Sherman Girls Present Swanson With His 600th Career Victory
SHERMAN — A total of five 3-pointers, 13 points from Abbey Cole, 10 points from Hannah Murdock and sound defense all played a role in Sherman picking up a 43-34 non-league basketball win over Maple Grove on Tuesday night.
The victory was the 600th of Mel Swanson’s long and successful career (see story this page).
It also avenged a Sherman (4-5) loss earlier in the season to the same Maple Grove team at Jamestown High School.
“Playing at home (made a big difference),” Swanson said following the victory. “We were more comfortable at least when we could get an open look. Down there (the first time we played), we couldn’t make a shot. We made some big shots tonight, made a few 3s and (Hannah) Murdock did a great job around the post.”
The Lady Wildcats displayed balance on the offensive end of the floor at times and were able to hurt Maple Grove from long distance and down low.
Carrie Sands (8 points) and Danielle Aldrich (6 points) both drained two shots from beyond the arc, Cole had one 3-pointer and Murdock, who also hauled in seven rebounds, gave Maple Grove fits at times inside.
“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Swanson said. “Obviously, the turnovers hurt us (at times). But, once we got it where we wanted it, we were able to make some shots and (the girls) did a nice job of it.”
Maple Grove (4-5) trailed at the half by 10, and even cut the Sherman lead to just 3 points at 37-34 in the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Red Dragons just couldn’t get into a consistent enough rhythm offensively, despite 13 points from Caleigh Swanson and 11 points from Riley Caskey.
Caskey ended the game with seven rebounds while Kaylee McCall, Courtney Hemminger and Swanson had five boards each. Addie Tanner had six steals.
“I knew the kids, the fans (and) the coaches would be pumped because I knew it was (possibly) Coach Swanson’s 600th victory,” Maple Grove coach Jason Bower said. “And I told my kids this is going to be a playoff atmosphere on the road. Sherman had a lot of shots against us in that first game (earlier in the season). They didn’t fall. I knew they would fall at home. At home, they are going to make those shots. I knew it was going to be a tough game going in. We got rattled early. I think we came back in the second half and played pretty well. …We had a ton of looks (at the basket). I thought we had great shots, great shot selection. Just one of those nights (where) the ball didn’t go in the hoop.”
For Sherman, Sands had a game-high 12 rebounds and three assists to go along with her 8 points. Aldrich added eight rebounds and three assists and Cole had seven rebounds.
The all-around team effort from the Lady Wildcats ultimately allowed Swanson to come away with a milestone win.
“He’s a tremendous coach,” Bower said. “He’s been coaching (since) I was playing. And I mean, you rack up 600 victories, you know what you’re doing. And I think when you (look at) a girls coach, he’s who you want to look at. He’s a tremendous coach (and) a tremendous person. My hat’s off to (him).”
Notes: Backed by 18 points from Lauren Grissom, Maple Grove came away with a 32-29 win in the jayvee matchup. … Sherman’s jayvee team was led by Emily Starceski, who poured in 17 points. … Maple Grove will look to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss on the road against Falconer on Thursday
MAPLE GROVE (34)
Caskey 4 1 11, Davis 0 0 0, Harrison 0 0 0, Swanson 6 1 13, MSchuppenhauer 2 1 5, Hemminger 0 1 1, McCall 0 1 1, Tanner 0 0 0, Hill 1 1 3. Totals 13 6 34.
Charrette 2 2 6, Aldrich 2 0 6, Phelps 0 0 0, Cole 5 2 13, Pacy 0 0 0, Sands 2 2 8, Cady 0 0 0, Christmas 0 0 0, Murdock 5 0 10. Totals 16 6 43.
3-point goals – Caskey 2, Aldrich 2, Cole, Sands 2.
Maple Grove 13 4 12 5 – 34
Sherman 15 12 10 6 – 43