Saugatuck holds off late Delton charge to prevail
The free throw line was not kind to the Saugatuck girls’ basketball team in its SAC showdown with Delton on Friday, Jan. 22.
The Indians made just eight of their first 25 attempts at the charity stripe, including a 0-of-8 showing in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.
Despite those game-long struggles, senior point guard Madelyn Stewart managed to come through at the line when coach Kevin Tringali’s Saugatuck squad needed it most.
Stewart made 6-of-8 free throws in the game’s final two minutes to help the Indians hold off a Delton comeback attempt as Saugatuck secured the 43-36 road victory.
“We definitely had some trouble with our free throws,” said Tringali, whose team finished 14-of-31 at the line. “We’re young and this is all part of the learning process. I’m just happy Maddie came through for us.”
And while not pleased with the Indians’ success rate at the line, Tringali did see one encouraging sign when it came to his team’s free throws.
“The fact that we got to the line 31 times is huge for us,” he said. “We’ve been struggling a little bit with being a little too passive and settling for some shots. Tonight, we were much more aggressive and took the ball to the hoop a lot more. Now we just need to start hitting some more of those free throws.”
Saugatuck (9-2) was in control for much of the game, leading by as many as 15 points at 31-16 late in the third quarter and holding a 14-point edge at 37-23 following a basket by Stewart with 5:23 left to play.
But Delton wasn’t done, embarking on an 11-1 scoring run that culminated with a Darcie McManus 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining. That cut Saugatuck’s lead to 38-34.
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