Freshmen girls basketball end season strong


Alex Foelsch

Freshmen Emily Lofgren runs to maintain possession of the basketball against Wentzville Liberty High School on Dec. 15.

The freshmen girl’s basketball team claimed 17, victories and suffered one loss. They picked up big wins over teams such as Rockwood Summit, Parkway North and Wentzville.

“This team was a perfect example of what I’ve learned about Parkway West,” head coach Peggy Schane said. “They deserve recognition for their outstanding season and the dedication they showed.”

The original goals of the season were to play as a team and grow as a program.

“We also wanted to build upon the skills we already had,” freshmen Tia Reed said.

For other teammates, like freshman Layne Bierk, they felt that their season got off to a bumpy start.

“The season had been pretty successful, but the beginning of the year was more difficult because I wasn’t very skilled,” Bierk said. “[But] through six practices a week I finally got a lot better.”

Starting the season with 11 players, losing one to a transfer to Parkway Central and two suffering injuries, the team still weathered the season.

“At the end of January, at one of our basketball games, I tore my ACL, so I didn’t get to end off the season playing in any games,” freshman Madison Foelsch said. “But I enjoyed watching my team finish off the season with wins.”

The team blew out many teams including rival Parkway Central 50-4.

“Whenever we played Central, we always did really good as a team, because we had to slow down and work on practicing our plays,” freshmen Emily Lofgren said.

During the final game, the team secured a win over Marquette High School with a score of 29-25.

“Since it was our last game, we were scared to play because [Marquette] was a good team, and we were down players due to injuries,” freshman Kaitlin Mendonsa. “But the game turned out really good for us and it was really fun way to finish off the season.”

Their final win put them in first place in the Parkway-Rockwood Tournament to close out the season.

“The greatest success was at the finals of the tournament,” Schane said. “It was a great game and came down to making two free throws, by Caroline Briscoe, to seal it so, the story ends and what they worked for all season in practice, paid off.”