Girls Basketball Preview
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves girls basketball team is looking to improve on last year’s middle-of-the-conference finish in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings. Under the direction of head coach Adam Sticht, the Wolves are returning an experienced group of players that are hoping to improve on last year’s conference record.
“Our team this year has nine players returning that lettered in our previous season,” Sticht said. “So, I would say that our team is returning with a good number of experienced players. We have three seniors returning this year as well. Hailee McDonough as our point guard, Maggie Glaus as our post player, and Halle Gilles as an outside guard. They have all contributed to our program in many ways.”
The seniors will surely be the driving factor in whether the Wolves have a great season or an average season such as last year. However, there are other players on the roster that Sticht said will have significant contributions as well.
“We are expected (our seniors) to lead on the floor and be steady scorers and defenders for our team this year. Hannah Forster, Izzy Forster, and Lilly Webb as sophomores last year gained valuable experience and filled many roles. We have high expectations for our girls this year. We also have incoming players that we are watching develop every single day. We are excited to see what they bring to the table.”
The Dunn-St. Croix Conference in girls basketball is highly competitive and will be difficult to win outright. However, Sticht spoke about what his expectations are for the team this year.
“Our team plays in a very athletically talented conference here in the Dunn-St. Croix,” Sticht said. “The teams we play are very knowledgeable and scrappy. I believe our team this year will show up and can be highly competitive with whoever we face. We will face every game with drive and will leave it all on the court.”
Similar to other teams, Sticht spoke about last season, both as a whole and also how COVID-19 impacted the season and changed the program in more than one way.
“We competed last season with a record of 8-12 and walked away from our first playoff game victorious, before being blown out to a very talented team, Cochrane-Fountain City, that won our regional,” Sticht said. “Last year was also my coaching staff and I’s first season coaching together with these girls. So that, along with COVID, made last year a challenging year to make preparations for competitive events where there is always the unknown of a missing key player to your team or coaching staff. I truly believe that the challenges brought out team and program closer and pushed us to overcome many hardships. I like to try and find the positive out of a situation that has impacted so many people negatively.”
While speaking about the issues that COVID presented for the coaching staff, Sticht spoke highly of his coaching staff and what they bring to the program.
“Tom Sauve is my assistant varsity coach and Paige Senitor is my JV coach as well as my assistant varsity coach,” Sticht said. “The program and I are both very lucky to have these two on the coaching staff. Both bring experience from coaching multiple sports at different levels. They also bring knowledge from their playing experience as well.”
Sticht finished his comments by talking about how proud he is of both his team and his coaching staff in their preparation for this season.
“I am truly proud of our girls for all the work they have been putting in,” Sticht said. “Whether that’s on the court, in the classroom, or getting into the weight room. My coaching staff and I are really excited to get into the season.”
As of Monday, Dec. 6, the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves are 1-2 for the season. Their next game is on Friday, Dec. 10, when they host Spring Valley in a Dunn-St. Croix Conference matchup. That game is slated to begin at 7:15 p.m.
The 2021-22 Elmwood/Plum City girls basketball team. Photo courtesy of Adam Sticht