Off-season work critical for Resorters

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Working hard in the off-season will be crucial for the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah girls basketball team if it intends on improving over this past season.

The Resorters had high hopes coming into the 2014-15 campaign as they returned three starters among six letter winners but finished only 8-14 overall and 5-9 in the Central Lakeshore Conference (tied for fourth).

Turnovers and an inconsistent offense were key reasons why Elkhart didn’t have a better season. The Resorters averaged only 43.4 points per game and committed 16.9 turnovers per contest. Elkhart’s opponents averaged just 10.5 turnovers.

Elkhart’s defense was solid – allowing only 46.4 points per game.

“I think we all would have liked a better season. We played some very good games, some bad games, and we had a few stinkers,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“We did show signs of improvement, just not enough to close the gap on the top teams in the CLC. The effort was there and we played hard.

“If they want to be successful next year, they need to work hard in the off-season, get stronger and get in the gym. It is not going to be easy, there are some good players in the conference, good teams and good coaches. If you want to have a chance, we are going to have put in the time,” said Kulow.

Elkhart moves into the new CLC/ Olympian Conference this fall.

“It sure would have been nice to get more wins and go further in the [regional] tournament. I think every team would like that,” said Kulow.

“I think I am more disappointed in myself. You have to start at the top, and I needed to better prepare our team. I wish I could start the season over. I would have done some things a little differently.

“We lacked consistency on offense. At times we had a hard time putting the ball in the basket.

“We didn’t come into the season at the level I would have liked. We had to make up time and it took us a while to bring us to the level we needed to be at,” said the veteran coach.

Kulow said the highlights of the season were the two games versus Oostburg in CLC play and the win over Living Word Lutheran (Jackson) in the first round of the Division 5 regional. The Resorters fell to CLC champion Sheboygan Christian in the regional semifinals.

“We did not win either game [against Oostburg] but they were very exciting to be a part of and had a great high school atmosphere. If the ball bounces a little differently, maybe we come out on top,” he recalled.

Kulow commented on each of his players and their contributions.

“Mariah Ausloos had a good senior season. I am glad she was able to end her high school basketball career on a positive note [earning All- CLC first-team honors] and I wish her the best in the future,” said the coach.

Ausloos was the only senior on the team this past season.

“Emma Feldmann came on for us this year. She could be a go-to player next year. Emily Holzmann and Rachael Flora struggled early during the season but came on towards the end.

“Sonia Schubert did a nice job at point guard for us and on defense made things difficult for the other team to bring the ball up the floor. She plays with so much energy and effort,” Kulow noted.

“Camrie Schmitz was a spot starter for us but was better suited for us has a sixth person [off the bench]. It was like instant energy – a player that likes to play defense, runs the floor, and is very coachable.

“Claire Feldmann, Lauren Boos and Mandy McLaughlin received some valuable varsity experience and will be counted on next year to help build some depth on the roster.

“Paige Nelson and Raechel Grunewald played mostly junior varsity but suited up for the every varsity game and were great teammates and will help the team next year,” said Kulow.

Kulow expressed his thanks to his assistant coaches Keith Knepfel, Barry Feldmann and Stephanie Knpefel for their dedication and work. Kulow also thanked Elkhart boys head coach Ray Mlada and former Resorter head boys coach Jim Brown for their assistance, and the parents and fans for their support of the team throughout the season.

FINAL STATS, AWARDS

Ausloos, a forward, led the Resorters in scoring with a 10.5 pointsper game average and rebounding at 5.9 per contest.

Schubert paced the team in assists and steals with averages of 2.2 and 4.1, respectively. Emma Feldmann, a forward, led in free-throw shooting with an excellent 83.3 percent, three-point goals, 17 and blocked shots with a 2.4 average per game.

The Resorters’ varsity letter winners include: Ausloos, juniors Flora, Holzmann and Emma Feldmann, and sophomores Schubert, Schmitz, Claire Feldmann, Boos, McLaughlin, Grunewald and Nelson.


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