After a conference championship winning 2014 season, the girls basketball team has continued their success and accomplished many of their season goals.
Ashley Eimers, senior, said part of their success is due to the team dynamic.
“The past few years, we’ve been a young team but this year the varsity team is all upperclassmen. This helps us because we’ve all played together for a few years now, so we have experience playing together,” Eimers said.
For Eimers, along with the other seniors on the team, it will be their last season to play as a Greyhound and play with each other, but that will not stop them from achieving success.
“I’ve learned so much from our seniors. They’ve taught me how to stay focused and level-headed in games,” said Olivia Holbrook, junior.
After winning conference last year as well as defeating several top-ranked teams, the girls hope to achieve a similar level of success this season.
“Our goals this year include winning conference again, winning against a ranked team and continuing to build the program,” Eimers said.
Along with the varsity team, the girls JV team is looking to win games as well as transition to a higher level of playing.
“We’re trying to get prepared as a team to get ready to play in the varsity level. We focus on the fundamentals and the understanding of the game,” said Brian Schulteis, teacher and JV head coach.
On the court, these two teams play fiercely and competitively, but off the court, they bond well together, making this a special program to be apart of.
“Playing for Shorewood is like having another family. It’s a lot of fun being a part of the team, but it’s hard work,” said Catherine Puppe, sophomore.
A combination of the JV and varsity teams’ hard teamwork and mutual inspiration and support are just some of the factors in their success.
“The JV team this year has been an incredible group of players both on and off the court. Not only are they a talented team, but they are also super supportive of the varsity team,” Eimers said.
Although they have faced a few challenges throughout the season, the girls Greyhounds have learned from their mistakes and continue to work hard.
“Some tough competitors [we played] were New Berlin Eisenhower and Pewaukee. I think that as a whole, we didn’t play as well as we could have, and when we play teams as good as them, we have to play at our absolute best,” said Jada Stackhouse, junior.
The team is currently 12-6 and after clinching its second straight Woodland East conference title on Tuesday, February 10, is looking to bring home a post-season regional win.
“Shorewood basketball is incredibly special because of the people who play and the people who support us,” Eimers said.
by Nilesh Abraham