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Defending home

Jesse Schienke

Staff Writer

In order to have success at any level of basketball, a team must defend its home floor. On the road, anything can happen, including things often out of that team’s control.

At home, there are no excuses. A team must defend its home floor.

And that’s exactly what the Lady Skippers did Saturday, routing Mott CC, 68-44.

“I think this was the best overall game we’ve played all year,” said interim head coach Mike Groulx.

The Skippers, who wore pink uniforms to support breast cancer awareness instead of their traditional white, jumped out to an early 10 point lead five minutes into the game and never relinquished it.

“The key to this win was our execution,” said Groulx. “We had been working hard in practice and everything seemed to be clicking today. I think we’re peaking at the right time as a team.”

Teisha Knott paced the Skippers with 15 points and Heidi Highstreet added 14. Groulx noted strong play inside from Jade Gaines.

In addition to a great win, the Lady Skippers also enjoyed a game attendance that was higher than usual.

“Everybody comes out when they hear about Mott,” said Josh Moffitt, a SC4 sophomore from Brown City, MI. “If you’re going to come to one game, this is the one to be at.”

The win moved the Skippers to an 8-7 conference record (15-13 overall), which puts them in fifth place heading into the final three games of the season, as well as the playoffs.

“If we can continue to improve, I like our chances in the post season,” said Groulx.

The Lady Skippers next home game will be Feb. 29, at 5:30 vs. Henry Ford.