Edwardsburg claimed Tuesday’s girls basketball opener at Schoolcraft 43-31 in a battle between squads with a combined 41 wins last season.
It was a tight game throughout, staying within two possessions for most of the first three quarters. The Eagles had the opening bucket, but the Eddies answered with an 11-0 run. However, Schoolcraft responded with their own 7-0 run to make it an 11-10 score to close the first quarter.
After a back-and-forth second quarter, Edwardsburg took a 22-19 lead into halftime. Senior Abbey Krugh hit a three at the horn for the lead, flashing a smile at the Eagle students who tried to distract her. The Eddies’ lead was 31-26 at the third quarter break. Krugh picked up a bucket-and-foul with 4:35 remaining in the fourth to give them their first double-digit lead at 38-28.
Schoolcraft started to fade as only seven players were dressed, as they were without all-SAC players Anna Schuppel and Savannah Seath. Foul woes also prevented a more aggressive defense down the stretch as Edwardsburg began to drain the clock.
Krugh led the Eddies with 12 points, followed by 10 from Macey Laubach. Sophomore Mackenzie Miller topped the Eagles with 17 points. Gabi Saxman scored eight and had a handful of steals.
Edwardsburg starts Wolverine Conference South Division play with Friday’s home debut against Sturgis, which can be heard live via JoeInsider.com. Schoolcraft will have time to recover and gel as they are off until their SAC Valley opener at home against Delton Kellogg on Friday, December 13.
Edwardsburg Scoring: Abbey Krugh 12, Macey Laubach 10, Katie Schaible 7, Kaitlynne Allen 3, Alyssah Simmons 2. Free Throws: 6-13. Three-Pointers: 5
Schoolcraft Scoring: Mackenzie Miller 17, Gabi Saxman 8, Allie Walther 3, Adrienne Rosey 2, Kayla Onken 1. Free Throws: 9-13. Three-Pointers: 2