The Grand Ledge Freshman girls’ basketball team has had a great first week of the season, posting two big wins against Okemos and DeWitt.
On November 30th against the visiting Panthers the Comets raced out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Grand Ledge allowed only one point in the second quarter to extend the advantage to 23-5 at the half before outscoring DeWitt 22-4 the rest of the way en route to a 45-9 victory.
Jesse Powers led the way scoring with nine while teammates Anna Davis and Skye Lockhart scored eight points each. Kayla Vandermeer and Sydney Dumond chipped in six points.
“We really took care of business against Dewitt,” coach Casey McDonnell said. “Everyone on this team has contributed in some way. The scoring has been very well balanced, and the ladies that haven’t starting their scoring streak yet have been contributing in other ways.
Kaya Hirschman has been a real leader on the defensive end of the floor, which really creates offensive opportunities for the team,” added McDonnell. “Brooke Benoit has made a couple steals and always brings the energy and effort, again, contributing to the overall team goal.”
In the season opener against Okemos the freshman girls jumped out to a 19-0 lead after one period of play on their way to a 49-13 victory.
“I was really proud of the effort that the girls put into both victories this week,” McDonnell said. “We had a nice showing against Okemos to start the season.”
Anna Davis led the way with 12 points while Powers scored nine. Saige Ladd, Emily Nevin, Alyssa Meissner, Skyy Lockart and Ashley Witham all scored four points agains the Chiefs. Taylor Hewitt, Kayle Vandermeer and Sydney Dumond all had two each.
“Subhi Sundaram, a multi-talented student-athlete-musician was unable to play against Okemos, but was back with us in our win against Dewitt and is now ready go full steam into the season,” said McDonnell. We are also lucky to have a great student-manager in Ashya Johnson who is working hard and is contributing to the positive energy that this team relies on.”
“The athleticism and enthusiasm this group of young ladies has brought to the court has really ignited a sense of excitement throughout the team,” added assistant Coach Kebler. I think this will be a great season.”
The Comet freshman are back in action on Thursday at home against Lansing Everett at 5:30 p.m.