The Burr Oak girls basketball team may only be 5-9 overall this season, but the program has picked itself off the floor after going winless last season.
After two straight losses, the Bobcats turned things around Tuesday night at home with a 50-37 win over Marshall Academy.
Michaela Ultz led the way with 16 points, followed by Jade Summey, who registered a double-double with 11 points and 20 rebounds.
Chelsea Boyd pitched in eight points, Jade Lown finished with six, Hannah Root notched five, and Alexis Habib and Tori Everitt both added two.
“We played outstanding defense and continued to pressure the ball throughout the game,” Burr Oak coach Jennifer Sutton said. “Very proud of this team tonight.”
The Bobcats led 27-20 at intermission and the deficit was cut to two by the end of the third quarter. But Ultz took over in the final eight minutes with nine of the team’s 17 points. Burr Oak held Marshall Academy to just six points in the fourth quarter to drive in the nails.
Though after the game she wasn’t sure of her season total, Summey is on track to break Burr Oak’s single-season rebounding record of 293. She currently has 187 boards.
“I’m really trying and hoping I can achieve that,” Summey said. “I had one goal for the year and that was it.”
In terms of team goals, Summey said Burr Oak has already checked a lot of things off the list, but they’re not satisfied yet.
“I thought it went really well from the beginning, [tonight]” she said. “Everybody was playing with intensity. I think we’re improving. We’re learning something different every game and we try to take that and apply it to the next game. I think we’re really working more as a team. We’ve already improved a lot by winning five games this year. I’m really proud of my team already. Hopefully we can win some more games.”