Martin girls race past Saugatuck on hardwood

By: 
Leo Martonosi

Saug­atuck girls’ coach Kevin Tringali hasn’t had as many sleepless nights as one might think during a coaching career that has spanned nearly two decades between high school and the West Michigan Lakers, a talented-loaded AAU team.
However, Tringali admitted after his team’s 52-25 setback to SAC Lakeshore and Allegan County foe Martin on Friday, Feb. 7, that he would be in for a long night when he finally hit the sack.
It was the second time the Clippers have beaten the Indians this season.
Tringali said he demands three things from his team: 1. Effort. 2. Energy, and 3. Attitude. Unfortunately, he didn’t see as much of those as he would have liked against the state-ranked Clippers.
“All the credit goes to Martin,” Tringali said. “They played hard and well, like we needed to play.”
The win by first-year coach Ben Schipper’s Martin coach squad was the 13th in 14 games.
The Clippers only loss came to Gobles on a buzzer-beater.
Saugatuck, meanwhile,  fell to 7-8 for the season and to 2-5 in the conference.
Martin, which won its first showdown with Saugatuck by 19 points (60-41) jumped out to an early 20-4 lead behind the play of Faith Guritz, who reached 1,000 career points in her previous game.
“Faith had another strong overall game,” Schipper said.
However, one of the keys to the game was the defensive play of Briana Warner, who held Saugatuck’s high-scoring Zoe Myers to two points. Myers scored 20 points the first time the two teams got together.
“Briana had a great game, especially defensively against one of the best players in our conference,” Schipper said.
Schipper also received strong contributions from Kiaya Warner (eight points), Gracie Shettler (seven points) and Jaclyn Hildebrand (six points).
Saugatuck was led in scoring by promising sophomore center McKenzie Pearson with 10 points.
There was a big reason why Tringali was so frustrated with his team.
“This hurts because we are a much better team than this,” Tringali said. “The good thing with the state district approaching there’s still time to go out there and prove it.”
Contact Leo Martonosi at leomartonosi1@gmail.com.

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