It’s almost finals week in the classrooms after a semester of knowledge, but on the girls basketball court we are beginning to learn what this season holds.
First, let’s take it slow. Armada is off to a sound 2-0 start after a 39-34 win over Brown City and its most recent 34-22 win over Yale on Thursday night. Those scores do seem relatively low. Why is that?
It’s not because the Tigers are shooting poorly, it’s actually quite the opposite. Mark Carlson’s team isn’t afraid to chew as much time out of the clock as possible before taking a perfect shot. The team never settles for a shot and will take 40-50 seconds in some cases to fire their first shot attempt of a possession.
On the flip side, yes, the Tigers do make life difficult for the opposing offense. The Tigers boast a good deal of height and will rarely allow an easy look within eight feet of the hoop. Not only do the Tigers pester teams on defense, but they hold the ball for so long on defense that Yale was only able to get 14 shots off in the first half.
Head east on I-69, and there’s a complete different game being played at Port Huron Northern, where the Huskies have used hustle and bustle to jump to a 3-0 start.
Anyone who attends a game should loosen up the neck muscles as the ball travels up and down the court seemingly every second of the game. The Huskies prefer pressuring their opponents and running fast breaks instead of setting up a half-court offense — it’s really 32 minutes of mayhem.
Huskies senior Becca Richards already is proving she can do damage on the court, averaging 15 points per game. She’s dangerous behind the arc, and Port Huron found that out the hard way when the Big Reds saw her go 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
Heading back to BWAC talk, Capac delivered the first notable upset of the season as the 1-1 Chiefs downed Croswell-Lexington on Thursday night. Alex Hull led the team with 12 points, and Megan Jamison added nine of her own in the 43-38 win.
While it’s a step back on the season, 2-1 Cros-Lex still has a bright season ahead of it. Megan Guitar is off to a hot start, averaging 16 points per game to give the Pioneers a prime scoring option.
Memphis basketball also earned good feelings after a 41-31 win over Landmark Academy on Friday — the Yellowjackets’ first win since the 2011-12.
Last, but certainly not least, Marine City is already two third of the way to last season’s win total with its 4-0 start to the season.
The young Mariners have not just won, but have made some noise by winning with double-digit margins against Cardinal Mooney, Algonac and Yale. Not only does it give the hope of a solid season, but the future also is looking promising, as the Mariners have four sophomores and a freshman on their varsity roster.