by Beau Wicker Sports Editor
---- — Winamac senior Stephanie Shorter capped off her standout basketball career by winning a sectional championship with the Warriors this season.
“It was a great season and a great way to go out,” she said.
The Warriors went 14-7, which included winning six games in a row and 10 of 11 before a loss to Westview in regional play.
“I like how we all came together as a team and made it a really memorable season,” Shorter said.
Shorter, a 5-foot-9 forward, averaged 20.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Warriors this season. She shot 61 percent from the field.
She finished with 1,148 points for her career, good enough for fourth all-time in program history. She did so despite missing seven games last season with a broken hand and missing two games this season due to inclement winter weather.
In Shorter’s four-year career the Warriors went 13-10, 18-6, 16-6 and 14-7. They also won a sectional title two years ago.
Shorter’s main running mate this season was senior point guard Bethany Brogdon, who set the school single-season assists record with 141. She averaged 9.5 points and 6.7 assists per contest.
“She was definitely a huge key in my success,” Shorter said of Brogdon. “We’ve been playing together forever and we can read each other well and we know each other so well. Without those passes and her looking for me I wouldn’t have had all those points.”
The Warriors defeated Delphi 56-37 and North Judson 57-47 to win their sectional title. They were defeated by Westview 62-48 in regional play.
“We thought we had a chance and I think we did. We played with everything we had and we played together really well,” Shorter said. “In the end they hit all their shots and we couldn’t match it.
“They hit everything. If you’re there and they’re making them, there’s not anything you can do.”
Shorter was the first-ever signee for the IUK women’s program, which will begin play next season under coach Whitney Farris.
“I’m really excited and it’s a great opportunity to be on their first team ever,” Shorter said. “I’m looking forward to playing with all those girls and we want to set a standard for the program.”
The Winamac standout added she will work on her guard skills this offseason in anticipation for college basketball. She’s a good midrange shooter and hopes to add the 3-point ball to her repertoire at the next level.
Shorter is running track this spring. She tied the school record in the high jump last year at 5-3 and hopes to break the record this year.
The following is a question-and-answer session with Shorter.
Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?
A. Basketball is my favorite because you get to meet new people that also enjoy the game.
Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?
A. I started playing Y dribblers in elementary. I then played on various AAU teams from fourth grade on.
Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?
A. Yes, my dad played football, basketball and track. My mom played volleyball.
Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?
A. I would have to say I have always struggled with softball.
Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?
A. I think that I have gotten stronger and gained more confidence.
Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?
A. My biggest role models are my parents because they taught me to always work hard.
Q. What experiences have you had in sports have made you the athlete you are today?
A. I have played basketball with many different athletes and coaches experiencing so many different aspects of the game.
Q. What is something that not everyone knows about you?
A. I like to sew and I can’t cook.
Q. What is your favorite memory of playing sports at your school?
A. I have great memories with all the teammates I have played with. Right now it would be our sectional win this year. It was a great way to end my career.
Q. What’s your favorite music, movie, TV show, etc.?
A. I like all country music. My favorite movie is The Proposal. TV show is Grey’s Anatomy. Sports team is Notre Dame.
Q. Who is the best athlete in your respective sport you’ve ever gone up against?
A. Ashley Campbell in AAU.
Q. What are your goals for your future? Do you plan on attending college?
A. I plan on attending Indiana University Kokomo and majoring in medical imaging with a minor in Spanish.
Each week during the school year the Pharos-Tribune recognizes an athlete from one of five area high schools. The recipients are selected by each school’s athletic department.