Van Zeeland sets record; Wrightstown clinches conference title
WRIGHTSTOWN (WLUK) -- It was quite a night for the Wrightstown girls basketball team Thursday night.
Kailee Van Zeeland became the program's all-time leading scorer and by beating Freedom, 58-38, the Tigers wrapped up their second straight North Eastern Conference title.
For Van Zeeland, it was a memorable night as an early three-pointer gave her 1,145 career points, jumping ahead of former teammate Danielle Nennig, who set the record last season.
"It's a pretty cool accomplishment," said Van Zeeland, who scored 19 points and has 1,159 points for her career. "I'm really proud of it but I also have to owe it to my teammates, they are the ones that got me and definitely the coaches and the teams I've been on.
"I really didn't think ahead of it. I thought about it maybe just this year when it started to be a thing but otherwise it's just been out of my head and I'm just going out there and playing."
"Kailee's the ultimate team player who never really thinks about how many points she's scoring," Wrightstown coach Mike Froehlke said.
As for the clinching the conference title, Wrightstown (19-1, 16-0), ranked No. 1 in the FOX 11 Top 11, outscored the No. 11 Irish (14-6, 12-4), 24-11, in the second half en route to the win.
Freedom was playing without star freshman Callie Genke, who is out with a sprained MCL in her left knee (she's expected to return for the postseason, if not sooner), but Wrightstown knew Freedom wouldn't back down.
"They're just competitive, they just want to win," Froehlke said of his team. "We held a really good team to 38 points. I told them how proud I was of our defensive effort in the second half."
And as for winning a conference title, it feels good, just like last season
"It feels good, they all feel good," Van Zeeland said. "Playoffs are going to start in a little bit, we still have two conference games left so we have to get those in and see where it goes from here."
"It feels great to win back-to-back conference championships," Froehlke said. "We hadn't won one in Wrightstown in 30 years before last year."
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