One year after winning just five games and finishing in fifth place in the six-team South Central Conference, the Westfield girls basketball team finished with 12 wins and improved to third place in the league.
There were many reasons for Westfield’s drastic improvement this season, but among the biggest reasons was the play of Lexi Brakebush. The sophomore guard was the South Central Conference’s second-leading scorer at 14.6 points per game, helping her earn All-South Central Conference first team honors this season.
Brakebush becomes the first Westfield girls basketball player to land on the SCC’s first team since Alysan Stauffacher in 2016.
Brakebush, who also averaged 1.4 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.3 rebounds per game, scored in double figures in every game but one this season. She scored 20 or more points four times, including a 24-point effort in a 46-39 victory at Almond-Bancroft on Dec. 28.
Also earning All-SCC honors for the Pioneers this season was junior Tahya Reetz, who was a second team selection. Reetz averaged 8.8 points per game this season, along with 1.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds per contest.
Reetz scored in double figures 11 times this season, including five of Westfield’s final seven games. She scored her season high of 15 points three times, including in back-to-back victories over Wautoma and Chequamegon late in the season.
Wisconsin Dells, who won its fourth straight SCC championship this season, dominated the first team honors. Of the six players that landed on the first team, four were from Wisconsin Dells. Seniors Katelyn Meister, Jamie Pfeifer, Grace Myklebust and Bethany Smith all earned first team honors. Joining Brakebush and the Wisconsin Dells quartet on the first team was Nekoosa junior Marissa Harnisch.
Meister, who has committed to play next season at Michigan Tech University, was named the Player of the Year in the SCC. Meister led the conference in scoring at 21 points per game and was a member of a talented senior class for the Chiefs that went a perfect 40-0 in conference games over the last four years.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Katelyn Meister, Sr., Wisconsin Dells.
FIRST TEAM: *Marissa Harnisch, Jr., Nekoosa; *Lexi Brakebush, So., Westfield; *Katelyn Meister, Sr., Wisconsin Dells; *Jamie Pfeifer, Sr., Wisconsin Dells; *Grace Myklebust, Sr., Wisconsin Dells; *Bethany Smith, Sr., Wisconsin Dells.
SECOND TEAM: Kyra Bula, So., Adams-Friendship; Bridget Gunther, Jr., Mauston; Allison Elk, Jr., Nekoosa; Tahya Reetz, Jr., Westfield; Kallysa Farrell, So., Adams-Friendship.