ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Summer is always a time for high school basketball teams to knock off rust and see what might be in store for the upcoming season.
But sometimes summer league basketball brings together rivals and when these teams meet there's a little more to even a summer league game.
Earlier this week Wrightstown and Luxemburg-Casco met in the Ashwaubenon girls summer league and Wrightstown beat the Spartans 51-40 on its way to the summer league title. While a regular season win is more important the players admit when they play their rival winning is always important.
"Our goal is to always win," L-C senior Cassie Schiltz said."Wrightstown is one of our competitors because we play them twice in conference so it brings more energy when we play them."
"When we see Casco we want to beat them because it gets our energy up for the season," Wrightstown junior Brodget Froehlke said. "We know they are our rivals, so even if it's not the regular season it feels real good to beat them. We know they have a couple real good players in Schiltz and (Jenna) Jorgensen, so it feels nice to shut them down in the game, too."
"It's always a more high intense game when we plays Casco," Wrightstown junior Ella Diny said. "We try to play intense with all teams but it's such a good matchup for us that it always gets intense."
A summer league title doesn't guarantee any success in the upcoming season but Wrightstown likes its makeup. It has to replace the program's all-time leading scorer in Kailee Van Zeeland, but there appears to be enough talent for the Tigers who finished 23-2 last season.
"We have a lot of people stepping up from the JV," said Frohelke, who averaged 13.9 points per game last season. "We have Tatum Mierow and Ashley (Hansen) or are going to be real good shooters for us, and Dayna VanEgeren, too, and they can also be very good defenders. As long as we have good help defense, because we're not the tallest, we definitely can bring ourselves back to where we were last year."
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