EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- In prep basketball, you normally see one or two players take a team to the next level. The Regis girls basketball team has great depth throughout their roster but are led by three key players: two seniors, Teryn Karlstad and Amber Darge, and one junior, Kate Seyer. The trio is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.
“There’s no selfishness,” words you love to say as a head coach, and when they’re true, a team can flourish.
Those are the words of Patrick Boughton, the head coach at Regis, and his Ramblers are emulating them; Teryn Karlstad, Amber Darge and Kate Seyer average around 15 points a night making it tough for opponents to contain their potent offense.
“I would definitely say sharing the ball,” Seyer said as a key to their offensive success. “We have Teryn, who’s really good inside, and then we have good perimeter players as well, so it’s just a combination of everything working together.”
“I think it makes us very versatile,” Darge said. “You never know who will be the leading scorer that game. It could be anyone and we can work together and shoot inside and outside.”
“I think it’s good knowing that we have a variety of players that can score, and if one of us is having a bad night, the other players can pick us up,” Karlstad said.
On any given night, it could be any of the three who could go off for 25-plus, making them a threat to go farther in the playoffs than the Ramblers did last season.
“We still have a bad taste in our mouths from last year when we lost at home to Colfax,” Boughton said of their regional-round exit from the 2017 WIAA playoffs. “The girls really came in this year and really wanted to push themselves, challenge themselves.”
A tough non-conference schedule can gear a team up for success in conference play. That’s what the Regis girls basketball team does year in and year out. That high level of competition has the Ramblers at the top of the Cloverbelt with three conference games to play.
“We’ve been playing some tough teams for our non-conference schedule,” Darge said. “It helps us prepare a lot, especially for the physicality of the game and defensively.”
“I think it gives us a little bit of confidence, the ability to play with those top teams and really give us that extra challenge along the way that allows us to be able to compete for a conference championship,” Boughton said.
On top of their recent success, tradition follows suit, and the team is reminded of it every day. Signs with former players and their accomplishments hang in above the girls’ lockers; the posters help the team strive for victory each and every game.
“When you look downstairs, you’re reminded that there’s always someone better than you that you can push yourselves to try and emulate,” Boughton said.
But the last sign they see before they go out and compete is what helps them play without selfishness: “If you are not prepared to put the team first, turn around.”