After being furloughed since November due to attempts to control the spread of coronavirus, South Haven’s varsity girls basketball team hit the courts last week to open their season with two convincingvictories over Berrien Springs and Comstock.
In the Rams’ season opener, Feb. 11, they earned a decisive win over the Shamrocks, 52-34.
“You could definitely tell we had some jitters with it being our first game of the season,” Rams Coach Joey Holland said. “But, I was very proud of the girls and how they kept their composure. I was also really proud that we were able to get all of the girls in the game the first half.”
The Rams started the contest with a slight 14-9 lead in the first quarter. They then continued to pull away from Berrien Springs to build their lead to 24-15 at the end of the first half. South Haven was able to do so by pressuring the Shamrocks with a press that caused 15 turnovers that helped to create 11 steals.
Returning to the court in the third quarter the Rams continued to press forcing more turnovers for the Shamrocks. In the final stanza, Berrien Springs tried to regroup on offense and was able to knock down several big shots, but it wasn’t enough to close the 18-point scoring gap.
Jordyn Holland led South Haven’s efforts with 16 points, 8 steals and 2 assists. DayShauna Crowley also scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and had 3 assists. Dayzha Crowley scored 8 points and hauled down 5 rebounds, while Alley Woodhall racked up 2 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.
Holland said he was pleased with his team’s first game of the season.
“Half of our team has quite a few first-year varsity players, but we make up for that with the experience we have with the seven returners from last year,” Holland said. “So I was really happy with how the girls were able to play as a team and everyone had a chance to add to the stats whether it being rebounding or getting steals on the defensive side.”
South Haven continued its winning ways, Feb. 16, rolling over the Colts, 50-9.
Three Lady Rams scored in the double digits. Jordyn Holland earned 12 points, followed up by Dayshauna Crowley with 11 points and Dayzha Crowley with 10 points.