New Berlin West’s girls basketball team recorded one of the best seasons in program history, winning a conference championship for the first time since 1996 and posting a 20-4 mark.
The Vikings won their first two games of the season before falling in overtime to Brookfield East. New Berlin West then rattled off 16 consecutive victories, going from Nov. 22 to Feb. 7 without losing a game.
After a loss to Pewaukee, New Berlin West recovered to lock up a share of the Woodland West Conference title with a 61-48 win over Wauwatosa West on Feb. 10.
The Vikings ended up sharing the conference crown with New Berlin Eisenhower but entered the playoffs as the top seed in their half of the WIAA Division 2 Brown Deer sectional.
New Berlin West took down Waukesha North, 56-30, in its playoff opener but then fell, 58-55, in a double overtime thriller to fourth-seeded and eventual Division 2 state runner-up Cudahy in the regional final.
“We had a very good year, winning a share of the conference title for the first time in 21 years,” first-year New Berlin West coach Collin Thompson said. “Our seniors led us with their leadership on and off the court all year long.
“We didn’t end the way we were hoping for, but looking back over the 24-game season we had, we were very pleased with how the season turned out.”
Junior guard Alyssa Nelson led the Vikings in scoring at 16.0 points per game, shooting 55.0 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc to take home first team All-Woodland West honors. Nelson also grabbed 4.5 rebounds and added 1.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Joining Nelson on the All-Woodland West first team was senior forward Morgan Henrichs, who averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Senior guard Ewelina Schlomann was second team All-Woodland West after averaging 8.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Senior forward Lily Adkison (5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds) and junior forward Maddie Fritz (7.3 points, 2.5 rebounds) were honorable mention All-Woodland West.
Adkison also was a Woodland Conference Scholar Athlete, while Henrichs won the “Stick Award,” senior guard Skylar Berens took home the “Viking Pride Award” and Schlomann was the recipient of the “Extra Lap Award.”
New Berlin West will graduate five seniors, including starters Henrichs, Schlomann, Berens and Adkison and key reserve Ruwandi Wijenayake.
The Vikings will need younger players to step up next season, but they return two All-Woodland West players in Nelson and Fritz and junior guard Lauren Kunz.
“We will be in somewhat of a rebuilding process, however, we return our leading scorer and a first-team All-Conference player in Alyssa and key contributors in Maddie Fritz and Lauren Kunz,” Thompson said. “We will be looking for new players to step up and fill the roles of the five seniors. We have a lot of potential moving into next year.”