For being one of the top players on her team the last few seasons, Brookfield Central senior guard Lydia Rohde was one of the most unselfish players I have every seen.
Many times the unselfish players don't get the big stats — read that points — and sometimes get passed up for post-season honors.
Not this season.
Rohde was a first-team NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball selection, one of only 12 players from the 26 communities we cover.
So it shouldn't be surprising to note she became Central's all-time leader in assists this season, with over 330 career assists, averaging 4.0 per game this year.
"It is a team sport, not an individual sport," Rohde said. "It's not one person doing everything. Before I started high school, I remember my dad telling me assists should be important to me."
But it was her other stats that finally jumped out at you this season.
The 5-foot-10-inch point guard averaged 13.3 points, an amazing 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals (a team-leading 40).
Her shooting was something to watch, as she shot .493 from the field, including an excellent .492 from beyond the arc. She also converted 58 3-pointers, a .705 percent from the free throw line.
She also moved into second place in the all-time scoring category, ending her career with 954 points.
The four-year player also holds the following school records: 3-point shots made in a career, 3-point shots made in a season (56), 3-point shooting percentage in a season (47 percent) and free-throw shooting percentage in a season (82 percent).
They had a surprising 21-5 record, beating GMC Championship Divine Savior Holy Angels three times and fell one game short of going to state.
Rohde was a major reason for their success.
"She was much more efficient offensively this year," said Central coach Dan Wandrey. "She has been a good player. Most other teams emphasized to stop her offense for three years. They came into game hoping to limit Rohde or stop her. Yet she still had the stats she did."
Wandrey was thrilled with having her for four seasons.
"Overall, it was nice to have a kid of her caliber," he said. "She had the ball a lot; she made good decisions. She's a hard worker. She works on her game."
Wandrey had a solid relationship with his star player.
"He yells, but what coach doesn't yell," Rohde laughed. "He is very good at encouraging you. He knows what to say. He knows what to talk about. He builds your confidence."
That confidence really came out down the stretch this year as Rohde played some of the best ball of her career.
"She was great," Wandrey said. "It was not a big surprise in that second stretch that she was our leading scorer in 11 of 13 games and eight or nine straight. She made everything work.
"From a confidence point it made a big difference. She settled in, knew what we had to do. She was really comfortable."
Rohde also matured as a leader through the years.
"I learned from (former players) Val (Agnello) and Sarah (Fotsch) how to lead," she said. "Leadership is definitely important and they showed me a lot."
Wandrey recalled a time this year where Rohde pulled a teammate aside and made a point about stepping it up.
"My coaches told me," he recalled. "From a coach's standpoint, that's invaluable."
Next year will be the first time in four seasons that Rohde won't be around.
"Just look at what the kid has done," Wandrey said. "She set a tone for the amount of time and effort she put in, including improving her shooting in the off-season.
"I am going to miss having her in a Lancer uniform."
High Honorable Mention
Coaches: Dan Wandrey, Brookfield Central
Player: Emma Brauer, Brookfield Central; Nicole Hinz, Brookfield Central; Mariah Miller, Brookfield East; Angela Pichler, Brookfield East
Player: Kourtney Krohn, Brookfield Academy
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