Early struggles cost Indians in loss to state-ranked Gobles
The fans attending the Friday, Feb. 13, SAC North Division girls’ basketball clash between Saugatuck and Gobles may have gotten a glimpse of the 2015 state Class C championship team.
At least that’s the way Saugatuck coach Kevin Tringali saw it.
“I think they have a good shot at winning state,” said Tringali several minutes after the eighth-ranked and unbeaten Tigers upended the Indians 46-27.
Saugatuck was hoping to slow down the run-and-gun Tigers, who have claimed four straight SAC championships and have won 46 of their past 47 conference games.
“We won’t play anyone any better than them,” Tringali said. “That’s one of the reasons we started with a four-corner offense.”
As has seemed to be the case all season, Saugatuck started slow, failing to get on the scoreboard after eight minutes of play to trail by 14 points entering the second period. The Indians’ first bucket came early into the second quarter from Analise Avalos.
“I was very proud of our effort, but not with our start,” Tringali said. “You can’t start slow against a team like Gobles.”
The Indians more than held their own in the second period, scoring 13 points, or one less than the Tigers managed.
“There’s really no such thing as a moral victory, but I was proud of how we battled,” Tringali said.
Although Gobles has many offensive weapons, no one dropped in a prettier off-the-glass basket than did Saugatuck’s Caroline Finn during the third stanza.
“She’s been making plays like that all season,” said Tringali of Finn.
Saugatuck’s Kiri Tiemeyer, averaging more than 20 points an outing since becoming eligible in January, was held to four points by the Tigers.
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