Sabers get back on the winning track

ABOVE: Jenna Bialik drives to the basketball during the Sabers’ 33-25 win on Saturday monring against Big Rapids Crossroads.  (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

ABOVE: Jenna Bialik drives to the basketball during the Sabers’ 33-25 win on Saturday monring against Big Rapids Crossroads. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — It wasn’t always the prettiest game, but Manistee Catholic Central girls basketball will take them any way that they come this season.

The Sabers clawed out a 33-25 win over Big Rapids Crossroads to give the team its first league victory of the season.

MCC (2-13, 1-10) controlled the ball better than it has and only had 13 turnovers in the game.

“I thought the ball handling was much better in the first half. I know we only had five turnovers in the first half. That’s very good for this team. We controlled the ball and our passing was a little sharper and harder. That’s what we’ve been asking for,” MCC coach Todd Erickson said.

Rylee Feliczak started the game fast with six points in the first quarter. She was able to find the soft spot in the Cougars’ (2-15, 1-10) zone and made a couple of early jumpers.

Feliczak finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and 10 of her points came in the first half.

MCC led 19-17 at the half.

Out of the break the Sabers were able to pressure Crossroads and cause a handful of turnovers. MCC went on a 14-2 run to jump out to a 33-19 lead.

Despite being on the verge of a rout, the Sabers went cold from the field at the end of the third and for the entire fourth quarter.

The team finished with a scoring drought that lasted over 10 minutes, but a lot of that time was spent running some clock on offense.

Still, MCC didn’t score in the fourth quarter, but had enough of a cushion to seal the win.

“We were hoping that they would go to a man to speed it up. It didn’t happen so we had to learn how to play in space with the ball and control the clock,” Erickson said.

“I thought they did well because they haven’t been in this situation at all. They did a good job with that.”

Along with Feliczak’s game, Nicole Kaminski had 7 points, and Liz Nelson had 10 rebounds.

“With Liz being back I thought she gave us a little help. Now we have to get her back in the groove because she’s been gone for 10 days,” Erickson said.

MCC will be back on Tuesday at home against Walkerville (7-9, 6-5). The game will begin at 6 p.m.

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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