By Sam Scinta
Last season, a pair of seniors led the way for the O’Fallon Township High School Lady Panther Basketball team as the program marched towards one of the best seasons in school history.
Sydney Thurwalker and Jayla Stubblefield played well enough for All-Southwestern Conference recognition, but for the early portion of the year, Ashley Schloer was playing on an entirely different level.
The incoming senior spent the early portion of her junior year averaging nearly 15 points per game while providing a lethal 3-point presence behind the arc. Despite her scoring taking a step back in the second half of the season, Schloer still provided a dangerous scoring option at the guard position for Head Coach Nick Knolhoff and his staff.
A two-sport star, Schloer impressed on the hardwood as well as the diamond, as she was one of the top contributors for the Lady Panther Softball program during another winning season for the Blue and Gold.
Schloer will be one of the most sought-after softball recruits in the St. Louis Metro East in 2019, with tremendous contact ability at the plate supplemented with steady defense.
But before she breaks out the bats and the mitts in 2019, Schloer will look to try and follow up her tremendous 2018-19 season with one final push for the SWC crown with Lady Panther Basketball.
She certainly set the bar high for success in her senior season, with impressive career-best performances her junior year, like a 27-point outburst in a 70-41 win over Collinsville and 19 points, four assists, and three steals in a 60-59 road win over Belleville East, both key victories for the Lady Panthers as the Blue and Gold marched towards a 2nd place finish in the Southwestern Conference.
Schloer was named MaxPreps player of the game three times during her junior season, on November 22nd, 30th, and December 7th.
This coming season, Schloer will need to shoulder much of the scoring load for the Lady Panthers, as Thurwalker graduated in May as the team’s leading scorer in 2017-18. Schloer’s lethal ability to shoot from deep should serve as an important tool for O’Fallon as they compete in what should be another deep Southwestern Conference.
2017-18 will be tough to top for the Lady Panthers, but Ashley Schloer and her teammates will look to her elite shooting to lead the way as O’Fallon looks to start their prowl towards competing for a SWC Championship.