By Alicia Dziak

The youngest of SGI’s basketball teams include the modified levels for both girls and boys, which are made up of students in 7th and 8th grades.

At the mid-way point in the season, the boys’ record sits at 1-5.  “The record is deceiving, as the boys have been competitive against every opponent, losing by five or fewer baskets,” said coach Gretchen Heichberger, after a tight 32-25 loss to Pioneer this week.

“The boys play very tenaciously on defense creating excellent defensive pressure,” she added. “As a team, they are still learning the fundamentals of basketball and looking to improve the little things that can create big changes on the court.  As the team looks ahead, they are ready to challenge each opponent once more looking for a win!”

Coming off a win last week against JFK, the modified Lady Griffs took a loss on Monday night against Pioneer. “Pioneer is always a tough game for us. I talked with the girls and told them they needed to come out strong in order to play with Pioneer,” said coach Kim Pazzuti. “The first quarter did not go our way but slowly after all the nerves settled, we came to life. We were reading their plays better and not giving up those easy shots down low.”

Halley Hayden was the high scorer on the night, with 14 points. Sarah O’Neal added 4 points, and Sydney Fuller, Danielle Henderson, and Elaina Bond each added 2 points. The final score was Pioneer 35 and Lady Griffs 24.

Catch the modified squad in action at home on Jan. 22 when they take on Eden at the SGI Middle School.