Menomonee Falls - All in a progression, the Menomonee Falls' girls basketball team's record-setting, 19-5 season will hopefully only be a table-setting for better things in the mind of coach Craig Amundson.
"This is essentially the same team we've been running out for the last three years, give or take a few people here or there," Amundson said, "and I believe we should have high expectations next year. We upgraded our non-conference schedule next year, getting into the Brookfield Central Classic and playing Milwaukee Riverside again.
"We'll still have a nice corps returning as long as everyone continues to improve and progress."
The 19 wins marks a school record for victories and the Indians had several other milestones, too, including beating Divine Savior Holy Angels twice in a season for the first time and also beating powerhouse Brookfield Central for the first time in several seasons.
The only problem the Indians could not solve this winter, was border rival Sussex Hamilton, as the Chargers won their first-ever girls basketball conference title and beat Falls twice in the process, including a wrenching overtime decision in the second go-round.
"We'd be lying if we didn't say we have them circled on our schedule next season," Amundson said.
Falls wound up tied with DSHA for second in the Greater Metro Conference behind Hamilton. Amundson also noted that the Indians were in about five so-called "games of the week" as highlighted by area media, and came out 3-2 in those contests.
Defense sets the tone
What fueled the Indians fast-paced attack was an effective one-three-one zone press, which forced a lot of turnovers and led to numerous easy baskets.
"Our on-ball defense was also very good this season, too," Amundson said. "No one ever pressed us either (because of good guards) and that allowed us to focus on other things in practice. We just had good athletes all over the court."
Two senior starters will be badly missed, Amundson said, including veteran post player Alex Poole and savvy guard Rachel Defnet. Defnet won the team's Indian Award for character and being a good teammate.
But the Indians return defensive MVP Mikayla Robertson as well as most improved player Monica Carlson.
"The coaching staff had a really good time this year," Amundson said. "There were very few times where we were upset with the kids in practice and the kids really got along well together."
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