By Matt Browning
In her two years as the starting point guard on the McPherson girls basketball team, senior Lakyn Schieferecke has an eye-popping record of 44-4.
Even with the loss of key seniors on the Bullpups team, Schieferecke’s presence leadership will be significant in McPherson attempting to get back to the 5A Tournament in March.
However, Schieferecke is currently rehabbing an ACL injury and there is doubt as to whether she will be able to play any games before Christmas. But that does not mean she is not working as hard as she can to give it a shot.
“Right now I am waiting to get fitted for a brace,” Schieferecke said. “I then go back to the doctor on December 10th and I hope to get cleared then. I have been working on what I can do both mentally and physically.”
Even with her injury, Schiefereke’s reputation preceded her. As of press time, she had verbally committed to play basketball at Washburn and was expected to sign sometime during the early signing period.
An attribute that undoubtedly caught the eye of college coaches was her unwavering leadership skills, which are the type skills that make her such an impactful point guard.
“It means a lot that he (McPherson coach Chris Stratham) speaks so highly of me as a leader. I am appreciative of that,” Schieferecke said. “I hope I can inspire current and future players in the program.”
As a sophomore, Schieferecke averaged five points and two rebounds and assists per game, while shooting 37 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free-throw line.
Then as a junior, Schieferecke bumped her scoring to 9.5 points and three rebounds and assists per game. Her added scoring responsibility lowered her percentages to 35 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the foul line, but do not let those numbers fool you.
“Lakyn’s worth way more than her numbers will show,” Strathman said. “And she could not care less.”