The competitive 10th Region was down to just four unbeaten girls’ basketball teams coming into the week. Bishop Brossart is one, with a cast of seniors including Emily Schultz, a premier post player with a wide variety of skills.
“She’s someone we like to run our offense through,” Mustangs coach Josh Feldmann said of his versatile stalwart. “We want to make sure Emily get lots of touches, because we like the ball in her hands.”
The Mustangs enter Tuesday’s home contest against Beechwood with a 2-0 record. Schultz, a third-year starter, leads them with 16 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, including a season-high 24 points last week against Bourbon County.
Schultz earned first-team all-region, all-10th Region All “A” Classic Tournament and all-Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II honors last season, but the co-captain prefers to keep the attention on the program and her teammates.
“We have so much potential with these five seniors,” she said. “We have pretty good guards, so we can do a lot of high-low, inside-outside stuff. We’re a team with goals.”
Schultz poured in a career-high 35 points last season during a monster triple-double that included 15 rebounds and 10 blocks against Conner. She led the Mustangs with averages of 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game. Schultz, nearing 800 career points, is on pace to join Bishop Brossart’s 1,000-point club.
“She’s a rare post player that can play out on the floor and with her back to the basket, with the ability to score,” Feldmann said. “She can shoot from the outside. She can attack the rim and finish around the basket. We use her on our press breaks. She has the skills of a guard in a post player’s body.”
Schultz, a year-round AAU club player, is a mismatch waiting to happen who puts coaches in the unenviable position of trying to stop her. Against bigger defenders, she usually wins the quickness battle and gets around them for easy buckets. Against quicker defenders, she plays big, wins contested balls and finds her way to the basket.
If the shots aren’t falling, Schultz is adept at finding players who can score, which is convenient for the Mustangs. Bishop Brossart had six players who scored at least six points in the opener against Calvary Christian, led by Abby King’s eight. Jessica King, Macy Griffin, Megan Seiter and Sydney Shannon all chipped in six points.
“Emily has a very high basketball IQ,” said Feldmann. “She knows not only where she needs to be, but where her teammates need to be. She understands the game, and it makes her more effective.”
Schultz possesses myriad skills, but she’s driven by one thing – winning championships. Her primary goals include helping the team regain its 10th Region All “A” Classic, 37th District and 10th Region Tournament crowns.
“Nobody is expecting us to do anything big, but we would like to shock some people,” Schultz said. “And I’m going to give it all I got.”