The Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball team was recognized with two players being named All-Little Eight Conference recently.
Senior Megan Friedrich and sophomore Emily Friedrich both received that honor, while junior Megan Kokett and senior Carlie Steffenson were honorable-mention selections. All four helped the Chargers bounce back from a 0-5 start to the season to finish 15-10 overall. Longtime assistant coach Jim Rolf was also honored by being named the Section 6A Assistant Coach of the Year.
"This was a very rewarding and successful season," head coach Dick Simpson said. "The girls improved greatly throughout the year and were a very coachable and fun team to be associated with. Everyone accepted their role and they played well as a team."
Steffenson, Kokett and E. Friedrich joined Elizabeth Vinson and Carrigan Okerlund as players who earned team awards for never missing a practice this season.
Megan Friedrich wrapped up her career at Brandon-Evansville by leading the team in scoring and putting her name in the school record book. She averaged 12.7 points per game and connected on a B-E record 25 straight free throws at one point this year. She ended up 13th on the program's all-time scoring list with 762 points in her career.
Kokett also put her name in the record books after averaging 9.3 points per game. Her 48 threes this season and 72 career triples are both school records. Kokett and Steffenson both tied a school record with the most threes in a single game this year with five versus Henning and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, respectively.
Kokett and Emily Friedrich are part of a young group that Simpson feels this team can grow with in the future as they try to make up for the loss of both Steffenson and M. Friedrich to graduation. They will leave after leading the Chargers to a third-place finish in the LEC with a 7-5 league record.
"We will miss our two seniors," Simpson said. "They provided much senior leadership and will be missed not only for their basketball abilities but also for their good attitude and hustle. They ended their basketball careers by playing their best ball. We feel we have a lot of potential underclassmen coming up who gained a lot of experience this season, so we are looking forward to next season with much optimism."
GIRLS' BASKETBALL AWARDS
ALL-LITTLE EIGHT CONFERENCE - M. Friedrich, E. Friedrich; Honorable Mention - Kokett, Steffenson
DIDN'T MISS A PRACTICE AWARD - Steffenson, Kokett, E. Friedrich, Vinson, Okerlund
SECTION 6A ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR - Jim Rolf
SEASON STATISTICS - Kristine Bettermann - 37 points, 75 rebounds, 8 steals, 7 assists; E. Friedrich - 197 points, 182 rebounds, 20 steals, 38 assists; M. Friedrich - 317 points, 159 rebounds, 58 steals, 46 assists; Kylee Hansen - 1 rebound; Mariah Hansen - 65 points, 66 rebounds, 21 steals, 61 assists; Melissa Haseman - 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Kokett - 233 points, 73 rebounds, 66 steals, 28 assists; Okerlund - 44 points, 25 rebounds, 13 steals, 16 assists; Kinsley Randt - 16 points, 57 rebounds, 8 steals, 65 assists; Sara Roers - 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Steffenson - 193 points, 42 rebounds, 24 steals, 18 assists; Vinson - 126 points, 57 rebounds, 14 steals, 37 assists
B-E PROGRAM RECORDS SET - Most Consecutive Free Throws - M. Friedrich - 25; Most three-point FG in one season - Kokett - 48; Most three-point FG attempts in one season - Kokett - 190; Most three-point FG in one game (Four-way tie) - Kokett - 5 vs. Henning; Steffenson - 5 vs. Wheaton-H-N; Most three-point FG in career - Kokett - 72; Most three-point FG attempted in career - 286; All-time scoring list - M. Friedrich - 13th, 762