Shay Speaks: Loss at state still in Frederick's head

Hortonville guard Shay Frederick confident team can erase memory of last year's loss at state.

KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- The last time Shay Frederick was wearing her Hortonville jersey she was walking off the Resch Center court after falling to Cudahy in a Division 2 state girls basketball semifinal.

The point guard struggled in her biggest high school game of her career, although she never stopped competing.

Now months removed from that game Frederick still hasn't forgotten that loss.

"It's definitely not washed away," Frederick said. "It's in the back of my mind, it's a motivator to keep working hard, to keep working in the gym. I've been bringing people with me to the gym.

"We can get the gold ball (next season). We were so close. I have no doubt we can get back there this year and that starts with the summer."

Frederick, who averaged 16.7 points per game last season, has been busy this summer between playing for her high school team in summer leagues and also in AAU. Committed to Valparaiso, Frederick said this summer is different, knowing recruiters aren't watching her every move, wondering if she is worth a scholarship offer.

"It's definitely a lot more laid back," Frederick said. "Where am I going to school? It's definitely good to get that off my back."

One bit of news that impacted Frederick's college career this spring was Valparaiso's announcement it is leaving the Horizon League, in which Green Bay and Milwaukee compete in, for the American Athletic Conference, starting this coming school year. Frederick plays AAU with Appleton North's Sydney Levy (Milwaukee recruit), Seymour's Hailey Oskey (Green Bay) and Luxemburg-Casco's Cassie Schiltz (Green Bay).

She was hoping to play against her friends in college.

"I was a little disappointed," Frederick said. "Some of my friends on my AAU team will be playing in the Horizon League. I was looking forward to playing them, being able to see them."

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