Ike girls heading in ‘right direction’

Eagles show improvement, but Ford rallies in fourth to win

By: Thomas Franz | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 18, 2013

 Eisenhower sophomore guard Katie Hayes dribbles up court during the Eagles’ game against Utica Ford on Dec. 12. Hayes had nine points and five assists.

Eisenhower sophomore guard Katie Hayes dribbles up court during the Eagles’ game against Utica Ford on Dec. 12. Hayes had nine points and five assists.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Through its first three games, Utica Eisenhower struggled to control the ball and score points.

In its latest contest against Utica Ford on Dec. 12, Eisenhower seemingly found its rhythm against the pressure defense of Utica Ford.

Eisenhower hung tough with Ford but fell 40-33. Eisenhower took a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter before Ford’s Alex Sorgi scored nine points in the last five minutes of the game to close out the Eagles.

“We left so many possessions out there on the floor. One of our goals we said in the pregame was to get to the line 16 times, and we got to the line 16 times by half, but the problem was that we were 7 for 16 when we got there,” Eisenhower coach Michael Satawa said. “We got to the line and attacked, but we just couldn’t execute, and that’s one of the things that we need to do.”

Senior Katie Suhy led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points. Sophomore Katie Hayes had nine points, Jill Doss added six and Nicole Meyer added two points and led Eisenhower with six rebounds.

“Suhy shot the ball well tonight. She did a nice job, and she’s streaky. One thing that we’ve been working on was trying to get her to be more aggressive in taking the ball to the basket and not being as one-dimensional, and I thought that she attacked the basket fairly decent. I was pleased with her, and I was pleased with how she played offensively,” Satawa said.

With Hayes and Meyer playing major minutes as sophomores, Satawa was also pleased with the way they handled Ford’s full-court defensive pressure throughout the entire game.

“Defensively, they made us think a lot. Our guards are coming along. We have two primary ball handlers who are sophomores in Hayes and Meyer, and the two of them handle the basketball a lot. They did a pretty good job handling the pressure and being able to read the defense to see what’s there,” Satawa said.

Despite the loss, Eisenhower showed progress offensively after struggling to gain traction in its first three contests. 

“Ford is a team that I really believe is in the top tier of the MAC Red, and I think that we competed with them; it just came down to execution at the end,” Satawa said. “When we struggle like we do in the offense right now, we have to take advantage of the freebies, and you’re not going to win many basketball games, especially against a good team like Ford.”

Looking ahead, Satawa said that he and his assistants are pleased, with the progress that his team is making so far, but they know that getting a win will help provide a confidence boost to keep his team moving forward.

“This group plays hard every night. The biggest thing for us is confidence right now. We, as coaches, see that there’s progress and that things are heading in the right direction, but with anything, especially heading into Christmas break and so forth, you have to sit and think about things for a couple weeks, so we just have to go out and get a win. We’re working hard, we’re playing hard and we’re competing,” Satawa said.

Eisenhower (0-4) continued its preconference schedule on Dec. 17 with a game against Romeo. The result for that game was not available at press time.