Central Montcalm girls struggled early, came on late

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:52 am on Monday, March 25, 2013

Central Montcalm senior Michaela Crooks backs down on a Lakeview defender this season.

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team got off to a slow start under new coach Kevin Everingham.

“We had a weak start to the season,” Everingham said. “I think we won the majority of the games in the second half of the season. We could have done the same type of thing in the first half if we played a little better early on.”

The Green Hornets ended up 7-14 on the season and there wasn’t one single thing that was holding back the team, according to Everingham.

“I think it was a lot of little things,” he said. “It was all the kids not coming together as a team and early one we didn’t rebound like we did later on the in season, and our shots were really bad early in the season.”

Everingham gave a lot of credit to senior Michaela Crooks for the turnaround.

“Partway through the season our point guard got injured and she (Crooks) had to take over,” he said. “Michaela led us in the majority of our stats. She was pretty important to what we were doing.”

There were other players who caught Everingham’s eye during the season.

“Our inside person was Savannah Case,” he said. “Her game improved dramatically. She was one of the girls missing a lot early in the season and she started turning that around and it showed up later in the season.

“The other person would be Kaden Everingham,” he said of his daughter. “She had really strong defense. She was second in almost every stat. She did a lot of shot-blocking and rebounding for us.”

Kevin Everingham is optimistic about the Hornets going forward.

“I think it’s up from here,” he said. “We have to keep the team going like they were at the end of the season. We’re losing five seniors but we have a very strong JV team and we’ll have five girls coming up form that. Three of my five starters will come back so it should e a strong season.”

But there are things that will have to improve in the offseason, he said.

“Two things,” Everingham said. “One is keeping their shot going because our shot was horrible at the beginning of the season. Then quickness.”

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