Anyone that faced the Oostburg girls basketball team as an opponent this season knew they had to focus on shutting down one player in order to win — Maranda Huibregtse.
But, despite the constant defensive focus the senior All-Central Lakeshore Conference first team selection garnered, it never seemed to matter.
En route to earning her second consecutive Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State Division 3 honorable mention and an Associated Press All-State honorable mention, the 5-foot-8-inch point guard led Sheboygan County with 19 points per game and was the driving force in the Flying Dutchmen reaching a sectional final with a 19-7 overall record.
The Sheboygan Press Media All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year also led Oostburg in rebounds (7.3 per game), assists (4.6 per game) and steals (4.0 per game).
“I’m not usually a stats person, but if you look at her stats you can tell what kind of year she had,” Oostburg coach Lisa Immel said. “She really accounted for a lot of our offensive production, but not just from her own scoring. If you look at just the stats, it tells the tale of the kind of season she had, which in my mind was a pretty impressive one.”
The Flying Dutchmen went 13-1 in winning the CLC and earning a No. 1 seed in the WIAA Division 3 State Girls Basketball tournament. Receiving votes in the Associated Press poll during the season’s closing weeks, Oostburg went on a postseason run that saw it defeat its first three opponents before falling to eventual state champion Kettle Moraine Lutheran.
“I’ve had her for four years now and we’ve grown together both in my coaching and in her playing and I think when you have a senior that’s been with you that long they understand the system and she has bought into it since Day 1,” Immel said. “It’s been an amazing opportunity for me to coach a kid like that, not just in the way she has helped with coaching and developing other players, but also with her work ethic. She never settled for where she was at, she always wanted to improve and was always was striving for more, so I have been blessed having a kid like that in the gym for four years.”
Her competitiveness was on full display during the Flying Dutchmen’s tournament run as she made one final push for a state title. In Oostburg’s four postseason games, Huibregtse averaged 20.8 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four rebounds.
“I think Maranda holds two really irreplaceable characteristics. As far as basketball is concerned, the way she can handle the ball and create things for herself and the team, we are definitely going to miss that,” Immel said. “But, another irreplaceable thing that will be missed is her intensity. Practices were more intense because of her, even in the weight room things were more intense because of her. She expects more than a lot of student athletes do, from herself and her teammates, and I think that’s going to be what’s missed the most next season.”
Maranda Huibregtse, 5-8, sr., Oostburg (POY)
During the regular season, Huibregtse had fewer than two steals once and was held to single-digits in scoring once. She was held to fewer than five rebounds six times and was also held to two or fewer assists six times. She had seven double-doubles and recorded the area’s only triple-double in a 68-43 December home win over Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah when she notched 22 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals. She had a season-high eight steals in a 42-35 January road win over Howards Grove and a season-high 13 rebounds in a 41-35 January home win over Sheboygan Christian in which both squads entered the game undefeated in the CLC. Huibregtse’s season-high was 27 points, which she achieved on two occasions — first, in a 70-45 January home win over Cedar Grove-Belgium, and again in a 51-38 sectional semifinal win over Waupun this month. She scored more than 20 points 13 times and still managed to shoot near 50 percent on field goals.
Kaily Moegenburg, 5-11, sr., Plymouth
In earning an All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference first team selection, Moegenburg led the Panthers in several per game averages including rebounds (8.6), assists (2.7) and steals (3.7) while being second on the team with nine points per game. She had five double-doubles, 10 double-digit scoring performances and had 18 games with seven or more rebounds. Moegenburg had season highs in a 49-45 January home win over New Holstein in which she had 21 points and 13 rebounds and also collected 10 steals in a December game at Sheboygan South. She also collected eight offensive rebounds in a 12-point, 12-rebound performance in a 55-39 December win at Campbellsport.
Lauren Pfile, 5-10, sr., Sheboygan South
Pfile, an All-Fox River Classic Conference honorable mention, led the Redwings by averaging 11.5 points per game — nearly double the amount of South’s second leading scorer. She had 11 double-digit scoring performances, eight of which came in the Redwings’ final 11 games and each of their final three. She totaled 20 or more points three times, including a season-high 23 in a 65-27 January road win over Green Bay West. Pfile also scored 22 points in a 66-51 February home win over Kiel and totaled 21 points in South’s next game, a 51-50 home win over Manitowoc Lincoln. Only three times during the season did Pfile fail to reach eight or more points.
Mackenzie Wolf, 6-4, jr., Sheboygan North
The UW-Green Bay commit was third for the Golden Raiders in averaging 6.6 points per game en route to garnering All-FRCC second team honors. She kicked off North’s memorable season with a season-high 13 points in a 52-41 December road win over Milwaukee Vincent as she finished with a trio of double-digit scoring performances. Wolf failed to score four or more points twice during the season and also put up per game averages of 6.7 rebounds, three assists, 1.3 assists and 2.2 blocks.
Madison Wolf, 6-3, jr., Sheboygan North
Wolf led Sheboygan North — which finished 24-1 overall — with 12.1 points per game and scored fewer than eight points only once. The NCAA Division I recruit and All-FRCC second team selection reached the double-digit scoring mark 17 times and scored eight or nine points six times. She set her season highs in scoring in the Golden Raiders final two games as she tallied 18 points each in the team’s regional final and sectional semifinal. Her regular-season high was a 17-point performance against Kettle Moraine Lutheran, the Associated Press’ No. 4-ranked Division 3 program and eventual state champion. She collected eight double-doubles and scored in double figures in nine of the Golden Raiders’ final 10 games. Her per-game averages included 7.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 blocks.
CJ Usadel, 5-10, sr., Sheboygan North
Usadel garnered the Golden Raiders’ only All-FRCC first team selection along with an AP All-State honorable mention as she averaged 11.2 points per game as the team’s main ball-handler while also netting per-game averages of 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and three steals. Being named an honorable mention to the WBCA Division 1 All-State team, she began the season with six double-digit scoring performances in eight games as she finished with a total of 13. Having been selected to the All-Area First Team last season, Usadel’s senior campaign was highlighted by a 22-point performance in North’s 57-43 January home win over Manitowoc Lincoln. She accumulated four 17-point games — including the February home win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran — and had a 16-point performance in a 42-37 February road win at De Pere, the FRCC’s defending champion.