2016-12-08 / Sports

Lady Eagles beat Buckley in debut

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

Pete Finch wanted balanced scoring, and that’s exactly what he got.

Eight of nine St. Mary girls scored on Monday as the Lady Eagles opened the 2016-17 campaign with a hardearned 43-25 win at Buckley.

“The girls shared the ball very well and were looking to score,” Finch said.

Hanna Grant led the way offensively with nine points. Nicole Wittman added eight, Alyssa Davis had seven and Lexi Schaub chipped in with five.

The team took a commanding 26-11 lead into the locker room after lighting up the scoreboard with 17 second-quarter points.

Finch also lauded the defensive efforts of his Lady Eagles, who limited Buckley to just three points in the opening stanza.

“Defense is 90 percent hard work — and the girls played outstanding defense,” Finch said. “Anytime you can hold somebody to 25 points, I’m pretty happy with that.”

Finch said turnovers were an area of concern, however, particularly in the second half. He chalked some of that up to Buckley’s physical brand of basketball, which came as no surprise.

St. Mary beat Buckley early in the 2015-16 campaign, winning 42-26, and knew what to expect coming in.

“I’m proud of the way the girls played through the physicality,” Finch said. “We were able to do what we needed to do and be physical doing it.”

The Lady Eagles were slated to host Suttons Bay (1-1) in a district semifinal rematch last night, game one of a five-game homestand.

St. Mary will then host the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association (TCBAA) on Monday, Northport (1-1) next Thursday, Leland (0-1) on Dec. 20 and TCBAA again on Jan. 5.

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