The Brookfield East girls basketball team had a roller-coaster season, but the Spartans finished it out with more highs than lows.
East finished with a 9-14 overall record — two wins more than last season — but they had a winning Greater Metro Conference record (8-6, fourth place).
"We had a winning conference record for the first time since 2007-2008," coach Mike Goodman said. "We beat Brookfield Central for the first time since 2008. We beat Sussex Hamilton for the first time since 2009. We beat Menomonee Falls for the first time since 2010."
One of the reasons for the Spartans' success was a tough non-conference schedule.
"I scheduled a brutal non-conference schedule, which challenged us," Goodman said. "Out of the eight non-conference teams we played, five of them made it to at least Regional Finals, and that is not including Brookfield Central and DSHA (another four games).
"Mukwonago is going to state, Arrowhead was a game away, Brookfield Central was a game away, Sheboygan North only lost once all year in Sectional Semis, Oshkosh West made it to Sectional Semis and Germantown made it to Sectional Semis."
East will only lose three seniors Adriana Gibbs, Sam Van Rens and Therese Gaines.
"We are a very young team with a majority of our production coming from the underclassmen," Goodman said. "Most (91 percent) of our scoring will be returning next year with four all-conference players; two of which are on pace for 1,000 career points."
The two players Goodman was talking about walked away with most of the statistical awards at the banquet on March 16.
Sophomore forward Mariah Miller won two stat awards, most points and most rebounds, while sophomore guard Angel Pichler won the most assists, most steals, best free throw percentage and shared the most 3-pointers award with Kellie Goodman.
Captains were Goodman and Van Rens, the latter also being the Character Award winner. Sophomore Cami Cross won the Six Man Award and Pichler earned MVP honors.
The Spartans also had four all-conference players, as Miller was named to the first team, Pichler to the second and both Goodman and freshman Jen Wandt were honorable mention.
"I really challenged these girls every game, and they came to play this season," Goodman said. "We have come a long way from two years ago, where the games were already over by halftime with a large double-digit deficit, to now expecting to win every game we play.
"Once we start to value every single possession, which comes with age and experience, we will be a very tough team."
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