Seven players score for Indians win over Watervliet
By Jason Wesseldyk
The Saugatuck girls’ basketball team entered its SAC Lakeshore contest against Watervliet on Friday, Feb. 15, having won its previous three games, matching its longest winning streak of the season.
So a victory over the Panthers would not only give the Indians their most consecutive wins, but it would also move them above the .500 mark for the first time all season.
Saugatuck started fast and never looked back, building a 10-3 lead in the opening quarter en route to the 52-39 triumph.
The 23-point margin of victory was actually the second smallest during the Indians’ four-game winning streak, with a smallest being a 22-point win over Coloma. Saugatuck has won by an average of 29 points during that span.
Not surprisingly, Saugatuck coach Kevin Trinagli had nothing but praise for his team, particularly when it came to the unselfish style of play the Indians have been showing.
“We’re really starting to come together as of late and sharing the basketball,” he said. “This team is capable of having a different leading scorer each night.”
On this night, sophomore point guard Karissa Moerler did the honors in terms of leading the team in scoring, going for a game-best 18 points.
A total of seven Saugatuck players found their way into the scoring column.
“I really like the balance we have right now,” Tringali said.
Saugatuck’s strong start was a precursor of what was to come for the remainder of the game as the Indians outscored Watervliet by at least four points in each quarter. That included a 15-9 edge in the second stanza that gave Saugatuck the 25-12 edge as the teams headed to the locker room for halftime.
The Indians upped that lead to 36-19 after three quarters before closing out the game with a 16-10 edge in the final frame.
The Indians saw their winning streak snapped three days later when they suffered a 64-45 loss to Delton on Monday, Feb. 18.
Saugatuck trailed just 29-26 at halftime before fading in the second half.
“We need to do a better job in trusting our perimeter game,” Tringali said. “We have some great shooters on our team, but for some reason we passed off way too often.
“But that was a very good team we played tonight, I can assure you we will learn from it and bounce back.”
In the loss, senior Maddie Moore surpassed the 1,000-point mark in career scoring.
“Maddie has had a terrific career here,” Tringali said. “She has been a very big part of our program and we appreciate everything she has done for Saugatuck women’s basketball.”