Someone may soon call the Department of Homeland Security and report the MA girls’ basketball team. Why? They simply terrorize their opponents.
The athletic and swift MA girls play the game like a daring poker player…all in, all the time. The Eagles disposed of Catholic 59-18 Saturday night after leading 41-10 at the half. Julia Williams and Margaret Head had 6 steals each and Millie Stevenson had 5 steals. And, there were 4 other Eagles with steals.
MA girls are now 16-2 for the season and one of those loses, to Class 3A rival PCA, was later avenged. The only team that MA has faced and has not defeated is an exceptionally good Class 5A Brewbaker Tech.
Against Catholic the Eagles proved they have a good bench. Gabby Ramirez led the Eagles with 12 points including a pair of 3-pointers from downtown range. Madi Caddell came off the bench to score 10 points as did starter Stevenson. Williams came in to pour in 9 points. Leighton Robertson, the Eagles leading scorer on the season, had 8 points and Head tallied 7 points and 6 rebounds. Off the bench Anne Chapman did a good job for the Eagles on the boards with 8 rebounds. “That is something that makes me feel good,” MA coach Barry Fencher said. “We have developed some depth on offense and defense. We have scoring threats off the bench with Madi (Caddell) and Julia (Williams) and they play good defense too. You know, if you get someone in foul trouble or someone has a bad night, then there is a player on the bench to get the job done. Tonight we had balanced scoring and I really like that too.”
The Eagles shot 62% from the free throw line against the Knights. That is better than most boys’ high school teams. “That is good news. I’m elated to know about that improvement,” Fencher remarked. “We really haven’t been shooting that well. Success at the line is something we must continue to have especially late in the season.”
From this point MA will face Pike Road twice, Saint James and Bullock County once in area play. As far as the playoffs are concerned all other games are meaningless even though they serve as excellent preparation for the post season. “That’s the key. We will be all out in the area games. You got to win those. Right now we are not going to look past those games, it would be foolish to do so. Next week we got Pike Road and Saint James,” Fencher said.
Lorren Pharrams led Catholic with 6 points. The Knights are 3-8 on the season. Catholic will play Elmore County next week.