Sam Schuh put together a fine senior season for the West Allis Hale girls basketball team, and in so doing, achieved some major goals.
The veteran guard helped the Huskies win 10 games for the first time since the 2002-03 season and post the most victories in the Greater Metro Conference (four) since 2005-06.
'We had a good season,' Schuh said. 'We accomplished a lot of what we wanted to do. Getting 10 wins has not been done for a long time. I was happy to help the team reach its goals.'
Schuh played a direct role because the Huskies reached 10 victories with a triumph over Menomonee Falls in which she tallied 36 points and hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer.
'We had set the goal of 10 wins,' she said, 'and I wanted that so badly, I would do anything to help the team win. I was feeling it that night.'
Hit 1,000 points
Schuh also attained her longtime personal goal of scoring 1,000 points in her career, topping that mark late in the season and finishing with 1,047 points.
'My main individual goal was to score 1,000 points,' she said. 'That was actually one of my goals from the start of high school.'
She averaged 16.3 points, four rebounds, two steals and 1.7 assists this season.
In recognition of all she did to help the Huskies continue their progress, Schuh is part of the 2015-16 Now Newspapers All-Suburban Team.
That was just the latest in a series of accolades for Schuh, who was also named the Huskies' Offensive Player of the Year, a team captain and a GMC Scholar-Athlete.
One honor that did elude her was first-team all-conference, as the coaches placed her on the second team.
'Sam had an amazing year and frankly was snubbed for first team,' Sotiros said. 'Two teams voted her low after everyone else had her first team. She was fourth in the GMC in scoring and was an absolute model of consistency.'
Schuh is a versatile player with a number of different weapons.
'I can drive to the hoop and hit from outside (with 34 3-point field goals),' she said, 'so I have both an inside and outside game.'
On to Wesleyan
She will take that game to Dakota Wesleyan, an NAIA Division 2 college located in Mitchell, South Dakota.
'I made the choice partially because of academics,' she said. 'I wanted to major in athletic training, and there were not that many schools that would allow me to do that and play basketball, too. Dakota Wesleyan would do that.'
Schuh leaves behind a strong legacy at Hale because the milestones she helped the Huskies achieve will serve to kickstart the team's continued improvement, Sotiros said.
'We are set up very well with our future,' the coach said. 'Our freshman team went 18-4, and with a good group of sophomores from junior varsity coming, we are in good position to continue our push back to being very good.'