The Lady Skippers basketball team let it rain against the Kirtland Firebirds, 67-52, on Feb. 6. The floor was dry in the first five minutes, however, with the score resting at 7-3.
Toward the middle of the first half, the Lady Skippers picked up the slack with points from turnovers and the bench. The score at halftime had the Skippers leading by a comfortable 18 point margin, 38-20.
What might not have been comfortable was the number of fouls committed by the half. The Lady Skippers racked up 10 fouls in the first half as well as the second.
With that great power came great responsibility, especially from freshman forward Jackie Highstreet of Algonac. Highstreet came off the bench and dropped 13 points and snagged six rebounds.
“At times it was rough out there, but I had to stay focused,” Highstreet said. “We had a goal to get to 40 points and we almost made it. Coach was proud of our hard work on the court.”
The starters also made noise with sophomore guard Chanahl Putnam, Almont, and sophomore guard/forward Megan Johnson, St. Clair, leading the way. Putnam had 13 points and Johnson had seven points along with four boards.
“We focused on defensive strategies to build up our offense a little bit,” said Johnson. “A win is a win but it was a rough game. There were defensive goals we didn’t meet but we can pick it up.”
Picking it up is what the Lady Skippers have been doing towards the final stretch of the 2009-2010 season. Coach Lohr and company have their sights on a conference title as the women improved to a 12-2 Michigan Community College Athletics Association Eastern Conference record.
They now trail number one ranked Schoolcraft by only one game in the conference and have only two games left.
Support is what the Lady Skippers need to build momentum heading into the Eastern Conference tournament, so support your women’s basketball team this weekend.