Eichler, Gosewehr head list of five Grafton honorees; Port Washingtonâ€™s Tydrick, Hilton given special mention
Bob Maronde has had more than a few exceptional teams and players as the girlsâ€™ basketball coach at Grafton High School.
But in his 19 seasons with the Black Hawksâ€™ varsity program, Maronde had never had five players recognized in All-North Shore Conference voting â€” until this year.
Led by the senior Hannah Eichler, the co-champion Black Hawks grabbed the lionâ€™s share of honors in the coachesâ€™ balloting.
Also for Grafton, junior Sam Gosewehr was named to the second team, and Amanda Hunt, Haley Orlowski and Kimmi Schacht received honorable mention.
â€śThatâ€™s amazing. Itâ€™s the first time in school history weâ€™ve had five players chosen,â€ť said Maronde, who guided the Hawks to a 12-2 league record, good for a share of the top spot with Nicolet and Whitefish Bay.
â€śAll five of them led us in scoring in games at one time or another, so it points to the balance we had as a team.â€ť
Representing Port Washington in the all-conference vote were Caity Tydrick and Mikayla Hilton, who both received honorable mention.
Eichler, 5-foot-11-inch guard, was arguably the leagueâ€™s most versatile player. She averaged 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.3 steals per conference game and shot 57% from the field, capping a four-year varsity career with her best all-around season.
Eichler received All-NSC second-team honors last season.
â€śHannah worked so hard this past year to get better and had an incredible season,â€ť Maronde said. â€śShe did it with great play at both ends of the court and within our team concept.â€ť
In recognition of her play, Eichler was also named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Associationâ€™s Division 2 All-State First Team and was chosen to play in the associationâ€™s Division 2 all-star game June 17 in Madison. She plans to join the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay womenâ€™s basketball program this fall as a walk-on player.
Gosewehr, a 6-foot forward, was Graftonâ€™s strongest front-line player. She averaged 9.8 points and 8.8 rebounds and shot 44% from the field.
â€śSam is strong, tall and fast and has the ability to score inside and out,â€ť Maronde said. â€śAll she needs is some more confidence and consistency.â€ť
Hunt, a 6-foot sophomore, is the youngest of the Hawksâ€™ all-conference honorees. She averaged 6.4 points and 3.9 rebounds and shot 53% from the floor.
â€śAmanda is probably the best shooter Iâ€™ve ever coached,â€ť Maronde said. â€śShe had the ability to score inside and step outside to hit the three-pointer.â€ť
Orlowski, a 5-8 junior guard, gave Grafton a â€śgreat high-energy-type player,â€ť Maronde said.
â€śShe has a great ability to get to the basket and is an excellent defensive player.â€ť
Orlowski shot 54% from the field and contributed 6.8 points, 2.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game.
Schacht, a 5-11 senior forward, capped a solid varsity career by averaging 15 points in the Hawksâ€™ final five games. For the season, she averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds and shot 50% from the field.
â€śKim did a great job of defending the post and really came on strong for us offensively at the end of the season,â€ť Maronde said.
As a team, the Hawks shot 48% from the field in conference play and 54% for all games, in which they were 19-5.
â€śThatâ€™s a tribute to the girlsâ€™ shot selection and their ability to share the ball,â€ť Maronde said. â€śThey were really unselfish.â€ť
Tydrick, a 5-6 senior guard, scored a team-high 9.8 points per game for Port, which finished 3-11 in NSC play. She also averaged 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists and shot 62% on free throws.
Although her best position was shooting guard, Tydrick was pressed into point duty and showed continued improvement.
â€śCaity accepted the responsibility and grew into the role as a floor leader,â€ť Port coach Brian Johnson said. â€śShe handled the position well and impressed a lot of the other coaches.â€ť
Hilton, a 6-foot junior forward, averaged 5.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. She used her ability to score inside and from the perimeter to become one of the Piratesâ€™ offensive leaders.
â€śMikayla had the ability to carry us at times. When she was good, she was very good,â€ť Johnson said.
Johnson also praised senior Nicole Ziehm, who was nominated for all-conference honors but bypassed in the voting. Ziehm, a 6-1 center, averaged 8.5 points and 7.1 rebounds.
â€śNicole had a solid senior season,â€ť he said. â€śShe played the best basketball of her career down the stretch for us.â€ť
Joining Eichler on the all-league first team were Nicoletâ€™s Brittney Fair and Courtney Smith and Whitefish Bayâ€™s Lindsey Agnew and Maya Jonas.
Fair, a senior guard who averaged 21 points per game, was named Player of the Year.
Image Information: GRAFFTONâ€™S HANNAH EICHLER was named to the All-North Shore Conference first team. Photo by Sam Arendt