West girls struggled with shooting touch
But still finished with winning record overall and in conference
New Berlin - The New Berlin West girls basketball team started fast with a 9-3 record, but the Vikings ran into some shooting problems and struggled down the stretch.
As a result, the Vikings finished 13-10 overall with an impressive 11-6 Woodland Conference West Division record. Problem was New Berlin Eisenhower and Pius XI tied for first (16-1) and Pewaukee (13-4) was third, so West finished fourth out of six teams.
"This season really was a tale of two halves," coach Corey Scheel said. "The first half of the season compared to the second half - as well as the first half of a game as compared to the second half.
"We started off the season strong, establishing ourselves with a solid record. We brought back some strong senior leadership and experience and it was the expectation that they help bring along an inexperienced, but talented young group of underclassmen.
"Injuries to some key pieces of our team throughout the season hurt us - losing Anne Kaczynski for the year, Lizzie Kuhl for three big games and Beth playing through pain most of the year. The team persevered through it, but the inexperience showed."
There was no lack of effort, but the Vikings' shooting problems caught up with them.
"The second half of our season brought with it very tough competition and we competed extremely hard, but we found it very difficult to score, especially in the second half (third quarter mainly) of games and that hurt us," Scheel said. "Inconsistency on the offensive end hurt us and we just couldn't get it all together at times."
The Vikings will lose six quality seniors.
Anne Kaczynski, a four-year letter winner, was lost early in season to a third ACL injury.
"We really missed her outside shooting, scoring ability and overall leadership," Scheel said.
Beth Ver Haagh, a three-year letter winner, was the Vikings' top player and will play next year at UW-La Crosse.
Rounding out the seniors are Lizzie Kuhl, a three-year letter winner; Rachel Gasper, Ana Liska and Alison Kuhne.
"Overall, I feel we played up to our abilities this year and at times we really exceeded expectations and showed a great passion and ability to compete," Scheel said. "I feel our inconsistent play hurt us, but that is something that can be fixed with hard work in the off-season and a commitment to getting better.
"The six seniors will truly be missed and the leadership they brought is something that will be hard to match, but I felt our underclassmen improved throughout the season and showed promise for the future."
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