2016-12-22 / Sports

Eagles bounce back, beat Leland at home

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


ST. MARY players Lexi Schaub (20) and Hanna Grant come together during the player introductions leading up to Tuesday’s home game against Leland. ST. MARY players Lexi Schaub (20) and Hanna Grant come together during the player introductions leading up to Tuesday’s home game against Leland. Emily Holmes and her St. Mary teammates entered Tuesday’s home game against Leland expecting to see a scrappy brand of zone defense — and that’s exactly what they saw.

“Yesterday at practice, that’s all we worked on,” Holmes said afterward. “Our offense kind of fell apart a little in the Northport game (last Thursday), so we brought in some middle school boys. We played five-on-six and we worked the ball, worked the ball and worked the ball. It was really helpful.”

A little help from the middle school boys went a long way as the Lady Eagles closed out the 2016 portion of their season with a 36-29 victory.

The Eagles (3-1, 0-1 Cherryland) stayed patient against the zone, waiting for open looks and knocking down open jumpers at key moments.

“We know these girls have a high basketball IQ,” St. Mary coach Pete Finch said. “Today we saw it applied. It’s just fun to watch them play.”

Alyssa Davis was lone St. Mary player to reach double figures, scoring 10. Haley Tarsa added seven points.

Olivia Fellows, Mollie Grishaw, and Kira Metcalf led Leland (0-3, 0-1 Northwest) with six points apiece.

Both teams are off until January.

“It feels good to go into Christmas break with a W,” Finch said.

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