If opposing teams want to study film of the Saline Hornets junior varsity basketball team, they need to only pay attention to what goes on when the Hornets are playing defense. In what is becoming routine with this team, the Hornets rode a tenacious defensive performance to an easy 68-24 win over the Monroe Trojans at Saline High School on Friday night, raising their season record to 11-3. The team’s commitment to playing defense is something to behold. In this game, the Hornets allowed six points in the first quarter, leading 15-6 at the end of one. They gave up six points in the second quarter, taking a 30-12 lead into the locker room.
The Hornets went on an 18-0 run in the third quarter, allowing Monroe one basket with :50 seconds left in the quarter to extend their lead to 48-14. Coach Jacob Fosdick substituted freely in the fourth and still his team managed to outscore Monroe 20-10.
“I am so proud of this team and how seriously they take playing defense,” coach Fosdick said following the game. “Their energy on defense is intense. They take pride in not allowing their opponents to score.”
Coach Fosdick was asked about where his team ranks compared to other teams in the SEC.
“Huron is probably the best and they have been playing great ball for a long time,” he said. “Skyline is right there too. The team is ready for that challenge. Next Friday against Huron, in their building, is something the team is looking forward to. It will be a good measuring stick as to where we are as a team.”
Every player on the JV squad scored in the game. The team was led by Jacob Finkbeiner with 17 points, Lance Moorer 13, Calder Pellerin 8, Kyle Nouhan 7 and Nate Gresser with 6.
The team travels to Ann Arbor Huron next Friday to take on the River Rats. Game time is 5:30pm.