Lady Eagles end season in district
A strong Swan Valley defense was over-powering for the Frankenmuth varsity girls’ basketball team at last week’s MHSAA Class B District No. 59 semifinal game at Birch Run.
The Vikings leaped out to a 22-5 first-quarter lead and never looked back, defeating the Lady Eagles, 48-23.
“We ran into as good of a defensive team as we had all season,” FHS Coach Tom Keller said. 𠇌ombine that with maybe a little jitters to start the game and we dug ourselves an awfully big hole to start.
‘Muth leveled out a bit, winning the second quarter, 9-7.
“I give credit to our girls for continuing to fight and work towards trying to get back into the game. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t get over the hump and get it back close enough to pit any real pressure on them,” Keller explained.
Swan Valley outscored ‘Muth 19-9 in the final two quarters of play.
Senior Hannah Karwat led ‘Muth with eight points, to go with eight rebounds, three steals and three assists. She was 4 for 8 at the free throw line. Sophomore Kaylee Kujat added five points, including a three-point shot. Senior Lindsey Mertz had three points and six boards. Freshmen Brooklin Karwat and Kelynn Kujat rounded out the scorers, each with two points.
“Regardless of how this game ended up, I am so proud of this team and what they accomplished this season. To go 15-6 and win the conference outright is a tremendous accomplishment!” Keller exclaimed. “The growth this group showed from back in November when we struggled in our pre-season scrimmages to how we ended up this season is remarkable. From the leadership and example our seniors provided to the energy and improvement from our underclassmen, it was really a rewarding season for me as the coach.”
For the game, Frankenmuth was 8 for 46 from the floor (17 percent), including 2 for 12 from the three-point line, and 5 for 11 at the free throw line (45.5 percent). The team totaled 27 rebounds, nine steals, five assists and two blocked shots while committing 21 turnovers and 12 fouls.
“We will certainly miss this year’s seniors as they graduate from our program, but they leave behind a great legacy – not only of successful basketball – but in teaching many of the core values we strive to emphasize in our program, such as hard work, love for the team and a servant’s heart, just to name a few,” Keller noted. “Our young kids got some valuable experience this season and it will be exciting to see them progress over the next few years.”