By Sean Budlong
Schoolcraft’s girls’ basketball team is having a very successful campaign. This group of 10 skilled young women have led the Eagles to a 11-2 record heading into February. Schoolcraft has only played three close games; beating Kalamazoo Hackett in overtime, and losing to Galesburg Augusta and Comstock (by a combined 10 points).
The Lady Eagles are led by a strong group of seniors. Madison Saxman, Amber Overley, Sophie Woodhams, Morgan Warnaar, and Wynn Stitt have given Head Coach Doug Flynn the ability to adjust his lineup to create beneficial matchups. For example, Overley may be used to play post up defense, or hit a key three-point basket.
The Constantine game was a perfect example of defensive pressure blowing open the game. Six first-half steals by Leighton set up easy baskets by Gabi Saxman (10 first half points), Goble (8 points), and Madison Saxman (8 points). The defensive intensity only increased in the second half as the Eagles held the Falcons to only five points while Stitt scored six.
With seven players back from a team that played for a Regional Championship, the Eagles are poised for another deep run in the playoffs.