The Olivet varsity girls’ basketball team put the finishing touches on an outright Greater Lansing Activities Conference championship Tuesday night, defeating Maple Valley, 67-22, in front of a Senior Night crowd at Olivet High School.
The Lady Eagles, 17-2 overall and 11-1 in the GLAC, dominated from the opening tip as they led 23-6 after one quarter, 47-16 at halftime and 61-18 entering the fourth quarter. By winning, Coach Rob Fleming’s squad secured its second league title in the GLAC’s third year of existence.
“The league title is well-deserved,” Fleming said. “It was a goal that we talked about during our summer workouts. The girls never lost sight of that goal. We approached each league opponent with respect and the effort that it would take to win the league championship. I personally feel really good for the girls. I know the time and effort they put into winning the league.”
Olivet’s 12-player roster includes seven seniors who were honored before playing their final home game Tuesday night. They are Lexi Devlin, Teona Feldpausch, Morgan Greenman, Logan Kyre, Kelsie Letts, Noelle Rohde and Taylor Williams.
“This is a tremendous group of young ladies,” said Fleming, commenting on his seniors. “They led by example. I admire the way they carried themselves both on the court and off the court. I’m proud to say that I am their coach.”
Other members of the championship roster include juniors Hannah Frei, Marisa Gordon and Logan McLane, and sophomores Ally Platzer and Gracen Zaremba.
Next up for the Lady Eagles is a challenging road game against Bronson Thursday evening. They will then begin post-season action on Monday, February 27 with a first-round district game against Stockbridge at Jackson Northwest High School.
“We’re in a tough district,” Fleming said. “We will prepare the way we have all season, with an emphasis on one game at a time and what we need to do in order to be successful.”