By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD — Auburndale seniors Taylor Gotz and Paiton Richardson were among the five players selected to the first team of the 2015-2016 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball Team as voted on by the seven conference coaches.
Gotz was one of four unanimous first-team picks. She finished third in the conference in scoring at 15.2 points per contest, was second in assists at three per game, and also averaged six rebounds for the Apaches. Auburndale tied Wisconsin Rapids Assumption and Marathon for the conference title with a 10-2 record. Gotz finished her career with 894 points, 560 rebounds, 202 steals, and 193 assists.
“Taylor has continued to dominate in all areas of the game, leading the team in rebounds, assists, and steals while also scoring more than 350 points,” Auburndale coach Scott Meidl, who was chosen as the conference’s Coach of the Year, said. “She is a senior who leads by example in the way she plays every single night.”
Conferencewide Richardson finished second in scoring at 16.3 points per game and also averaged six rebounds a game for Auburndale. She ended her career with 814 points and 319 rebounds.
“Paiton is definitely the most improved basketball player I have seen,” Meidl said. “She finally got her chance to start this year and took full advantage. Her ability to use both hands in the post allowed her to be more effective on the offensive end.”
Joining the two Apaches on the first team were Wisconsin Rapids Assumption’s Macie Zurfluh and Gena Grundhoffer, who was named Player of the Year, and Marathon’s Morgan Rachu.
Stratford senior guard Savannah Schillinger was a second-team selection after leading the conference in 3-point percentage (37.3), finishing second in 3-pointers made with 24, and finishing fourth in scoring at 13 points per game.
Auburndale’s Sylviann Momont and Allison Linzmeier and Stratford’s Sammy Griesbach and Andie Zuelke were among the honorable mention selections.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2015-2016 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball Team
First team: *Gena Grundhoffer, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; *Macie Zurfluh, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; *Taylor Gotz, Auburndale; *Morgan Rachu, Marathon; Paiton Richardson, Auburndale. (*unanimous selection)
Second team: Olivia Meurette, Marathon; Jayci Blume, Marathon; Lauren Fech, Wausau Newman Catholic; Rebekah Edelberg, Northland Lutheran; Savannah Schillinger, Stratford.
Honorable mention: Macyn Krings, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Olivia Skibba, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Sylviann Momont, Auburndale; Allison Linzmeier, Auburndale; Julia Anderson, Marathon; Amanda Kind, Marathon; Signe Fronek, Wausau Newman Catholic; Taylor Jankowski, Wausau Newman Catholic; Hannah Kloehn, Northland Lutheran; Jenna Hughes, Pittsville; Miranda Ortner, Pittsville; Sammy Griesbach, Stratford; Andie Zuelke, Stratford.
Coach of the Year: Scott Meidl, Auburndale.
Player of the Year: Gena Grundhoffer, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.