FENTON — When Tim Olszewski took the job as Howell’s varsity girls basketball coach, he probably never anticipated being happy just to get his first game over with. But that’s what the former coach of the Fenton boys basketball program dealt with Tuesday night.
Olszewski, who accepted the position at Howell earlier this year, had spent his past 11 years at Fenton. In the Highlanders’ season opener, he was already back in the gym he called home for more than a decade.
“I’ll say this, I’m glad this game is over,” said Olszewski, who was also glad to get his first victory with the Highlanders, 46-29, to begin his career at the helm of the girls program at 1-0. “It was emotionally taxing (and) stressful, mentally. I have nothing but the highest regards for Fenton and every single person involved in Fenton. It was difficult for me, but my team played well and they helped pull me through.”
One could argue no one played better than senior forward Erin Honkala.
Despite being in foul trouble and sitting the majority of the first half, the Northern Michigan commit posted 12 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four blocks to stuff the stat sheet for Howell. Alexis Miller added 13 points and eight steals while Paige Johnson chipped in 10 points and Leah Weslock added seven boards.
“I thought we did a very good job defensively,” Olszewski said. “We did a good job getting down the floor. I thought we did that very well, and we talked really well on the floor. I guess the one thing we gotta shore up a little bit is when teams are putting pressure on is, relaxing. We did a decent job, but need to be much better.”
Of course, all that should improve as the season progresses.
Right now, the Highlanders are 1-0 and that’s the most important thing to them.
They’ll look to make it 2-0 on Tuesday when they travel to Haslett.
Fowlerville 52, Corunna 49
CORUNNA — Lexa Elzerman opened the season in impressive fashion, posting 21 points and nine rebounds in the Glads victory. Jackie Jarvis added 14 points while Meghan Douglass contributed a near double-double of nine points and nine boards.
Jarvis’ three with 10 seconds left was the key bucket that put Fowlerville ahead and led to the victory.
The Glads return to action Friday hosting Lansing Everett.