2017-12-07 / Sports

Fleis, Lady Eagles stymie Buckley

The offense wasn’t as prolific as it was in the 75-18 season debut, but the defense was just as dominant.

Lindsey Fleis led the St. Mary girls basketball team with eight points on Monday as the Lady Eagles moved to 2-0 with a 35-18 win at Buckley.

“Anytime we play Northwest Conference competition, it’s a good benchmark for where we’re at,” St. Mary coach Pete Finch said. “The defense picked up where we left off, which is good to see. Our shooting percentage wasn’t as good as it was against Alba, but I liked our aggressiveness.

We played aggressively on offense like we do on defense.”

Fleis, who corralled six offensive rebounds at Alba, pulled down “as many or more” against the Bears, Finch said. Most of her points were scored on second-chance opportunities.

“It was nice to see her do that,” Finch said. “She got rewarded for her hard work around the basket and her willingness to call for the ball.”

The Lady Eagles, who led 17-7 at halftime, also had a big game from Nicole Wittman, Finch said.

“She came off the bench and instantly had a positive impact on the game in terms of coming out of the scrum with offensive rebounds,” Finch said. “We’d like for her not to foul out, but we like her aggressiveness. She’s clearly a team leader, and she had a nice block that turned into a transition basket the other way.”

St. Mary was slated to take on North Bay in Northport after press time last night. The Eagles will then play three straight home games against the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association, Hale and Bear Lake.

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