Local basketball teams headed into home stretch

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

For the Call

High school varsity basketball teams start the season fresh and the same is true for the end of the year, as each squad gets a fresh start in the postseason.

This is even more evident in playoff seeding, where teams are seeded based on their conference record, not their overall record. Any team that can put away its conference foes will earn a top spot in the playoff bracket, which leaves plenty of room for upsets and heroes to emerge.

Here is a look at how local high schools are doing this season with just a few games left in the regular season.

Boys

Lindbergh High School — The Flyers are 12-9 overall with a conference record of 4-0, which will no doubt earn them a top playoff seed, currently third place

They are sixth in the conference in points scored with 1,037. Contributing to that total are the team’s point leaders — Joe Killian (215), Blake Welch (204), Mik Ebert (203), Dan Watkins (116) and Cameron McGuire (114).

Ebert is ranked 32nd among area leaders in free-throw percentage at 80.6, sinking 29 of 36, and Welch is ranked 45th in the three-point category with 33.

On the flipside, the Flyers are ranked second in the conference for fewest points allowed with 1,020. Contributing to that are rebound leaders Ebert (83) and Watkins (82).

Lindbergh’s longest winning streak is the same as its losing streak at 3 games.

Oakville Senior High School — The Tigers boast a record of 6-14 with a conference record of 2-3, which will put them just under the middle of the pack in their playoff seed, so they should face a somewhat equal opponent, currently fourth place.

Offensively, the Tigers are eighth in the conference in points scored (988). Austin Gillmann and Ervin Sarajlic lead the team, each with 234 points, followed by Austin Cibulka (102) and Tommy Breunig (98).

In addition, Breunig is ranked 19th in free-throw percentage at 82.5, hitting 33 of 40.

Defensively, Oakville is fifth in the conference in points allowed with 1,147). Rebound leaders contributing to the total are Gillmann with 155 while Breunig and Sarajlic are tied with 48 each.

The Tigers’ longest winning streak is four and their longest losing streak is six.

Mehlville Senior High School — The Panthers are 5-15 overall with a conference record of 1-4, which will give them a disadvantage heading into the playoffs, currently seventh place.

Offensively, they are sixth in points scored with 1,011. The Panthers leading scorers include: Adis Mujakic (225), Brendan Merz (217), Cameron Stoner (118), Aaron Onkle (101) and Demarcus Travis (97).

Merz is also ranked 31st among area leaders in three-point shots, dropping 44.

On the other side of the court, the Panthers are ranked seventh in points allowed with 1161 against. Rebound leaders are Mujakic (155) and Onkle (83).

The Panthers’ longest winning streak is three and their longest losing streak is six.

Girls

Lindbergh High School — The Flyers are currently ranked fifth with an overall record of 9-11 and a conference record of 2-2. This will put them in the middle of the pack with an equal opponent in the first round of the playoffs.

Offensively, Lindbergh is ranked seventh with 765 points scored. The team’s leading scorers are Lindsey Bozdeck (138), Alison Ries (127), Katherine Bergmann (113), Angela Black (110) and Frannie Shillato (75).

Defensively, the Flyers rank fourth with 845 points against. Team rebound leaders include Shillato (141) and Bozdeck (120).

Lindbergh’s longest winning streak is two games and its longest losing streak is three.

Mehlville High School — The Panthers currently are ranked seventh with a 1-4 conference record and are 7-14 overall. They will be at a disadvantage in the playoffs, facing a top team in the first round.

Mehlville ranks sixth in points scored with 853. The team’s leading scorers include Sierra Gray (220), Emily Fox (137), Mandy Fox (112), Allison Johnson (100) and Maddie Gollihur (83).

The Panthers are also sixth in points allowed with 966 against. Team rebound leaders are Mandy Fox (80) and Elle Anderson (64).

The team’s longest winning streak is two games and its longest losing streak is five.

Oakville High School — The Tigers currently are ranked in ninth place (last) with a 6-14 overall record and a 0-5 conference record, which gives them a disadvantage, as they will face a top team in the first round.

Offensively, Oakville is ranked eighth in the conference with 689 scored. Team scoring leaders are: Alyssa Norberg (164), Sidney Thompson (100), Alex Perry (91), Lauren Fussell (75) and Taylor Ventimiglia (68).

Defensively, the Tigers are ranked in the upper half of the conference allowing 810 points against. Contributing to that total are rebound leaders Norberg (113) and Thompson (82).

The team’s longest winning streak is two games and its longest losing streak is six.