Saugatuck’s Madelyn Moore (23) feels the defensive pressure during the game with Martin. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Martin continues winning ways with victory over Saugatuck

By: 
Leo Martonosi

It’s the time of the year for giving.
And the Martin girls’ basketball team has been giving its fans plenty to cheer about in the early stages of the season.
With their 48-35 triumph over host Saugatuck on Friday, Dec. 14, the Clippers picked up their third season in three tries this season.
The Martin boys’ team also won its game with the Indians following the girls’ game, improving to 8-0.
“Both of our teams are still undefeated,” said Martin girls coach Doug MacVean, who is in his 10th season with the Clippers. “That hasn’t happened in a while.”
Saugatuck, meanwhile, fell to 0-4.
All four of the Indians’ losses have come to quality teams.
“I said from the very beginning that our first four games would be tough, all against state-ranked teams,” said Saugatuck coach Kevin Tringali.
Martin entered the season with some lofty goals and high expectations.
“We’ve talked since we lost in the regional finals last year about making a run for the state championship,” MacVean said. “We have a quality team and know we can.”
Saugatuck is deep in the frontcourt with five girls standing at least six-feet tall.
“Our back court is very young, but is getting better every game,” Tringali said.
Saugatuck played right with Martin for most of the first half.
“We were right there, tied after one quarter (8-8) and only down by five points (18-13) at the half,” Tringali said.
The Clippers outscored Saugatuck 22-14 in the second half.
Martin’s depth has been a key in the early going.
“I have 11 players who are all capable of scoring,” MacVean said.
None of the players are seniors.
“That’s pretty unusual,” MacVean said of his team’s youth.
Saugatuck has six seniors.
The Indians had a hard time containing Martin junior Faith Guritz, who was the lone player from either school to reach double figures with 14 points.
“Faith had a very good game,” MacVean said. “A lot of girls played well.”
Junior Kiaya Warner and sophomore Briana Warner each netted nine points for the Clippers. Junior Jaclyn Hildebrand had eight points.
Senior Erin Stannis and sophomore Karrisa Moerler tossed in nine points apiece for the Indians. Madelyn Moore, another senior, and sophomore Zoe Myers each dropped six points for Saugatuck.
Tringali will be surprised if his club doesn’t soon start collecting some victories.
“We just have to stay positive,” Tringali said. “We have a good team. We know we can play better and expect to play better.”
 

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