Southfield Christian girls basketball coach Sarah Johnson talks with her team during a game earlier this season. The Eagles ended the year with a 10-10 overall record.

Southfield Christian girls basketball coach Sarah Johnson talks with her team during a game earlier this season. The Eagles ended the year with a 10-10 overall record.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Southfield Christian girls basketball coach reflects on season and looks to future

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published March 12, 2019

 Southfield Christian freshman Kayla Webber drives to the basket in a game earlier this season. Coach Sarah Johnson expects Webber to take on a bigger role next season.

Southfield Christian freshman Kayla Webber drives to the basket in a game earlier this season. Coach Sarah Johnson expects Webber to take on a bigger role next season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Southfield A&T girls basketball played in a Division 1 regional final against Grosse Pointe North March 13, after press time.

 

SOUTHFIELD –– For the Southfield Christian girls basketball team, this season was a building year, but the team still found success. 

The Eagles recorded 10 wins, which were the most since the 2013-14 season, and reached six wins in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference, which were more than the last two seasons combined. 

In the playoffs, Southfield Christian was eliminated by Clarkston Everest Collegiate March 4 at Everest Collegiate by a final score of 59-51. 

“Coming out of that locker room (after the game), it really was just feeling positive about what we had done that season, realizing that it was a transitional year for us,” coach Sarah Johnson said. “Our program has, I think, taken that critical step, and we’re actually a program now, not just a basketball team.”

Southfield Christian finished the season at 10-10 overall and 6-2 in the MIAC. 

The Eagles did it with a young squad with only two seniors on the roster, compared to four freshmen and three sophomores.  

With a large group of returning players and good numbers in the program, Johnson is excited for what the future holds. 

“To end up 6-2 in the conference was big for us. The only team we lost to was (Auburn Hills Oakland Christian),” Johnson said. “We haven’t had a season like that at this school for the girls basketball program in maybe six, seven years. I think our future is bright.” 

As Johnson looks forward to next year, she sees a lot of positives in the group she has returning. The Eagles will have to replace their leading scorer in Kelly Hunter, but Johnson believes she has the players to step up.

A few players that Johnson will look to more next year are Ti’Syn Callahan, Alex Johnson, Kayla Webber and Maddie Kragt, among others. 

Johnson noted that she wants to work on defense and transition for next year’s squad. She wants her team to be able to run and push the ball up the floor more next season. 

“The four freshmen, they’re tight as can be, and it’s really interesting to watch them, just how they connect with each other,” Johnson said. “They’ll be the force that’s making sure that the next class coming up understands this is what we’re about, because they’re focused. They want a championship. They want a ring.” 

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