The Windthorst Trojanettes graduated three starters from their regional semifinal team last year, leaving much uncertainty for this year's team.
"This year the younger ones have all stepped up and done good this year, and we've all just played as a team and win!" says senior, Brooke Schreiber.
But one thing was certain: Tatum Veitenheimer returned to the court. And she's done nothing but surpass expectations. Only a junior, the division one recruit is averaging 27.5 points, more than 4 rebounds, over 5 assists, and 7 steals per game.
"She's helped us out a lot this year, and she pushes us to do our best," says Schreiber.
Trojanette head coach Heather Stark says, "This year there have been a lot of plays on the bench everybody's like wow, we couldn't believe she got that pass there, we couldn't believe she made that shot, so I think as she's gotten better, the group around her has gotten better, too, and it's really helped us."
"For me, basketball has always kind of been bigger than basketball. It's more about what you get out of it besides basketball. And that's the leadership roles, the friendships, stuff like that. So playing selfish basketball, you don't get anything out of that. So it means a lot to me to share the ball and get everyone involved and make everyone have fun," says Veitenheimer.
"I think all the girls understand that Tatum's going to score a lot of points for us. We're going to run a lot of stuff to get her the ball, but at the same time, they know that if they;re open, she's going to try to get them the ball and have confidence that they can make a shot. And I think that just makes them a lot better to know that the best player on the court has a lot of confidence in your ability," continues Stark.
Stark says she's enjoyed watching senior, Brooke Schreiber grow, too, "She's always been a player that we could really count on defensively, just a really solid basketball player, but I think this year the fact that she's been able to step up her offensive game, and her confidence has just really grown so much this year and i think it's really helped our team become better."
Veitenheimer says although this team appears to be explosive offensively, their defense has helped them in tough situations, so much so, the Trojanettes have coined the phrase, "Lock Down D." Stark explains, "We might not always make all of our shots every night, but we can definitely control how hard we play and the kind of defense we play...As long as we can play the style we want to play, I think we have a shot to beat any team that comes in the gym that night."