Southfield Christian’s Ti’Syn Callahan drives by her defender during district action. The Eagles finished the year at 11-11 overall.

Southfield Christian’s Ti’Syn Callahan drives by her defender during district action. The Eagles finished the year at 11-11 overall.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Southfield Christian girls hoops falls in regionals

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published March 18, 2020

 Rachel Cairo takes a shot against Livingston Christian.

Rachel Cairo takes a shot against Livingston Christian.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Christian girls basketball season may have come to an end, but not before it took some steps in the right direction.

The Eagles fell to Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 56-35 March 10 in a Division 4 regional semifinal. Getting to that regional round was just the first step on a list of goals that includes a state championship.

With any loss, there was disappointment, especially with a senior class playing their last game. However, there was more hope and confidence in what’s to come over the next few years.

“They got experience being district champs, got experience at a regional level, a whole season of working at a more intense conference level,” Eagles coach Sarah Johnson said. “After the game, we weren’t crying and pouting, feeling sorry for ourselves. We were excited about what we got to do for the next year.”

Southfield Christian secured five wins in its last eight games to finish the year with an 11-11 overall record. It was the Eagles’ second consecutive double-digit winning season.

Even with a double-digit winning season, there were bumps along the road. Playing in a higher division of the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference, the Eagles struggled but grew.

They went 1-7 in the MIAC Blue. Every team in the division had at least 10 wins, including a 20-game winner in Inter-City Baptist.

They’ll be faced with the same challenge again next season, but with a year under their belt, Johnson is looking forward to seeing better results.

“They’re not going to sit there and be intimidated,” Johnson said of her team. “The more experience they get and have their eyes completely opened to what they’re facing and what they can achieve just makes us a better team.”

The youth on the squad was evident, with just two seniors on the roster. That led to bigger roles for players like sophomore Ti’Syn Callahan and freshman Rachel Cairo.

Callahan has been very vocal about her desire to bring a state title home to Southfield Christian. That goal has trickled down to the rest of the team and is something they see in their future.

Winning a district was the first step in getting to the finish line. Another year to grow and develop for a young team could lead to a promising future, Johnson said.

“It’s a coach’s dream to always grow and improve,” Johnson said. “Each year, we’re seeing improved levels that they have coming in.”

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