By Jason Wesseldyk
KALAMAZOO—There are times when a team plays poorly and still wins. Other times a team can play well and still lose.
The latter was the case for the Saugatuck girls’ basketball team in its SAC showdown with Kalamazoo Christian on Friday, Jan. 26.
“I honestly felt tonight was one of our best overall games of the season,” Saugatuck coach Kevin Tringali said following his team’s 50-41 loss to the Comets.
Maddie Moore paced Saugatuck in the losing cause with 19 points, followed by 13 from Erin Stannis.
“It was a back-and-forth battle all night long before Kalamazoo Christian eventually pulled away,” Tringali said.
Tringali was particularly pleased with the growth shown by the freshmen duo of Emma Walker and Karissa Moerler.
“Those two are improving every night,” he said. “I feel our entire team is playing with great effort from start to finish.
“If we can do a better job of valuing the basketball a little more, we’re eventually going to come out on top against some of the upper-echelon teams. We are definitely getting there.”
The loss was the second in a row for the Indians following a four-game winning streak. Saugatuck dropped a 59-30 decision to Schoolcraft—ranked fifth in Class C and unbeaten at 12-0—on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Moore scored 13 points in the loss.
“Our kids knew what they were up against but never shied away from the opportunity to play a state-ranked team,” Tringali said “I can’t argue with our effort, but to Schoolcraft’s credit they did a great job turning us over, resulting in points the other way.”
FENNVILLE GIRLS FALL TO COLOMA
COLOMA—Host Coloma pinned a 50-27 loss on the Fennville girls’ basketball team on Friday, Jan. 26.
Josie Galiger led the Blackhawks with 12 points. Christal Castillo chipped in with eight points.