Rohde, Fotsch, Miller, Pichler earn All-Suburban mention
Brookfield Central's upperclassmen, East's newcomers lead way
The Brookfield Central and Brookfield East girls basketballs teams didn't place a player on this year's NOW Newspapers All-Suburban squad, but there were three high honorable mentions and one honorable mention honor.
The Lancers' junior guard Lydia Rohde and senior forward Sarah Fotsch and the Spartans' freshman Mariah Miller earned high honorable mention honors, missing out on the 12-person first team. East's freshman guard Angela Pichler earned honorable mention.
Here's a closer look at the successful seasons these players had:
A first-team All-Greater Metro Conference selection for the second straight year, Rohde was a good all-around player as her stats reflect that. She averaged a team-leading 11.6 points per game and a team-leading 3.5 assists per game. She also led the team with 1.5 steals and shot 83 percent from the free throw line, a school record. She also found time to grab 3.6 rebounds per game.
Some of Rohde's big highlights included:
While battling the flu, she recorded a triple-double (12 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) in a WIAA regional final loss to Milwaukee Riverside.
She had a season-high 26 points in a WIAA regional semifinal victory over Brookfield East.
Rohde made a season-high 15 of 16 free throws in a GMC victory over Menomonee Falls.
She also led the team in scoring in 12 of its 24 games, while always being the opponents' No. 1 priority, seeing box-and-1's and triangle-and-2's several times.
Rohde holds Division 1 scholarship offers from UW-Green Bay, Northern Illinois University, UW-Milwaukee, American University and Princeton University.
Although only 5-feet-9, the powerful senior captain was the Lancers enforcer under the basket. She was a second-team All-Greater Metro Conference choice and was Central's top rebounder, averaging 8.9 rebounds a game.
She scored 10.5 points per game and shot an outstanding 55 percent from the field, doing most of her work around the basket. She pulled down 94 more rebounds than her next closest teammate and 107 more than the third-highest rebounder. A good defender, she also averaged 1.5 steals per game.
Her two best games were against state champion Milwaukee Riverside (24 points, 10 rebounds) and state runner-up Mukwonago (20 points, 12 rebounds). Against Riverside, she held Breanna Lewis, the Tigers' 6-5 star center, to seven rebounds, half her average.
Miller was one of two freshmen who keyed a comeback season for the Spartans under first-year coach Mike Goodman. The 5-foot-11 forward made second-team All-Greater Metro Conference as a first-year player. She averaged an amazing double-double (12.0 points, 11.6 rebounds), an impressive stat that not many players can do.
She shot 44 percent from the field, 63 percent from the free throw line and had 30 assists, 34 blocks and 45 steals. She led the team in scoring in 10 of its 23 games, had 12 double-doubles, scored a game-high 17 points three times and had a game-high 18 rebounds twice.
East's future looks bright with the talented Miller roaming the lane.
The Spartans' 5-foot-4 point guard ran the show for the improved Spartans. She averaged 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and totaled 84 assists and 52 steals. She was a high honorable mention all-conference pick, leading the team in scoring eight times, with a game-high 22 points. She also had game-highs of eight assists (twice) and eight rebounds (three) times.
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