Saugatuck girls post victory over archrival Fennville
It doesn’t matter what sport, there’s nothing quite like a clash between Saugatuck and Fennville.
“It’s always exciting and it means a lot to both communities,” said Saugatuck girls’ basketball coach Kevin Trin-gali of the rivalry minutes after his Indians pulled away for a 54-29 home victory over the Blackhawks on Friday, Dec. 4.
It didn’t seem like a 25-point scoring difference to Tringali.
“I wasn’t comfortable until the last two minutes to go in the game,” he said.
Saugatuck’s 6-foot-3 senior center Kiri Tiemeyer, who is headed to Wayne State University on a basketball scholarship, led both teams in scoring with 22 points. The majority of Tiemeyer’s points came in the second half.
While first-year Fennville coach Cory Howard knew Tiemeyer would be a handful, he wasn’t counting on Saugatuck senior point guard Madelyn Steward to score quite as much as she did.
Stewart erupted for a career-high 17 points, with 14 of those coming in the first half to lead the Indians to a 29-14 halftime advantage.
“She shot the ball very well,” Howard said. “I wasn’t figuring on that.”
Tringali likes it when the ball is in Stewart’s or Tie-meyer’s hands.
“Matching up with those two girls is like picking your poison,” Tringali said.
Stewart enjoys her new leadership role this winter.
“We have a young team that lacks experience, but I’m excited and up to the challenge,” Stewart said.
Freshman Madelyn Moore was Saugatuck’s third-leading scorer with six points.
Tringali was pleased with the play of Moore as well as his two other freshmen, Alexis Borst and Erin Stannis.
“Our three freshmen really came through for us tonight,” Tringali said. “Give them credit.”
No one reached double figures in scoring for the Blackhawks. Senior Hanna Schneider was close with nine points and senior sisters Kortny and Kelsy Overhiser followed with six and five respective points.
“We played hard and battled,” Howard said. “The effort was there, but we made too many mistakes.”
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