Watertown Girls Return Veteran Squad To Hardwood

The Watertown girls basketball team looks to continue the momentum built off of a very successful 2019-20 campaign.  The Goslings return a good nucleus from last year’s squad that went 17-7 season that saw them finish runner-up in the Badger South Conference.  Their postseason run came to an end with a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to eventual state qualifier Divine Savior Holy Angel in the Regional Final.

“The kids have just picked up wherever they left off last year with their work ethic and their focus.” Coach Matt Stollberg told DailyDodge.com.  “We’ve got seven seniors now and that’s something we won’t take for granitite because if I were to just not show up one day, they would probably just run their own practice. That’s kind of the point that they are at right now. So that’s kind of a cool thing to have.”

Watertown returns all five starters and a pair of All-Badger South players from a year ago.  Senior Teya Maas (16p, 9r) was a 1st Team All-Badger South pick while fellow senior Avalon Uecke (9p, 5r) was an Honorable Mention selection.  Both of those players have decided to play college basketball next season at Bryant & Stratton College which is in the Milwaukee area.  Also returning starters for Watertown are senior Aubrey Schmutzler (6p), juniors Lily Gifford (5p) and Riley Quinn (3p).   Other returners for coach Stollberg include, Sydney Linskens (3p), Riley Fredrick, Autumn Meyers and Macy Zubke.

Had the season gone off as planned Watertown would have been a contender to win the Badger South Conference, with the pandemic, the league isn’t sponsoring an official league slate.

“In a normal season or this season.  Our goal is never to focus on winning a single game on December 7th.  It’s to do everything we can to be playing our best basketball at the end of the year.” Stollberg said.  “That was kind of our goal last year as well.  The best basketball we played all year was in our final game of the season.  Obviously, it didn’t work out.  We played with the best of the best and had a chance to win.  That was just a result of the daily incremental improvement of trying to get a little bit better each day and not focus solely on individual outcomes or individual games. With this group its been the same thing this year.  We don’t necessarily know what’s coming at any moment with everything going on with the virus, but we just control what we control and try to get better each day and be grateful for the opportunities.”

The Goslings are 2-2 this season, with both losses to traditional state powers Beaver Dam and Oak Creek. So far this season Maas is averaging 14 points per game while Uecke is at 9 per contest. Watertown travels to Portage on Saturday afternoon.

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