupsh ended the season leading the team in scoring with an 11.6 PPG average.
She shot out of the gates with two 30 plus point outings against Seymour and West De Pere.
Kupsh ended the season connecting on 50% of her two-point field goal attempts.
She was named Honorable Mention all-conference.
Another key contributor for the Jaguars team was Senior Peyton Wright.
She ended the season with 63 assists and 49 steals in playing the point guard position.
Maddie Koch had been averaging 7.8 points per game through 15 games before a season ending injury ended her junior year.
Lydia Schaible replaced Koch at the center position and scored 54 points over the course of the last six games.
Koch, Schaible, Kally VanLaanen, and a number of talented junior varsity players will be counted on to lead the team for the 2018-19 season.
2017/18 Girls Basketball All-Conference honors:
Player of the Year:
Jaddan Simmons-GB Southwest
Defensive Player of the Year:
Jaddan Simmons-GB Southwest
Coach of the Year:
Kati Coleman-Bay Port
Jaddan Simmons-GB Southwest-10
Kaycee Gierczak-Notre Dame-12
Kyle Gierach-Sheboygan North-12
Lizzie Opichka-Notre Dame-12
Emma Nagel-Bay Port-10
Kendall Renard-GB Preble-10
Rachel Kerkhoff-De Pere-11
McKenzie Johnson-Bay Port-10
Annie Schneider-De Pere-12
Alaina Abel-Bay Port
Mady Draak-Bay Port
Rachel Miller-De Pere
Carley Duffney-GB Preble
Amber Bouche-GB Southwest
Maddie Reitz-Notre Dame
Mariah Platz-Sheboygan North
Meredith Opie-Sheboygan North