2013-03-21 / Sports

STATE CHAMPS!

Goodrich girls repeat as Class B state champs
BY ERIK HOHENTHANER
810-452-2641 • ehohenthaner@mihomepaper.com


The Goodrich girls’ basketball team and coach Jason Gray (back left) celebrated their second straight Class B state title at the Breslin Center last Saturday. 
Photo by Erik Hohenthaner The Goodrich girls’ basketball team and coach Jason Gray (back left) celebrated their second straight Class B state title at the Breslin Center last Saturday. Photo by Erik Hohenthaner EAST LANSING — The Goodrich girls’ basketball team entered this season with a target on its back as the defending Class B state champions. The Lady Martians endured quite a bit of adversity on their way to another state championship, as they defeated Flint Powers on Saturday at the Breslin Center, 51-34.

Goodrich lost Penn State signee and All-State guard KeKe Sevillian to a knee injury before the season started. The Lady Martians then lost two more contributors throughout the season as well, but did get a boost from transfer Isabella O’Brien, who became eligible in January.

Last season, the Lady Martians ran the table and finished the season with a 28-0 record. This year, Goodrich ended up 25-3, but played one of the toughest non-league schedules in the state to prepare for another tournament run.

The Lady Martians started the game strong and led, 15-2, after the first quarter and never looked back. Goodrich outscored Powers, 13-4, in the first-half. Goodrich held Powers to 3-for-31 shooting in the first half.

Powers came out strong in the third quarter and outscored Goodrich, 14-7, to cut the deficit to 35-20, but the Lady Martians edged the Chargers, 16-14, in the fourth to seal their second straight state title.

“I don’t know if I really have words; two straight championships in Class B. We’re in elite company there and what a great job the girls did,” said Goodrich coach Jason Gray. “Last year, I thought we had the best talent all around in the entire state and we played like that pretty much every game. This year, we were still pretty talented, but we lost a few players but these two (Taylor Gleason and Tania Davis) showed that they’re the two most talented kids as far as a backcourt goes in the state.”

Davis led Goodrich with 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, Gleason came through with 14 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and five assists, Jessica Ashby added nine points and five rebounds and O’Brien chipped in four points and six boards.

Powers was led by Ally Haran and Sara Rohstorfer with nine points apiece and Michela Coury grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds.

“The girls really came to play (on Saturday) especially in the first half,” said Gray. “I was real happy with the style of play and intensity the girls had early on, I’m real proud of that.”

Gleason and Sevillian have meant a lot to the program evidenced by the team’s 101-7 record and four straight trips to the Breslin Center over the last four years.

Goodrich joins Powers, Detroit Country Day and Dearborn Divine Child as the only teams in Class B to win consecutive titles.

The Lady Martians will have a leader back next season in Davis, who will enter her junior season with two state titles. Besides Gleason and Sevillian, Goodrich will also need to replace Jessica Ashby and Katrina Ellis.

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