All-Walworth County girls basketball
accomplished with that. I never thought it would happen.”
— Whitewater's Brooke Trewyn, All-Walworth County Player of the Year
The fourth time was the charm for 5-foot-9 guard/forward Brooke Trewyn as she became the Player of the Year on the 17th annual All-Walworth County girls basketball team. The Whitewater High School senior made the second team as a freshman and was on the first team as a sophomore and a junior.
“It's pretty cool,” Trewyn said. “The last two years, Breanna Gaspervich (of East Troy) got it, so it was fun to get it this year finally.”
Joining her on the first team are Erin Schahczinski, a 5-9 senior of Elkhorn; Maria Mieres Rey, a 5-7 senior of Badger; Sarah Schumacher, a 6-0 junior of Whitewater; and Kori Koss, a 5-2 senior from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.
Trewyn, the Rock Valley Conference North Division's top player and four-time league first-team member, holds five career and six season or game records for Whitewater. For her 98-game career, she leads the way with 1,596 points (16.3 per game average), 797 rebounds (8.1), 382 steals (3.9), 135 three-pointers and 332 assists (3.4). This season, Trewyn scored 365 points (15.2), had 48 three-pointers, 86 steals (3.6), 84 assists (3.5), 139 rebounds (5.8) and she shot 72 percent on free-throw attempts.
“Brooke is the most decorated female basketball player in the history of WHS,” Whitewater coach Judy Harms said.
“I'm pretty proud,” Trewyn said. “But I want someone to come in and break those (records). I'm happy with what I accomplished with that. I never thought it would happen (when I started). I really wasn't expecting that, actually. I was in the shadows of the upperclassmen ... it was pretty cool to have my name announced as a freshman.”
She said breaking the scoring record was a goal. However, because she had the girls record entering this season, her eyes were on the overall record of 1,608, held by Hugh Gnatzig since 1970. She came up 12 points short of tying the mark.
If there was a disappointment, it was in not making it to the state tournament. The Whippets lost to Brodhead in the sectional.
“I really thought we would make it this year for sure,” Trewyn said. “But if we had to lose to anyone, I'm glad it was to them.”
Trewyn played volleyball in the fall, but this year she decided to pass on track and field. So, the next big athletic challenge will be college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she will have teammates from her Amateur Athletic Union's Wisconsin Academy team out of Stoughton.
“There were a lot of other teams (considered), but I'm excited. The coach said this is the best recruiting class they have ever had. There are no seniors next year,” Trewyn said about a program that finished third in the NCAA Division III tournament this year after being runner-up two years ago.
Schahczinski also will play in college next season, as she will attend Edgewood College in Madison. She was recruited to play at other schools, with Clarke University in Iowa her other top choice.
This past season, she said her biggest improvement was ball handling.
“In the summer I don't play point guard; I play the three guard, so it's always a challenge for me when I play for Elkhorn because I do have to bring the ball down with pressure on me,” Schahczinski said. “My strength is definitely how versatile I am. If a smaller guard is on me, I can go post them up. Or if a bigger girl is on me, I can take them off the dribble or shoot the three.”
Schahczinski was second-team All-County last year and first-team Southern Lakes the last two years, is her school's No. 2 all-time scorer with 982 points (10.9 ppg), including 351 (15.2) this season. She added 153 (6.7) rebounds and 34 assists to end with 408 (4.5) and 143, respectively.
She said winning the MVP conference honors and being first team in the SLC two years in a row were her individual highlights, “and, even though it still haunts me, being 18 points away from 1,000 career points.”
Schumacher, who made the Rock Valley North first team after being a second-team choice a year ago, registered 36 blocks and 52 steals to go with 295 points, 164 rebounds and 49 assists.
“Being the only non-senior on the (All-County) team makes me really motivated for next year. I have really high goals for myself and my team next year,” Schumacher said. “I'm hoping to improve my ball handling and shooting skills. We should have a really talented team again next year.”
She said her strengths include “being able to run the court really well and playing aggressive defense.”
Schumacher, who is not sure where she will go to college, hopes to continue playing basketball and is looking for a big senior season.
“Our team came up short of what we wanted to accomplish this season, so we have high goals to get to Green Bay next season,” she said.
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