The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team had a tremendous season.
The Wildcats finished the regular season with an 18 game winning streak following two losses and won the Central State Activities Association league title.
Deservedly so, the Wildcats had three players named to the CSAA first team and one to honorable mention.
Central Montcalm didn’t have they type of season they were hoping for, but still saw two players earn league postseason honors.
Earning first team honors for Lakeview were junior Maddie Shurlow, junior Sadie Massie and senior Lauren Jaquays.
Shurlow, a guard, averaged 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.4 steals per game. She shot 70 percent from the free throw line.
Shurlow was the league’s top vote getter. She is also a Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) all-state nominee, team MVP and the Wildcat’s co-defensive player of the year.
“Maddie is the smartest player I’ve ever coached,” Lakeview coach Dave King said. “She gets it like no other. She sees the floor so well, she is just a smart basketball player. She can do it all. She can score when we need her to, a phenomenal passer and this year took huge strides forward defensively.”
Massie, a guard, averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 steals and 3.8 rebounds per game.
“Sadie has always been a great athlete, never a great basketball player until this year,” King said. “This year she was our best defender, instinctively. She had a lot of steals as more of a wing defender. She jumped a lot of passing lanes and got a lot of points in run outs. Her shot improved a lot this year.”
Jaquays, a center, averaged 9.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. She shot 43 percent from the floor.
“Lauren has always been a good athlete with a big, strong body,” King said. “Her challenge was always the mental part of the game. She started the season the same way, but really came on toward the end. She develop more moves in the post and stepped up her game, especially offensively.”
Lakeview senior Estelle Molitor earned honorable mention.
Molitor, a guard, averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. She was a four-year varsity team member, team captain and co-defensive player of the year.
“Estelle, honorable mention is not good enough. Never a flashy player, but always a really good defender,” King said. “She was our best on-the-ball defender. When we took Maddie off the ball, Estelle would play the point. She always did whatever we needed.”
Lakeview finished the season 19-3 overall.
Central Montcalm senior Savannah Case earned second team honors.
Case, a center, averaged 13 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
“Savannah was definitely one of the strongest inside players in the CSAA this season,” Hornets coach Kevin Everingham said. “She has moves inside that had teams double and triple teaming her.”
Case will play for Lake Michigan College next year.
Earning honorable mention was senior Ashton Bohen.
Bohen, a guard, averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.
“She started the season as someone that set things up for us,” Everingham said. “After some injuries, it required her to take over instead of being just a passer. She really did a good job with it.”
Central Montcalm finished the season 5-16 overall.
Shelby Boyd, Newaygo
Hannah Guy, Chippewa Hills
Karah Hensel, Reed City
Lauren Jaquays, Lakeview
Sadie Massie, Lakeview
Maddie Shurlow, Lakeview
Lindsey Veersma, Morley Stanwood
Rachel Weaver, White Cloud
Kendall Boone, Chippewa Hills
Savannah Case, Central Montcalm
Mallory Raven, Morley Stanwood
Jacki Stone, Holton
Makenzie Switzer, Reed City
Rachel Younts, Holton
Lauren Zeerip, Hesperia
Ashton Bohen, Central Montcalm
Madi Giese, Newaygo
Jennie Kizer, Morley Stanwood
Estelle Molitor, Lakeview
Ashley Seath, Big Rapids
Emily Starck, Chippewa Hills
Mariah Stitt, Hesperia
Natalie Westhoff, Reed City
Katie Wildfong, Holton
Caitlin Wilk, White Cloud