CLAWSON — Jennifer Stanton is in her second year with the Clawson High girls basketball program. But when asked when the team had last won a Macomb Area Conference title, she paused before answering.
“Never,” she said simply.
The Trojans’ last division title was in 2008, before joining the MAC.
But that all changed this winter, as Clawson rolled to an 8-0 finish in the Bronze Division, good for a two-game advantage over Clinton Township Clintondale, and an undisputed title.
“This group has been together playing sports since they were so young,” Stanton said of her current roster. “The chemistry of this group is unreal. The support they had for one another was awesome. They were able to rise above so much.”
Stanton coached a good majority of her current team in middle school.
“It’s been a special group since they were younger, really,” she said. “It’s a team that never doubted itself. They set goals and found ways to go out and accomplish them.”
Stanton said it was about halfway through the division schedule when she realized her team had what it took to win a title.
“We started playing teams for a second time, and it felt like we had something special,” she said.
The Trojans clinched the crown Jan. 27 in a 43-28 victory against Clintondale.
“It was the first of its kind,” Stanton said. “A few games later, we had Senior Night and cut down the nets. It was pretty special.”
Clawson took part in the MAC tournament, and fell to Madison Heights Madison High 41-22 in the opening round.
The rest of the tournament was played after press time.
As for what’s next, Stanton said her team is focused on the district round.
The Trojans have a first-round bye and face Clintondale or Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood in a semifinal at 6 p.m. March 1 at Macomb Lutheran North.
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day looms as the likely opponent in the final.
“Our district is going to be a pretty even fight,” Stanton said. “We’ve seen some of the teams, like Clintondale and Cranbrook. Then there’s Country Day. We haven’t seen them in a few years. So, right now, it’s about getting everything in place so we can be prepared to put our best foot forward.”