Thunder girls heart-breaking loss

The West De Pere Phantoms dealt the Seymour Thunder girls basketball team a heart-breaking, 2-point loss in the WIAA Division 2 Regional Final Thursday, March 1 to end the Bay Conference Champions’ season with a 52-50 loss. The Thunder (23-2) entered ranked No. 2 in the state and a 17-game winning streak. The Phantoms were the second seed in the regional.
“We had our worst game of the season, unfortunately, in the biggest game of the season,” Coach Bobby Kuchta said. “People say the third time you play a team is difficult and I think that got into our heads, mentally.”
Seymour could only manage 12 points in the first half and Kuchta said the girls were tight and nervous. “By the half we had dug ourselves a hole,” he added. “We were 0-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half. We were just not ourselves.”
The Thunder bounced back in the second half, outscoring West De Pere 38-29, but came up short. A freethrow by Samantha Carriveau put the Phantoms up by four with 10.8 seconds remaining on the clock. After the game, Kuchta said the team was very emotional and disappointed, but said the group of seniors, despite their disappointment, had set the bar high, “they did everything they were asked to do, and then some,” Kuchta said. I’m proud of the way the seniors represented themselves and Seymour basketball.”
Hailey Oskey led the Thunder with 20, while Raven VandenLangenberg had 14. Carriveau led West De Pere with 24.
Seymour Thunder Hailey Oskey shoots for 2 against West De Pere defender on Thursday, March 1. Thunder lost the game 52-50. – Photo by Ken Hodgden