Tigers’ Yancy BEC Player of the Year

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

SAM YANCY SAM YANCY Senior forward Sam Yancy of Howards Grove was voted the Big East Conference Player of the Year for the 2016-17 girls basketball season by the BEC coaches.

Yancy and Tiger teammate Brittany Schaller, a senior point guard, were named to the All-BEC first team for the second straight year. They were also on the All-Central Lakeshore Conference first team as sophomores. The CLC dissolved in 2015.

The Tigers’ other all-league players, each honorable mention, are senior guard/forward Olivia Stauss, senior forward Addi Gerber and senior guard/ forward Kaitlynn Near. Gerber was on the second team as a junior.

The Tigers, the Division 4 state champions, won the BEC regular season with a 13-0 record and the conference tournament.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters have one All- BEC selection in senior point guard Sonia Schubert who earned second-team honors for the second consecutive season.

BRITTANY SCHALLER BRITTANY SCHALLER Yancy tied for sixth in the conference in steals with a 3.0 average per game in BEC play. She averaged 10.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 assists per contest.

“I think Sam earned Player of the Year due to her being the focus of the other team’s game plan,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“Everyone tried to shut her down and in some cases they were successful in limiting her scoring but no one was successful in winning the game. Sam was a great defender and an outstanding rebounder, and that always showed through in games.”

Schaller led the BEC in assists at 4.2 per game and ranked fifth in steals with a 3.1 average.

She averaged 9.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest and hit 12 three-pointers.

“Conference coaches often comment to me about Brittany after games. She stands out because she works so hard,” said Georgeff.

“She led the conference in assists but I don’t think it came down to offensive stats. She’s a presence on the floor that other teams wish they had.”

Schubert tied for second in steals with a 3.9 average. She averaged 10.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and made seven treys.

“Sonia was a four-year varsity player and what she lacked in size she made up for in per hustle and determination,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“I was glad to see her make all conference this year because there were many very good players in the conference, so to to have the BEC coaches select her was a credit to what she accomplished on the floor. It was not just her scoring but her ability to rebound as well. She was one of our top rebounders.

“What stands out to me the most is her defensive presence on the floor. You always had to be aware of her and her ability to come up with a steal or run a player down and not give up a basket,” said Kulow.

“The natural athletic ability she has is special, no matter what sport. I have only seen a few in all my years of coaching here at EL-G. It has been a true honor to coach her the last four years.”

Stauss averaged 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. She drained 11 three-point goals.

Gerber averaged 7.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. She sank 10 three-balls.

Near contributed 8.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She hit an impressive 61.5 percent (8 of 13) from three-point range.

“I think without question they [Stauss, Gerber and Near] are all top players in the conference, deserving of more than honorable mention,” said Georgeff.

“But on a team with so many players that step up in different games, it’s hard to be noticed in stats compared to the other teams with less balance. Each of these three stepped up in many situations for us. I couldn’t nominate one [for All-BEC] without the others.

The other first-team repeaters are junior center Emma Richards of Ozaukee, senior forward/center Aimee Bichler of Oostburg and senior guard/forward Faith Lubner of Reedsville.

Sophomore guard Makaylee Kuhn of Hilbert is the only unanimous first-team choice. Kuhn was the league’s scoring champion with a 16.2 average.

Junior center Dacota Weigert of Sheboygan Lutheran led in rebounding at 12.9 per contest. Junior forward Megan Lau of Hilbert was first in blocked shots with a 2.4 average.

Freshman guard Rebecca Schauer of Ozaukee ranked first in steals with a 4.4 average.

Senior guard Hannah Sweetman of Mishicot led in three-pointers with 36.

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