CONESTOGA – The Conestoga boys basketball team finished the 2017-18 season 7-17. JeVon Lewis, Ben Welch, Lane Fox, Jax Madsen, Devin Wagner, Dillon Leffler, Kobe Gansemer, Alex Lamoureux, Koby Vogler, Grant Nickels, Jaydon Fisher, Jacob Curtis and Cooper Moore all appeared in varsity games this year.
Conestoga finished the season with 1,086 points and averaged 45.3 points per game. CHS scored 234 points in the first quarter of games this season. The team tallied 270 second-quarter points, 286 third-quarter points and 296 fourth-quarter points.
The Cougars made 37.4 percent of their field-goal attempts (381-of-1,020) and 60.1 percent of their free-throw attempts (158-of-263). CHS players drained 31.2 percent of their 3-point attempts (166-of-532).
Lewis led the team with 410 points. He went 145-of-355 from the field (40.8 percent) and 43-of-73 from the free-throw line. He made 36.5 percent of his 3-point shots (77-of-211).
Fox finished the year with 240 points. He went 82-of-234 from the field (35.0 percent) and 47-of-56 from the foul line (83.9 percent). Fox made 30.9 percent of his 3-point attempts (29-of-94).
Madsen was the third Cougar to finish with a triple-digit point total. He scored 109 points and went 38-of-116 from the field (32.8 percent). He finished 12-of-25 from the free-throw line and 21-of-82 from 3-point distance.
Wagner (74), Welch (65), Gansemer (59), Fisher (51), Lamoureux (33), Vogler (30), Leffler (7), Nickels (5) and Curtis (3) all added points during the campaign.
Conestoga produced 244 assists throughout the season. Fox dished out a team-best 111 assists and Madsen (48) and Lewis (40) set up dozens of field goals. Welch (13), Lamoureux (12), Gansemer (8), Vogler (5), Fisher (3), Moore (1), Nickels (1), Leffler (1) and Wagner (1) chipped in assists for the Cougars.
Conestoga collected 42 blocks this winter. Lewis led the team with 21 blocks. Wagner (8), Madsen (7), Gansemer (2), Lamoureux (2), Vogler (1) and Fisher (1) added blocks during the year.
The Cougars generated 170 steals on the court. Lewis (53), Madsen (34), Fox (33), Welch (12), Lamoureux (11), Wagner (9), Vogler (9), Gansemer (5), Fisher (3) and Leffler (1) registered steals for the team.
Conestoga athletes took 23 charges on defense. Welch drew ten charges and Madsen took nine charges. Wagner (2), Gansemer (1) and Fox (1) also made contributions in the category.
Conestoga finished the year with 550 rebounds and averaged 22.9 per game. The team hauled in 152 offensive and 398 defensive boards.
Lamoureux guided the team with 96 rebounds (25 offensive, 71 defensive). Fox finished with 83 boards (12 offensive, 71 defensive) and Lewis collected 78 rebounds (15 offensive, 63 defensive). Madsen added 75 rebounds (14 offensive, 61 defensive).
Gansemer (56), Vogler (55), Wagner (54), Welch (24), Fisher (15), Leffler (5) and Nickels (3) chipped in rebounds during the season.
Conestoga head coach Jason Ahrens said the Cougars collected many notable team and individual achievements in the 2017-18 season. Conestoga collected its first victory over Johnson County Central since the school joined the East Central Nebraska Conference. This year’s team also had the fourth-best average in assists in school history (10.2 per game).
Ahrens said Lewis has been a part of more varsity boys basketball victories in his four years than any CHS class or individual players since the Class of 1996. Lewis helped the team win 32 games during his career.
Lewis vaulted to the top of Conestoga’s all-time charts with 77 3-pointers this season. Jason Wohlers had set the previous top CHS mark of 66 treys in the 1990-91 campaign. Lewis is second in school history with 128 career 3-pointers, third on CHS charts with 410 single-season points and tenth in school history with 53 single-season steals. He holds the 13th-best career scoring total with 653 points.
Conestoga made a program-best 166 3-pointers this year. Ahrens said that total is the 63rd-best single-season mark among all classes in official Nebraska history.
Conestoga set a program-best mark with 23 charges taken during the year. That first-place amount topped the 2014-15 team’s total of 21. Welch tied Neil Bock atop the school’s single-season list with ten drawn charges. Bock took ten charges in the 2014-15 campaign.
Madsen finished third on Conestoga’s single-season list with nine drawn charges. He is second in career charges taken with 14.
Fox set a school-best single-season mark with 111 assists. He broke the previous school-best total of 104 set by Zach Schwindt in 2014-15. Fox’s single-season free-throw percentage of 83.9 is the second-best percentage in school history. Fox also became the third Conestoga freshman to ever receive All-ECNC postseason honors. He was selected for the league’s honorable mention team this year.