Tigers’ Yancy, Schaller on All-BEC first team

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

Juniors Sam Yancy and Brittany Schaller of Howards Grove were voted to the All-Big East Conference girls basketball first team for the 2015-16 season by the league coaches.

Yancy, a forward, and Schaller, a point guard, were named to the All-Central Lakeshore Conference first team last year. The CLC dissolved in 2015 and the BEC was formed and completed its inaugural basketball season.

Also earning All-BEC honors for the Tigers is junior forward Addi Gerber on the second team.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters have a pair of all-league picks in junior point guard Sonia Schubert on the first team and senior forward Rachael Flora, honorable mention. Schubert was All-CLC honorable mention as a sophomore.

Yancy ranked sixth in the BEC in scoring with a 14.4 points-pergame average, third in rebounding at 10.4 per contest, fifth in steals, with a 2.9 average and tied for eighth in blocked shots with a 1.4 average.

SAM YANCY SAM YANCY She led the league in offensive rebounds with 78 and averaged 1.0 assists per game. Yancy is one of four unanimous first-team choices.

“Our opponent’s goal was most often to shut Sam down. But whether it was offense or defense, Sam found ways to stand out and contribute,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

Schaller was No. 1 in the con- ference in assists with a 4.4 average per game and shared ninth in scoring with a 12.7 average. She averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest, and hit four three-point goals.

“She ran our offense and stood out as the leader of our team. She’s a kid that will give 100 percent until the final horn,” said Georgeff.

“Many times she hit big shots or free throws for us that turned the game in our favor and coaches remember that.”

Gerber averaged 10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. She drained 10 three-pointers.

BRITTANY SCHALLER BRITTANY SCHALLER “Addi finished in the top 20 in scoring [19th] and rebounds [15th] in conference play. She saved all of her best performances for conference games,” said the Tiger coach.

“She causes match-up problems for a lot of teams. If you try to defend her with a post she can beat you from the perimeter but if you try to put a guard on her she will beat you down low.”

Schubert was No. 1 in the BEC in steals with a 4.4 average per game. She tied for ninth in scoring with a 12.7 average and shared 10th in three-point goals with 17.

She averaged 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest.

“Sonia was our leading scorer, our energy player and our igniter. She lead the BEC in steals and you always had to be aware of her when the opponent had the ball,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“She plays at a high level. She has that knack to get a deflection or tip from behind and secure the ball.”

Flora averaged 8.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.

“Rachael’s senior leadership really showed this year and was a great communicator. She was our threat inside and had a solid year for us,” said Kulow.

“She was second on the team in scoring and was our leading rebounder. It was nice to see her get some recognition from the BEC coaches.”

Senior guard Hannah Modahl of Sheboygan Christian was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year. Modahl is a unanimous first-team selection. The other unanimous first-team players are senior forward Maddie Uhlenbrauck of St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) and sophomore center Emma Richards of Ozaukee.

Uhlenbrauck led the BEC in scoring with a 17.2 average, followed by Richards at 17.0 and Modahl, 16.9.

Richards was the rebounding leader with a 14.0 average. Senior April Gehl of Hilbert led in blocked shots at 4.1 per game.

Sophomore Ashley Flipse of Christian sank a league-high 44 three-point goals.

HGHS and Oostburg shared the conference’s regular-season title with 15-1 records. Oostburg won the BEC Tournament – defeating the Tigers in the finals.

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