Suring looks to build on winning week

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Eagles clinch 1st wins since start of season
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Suring High School sophomore Jaden Bulbolz looks to pass over Gresham defenders Meckenzie Roe (10) and Kristen Bowman (20) during a 40-31 victory on Thursday at Suring. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

The Suring girls basketball team had consecutive wins last week, and head coach Shaun Wagner hopes to keep the momentum rolling.

The Eagles hadn’t seen a win since their season opener against Tigerton, but they now sit at 3-6 (0-5 M&O Conference) and are aiming to level the record.

“We want to use this little roll that we’re on to keep growing,” Wagner said. “We don’t have a senior on the team, and we’re playing three freshmen a lot, so if we can continue to grow at a nice pace, we’ll be where we want to by the end of the year.”

The Eagles, who have just three juniors and the rest underclassmen, topped Gresham 40-31 on Thursday after defeating Goodman-Pembine 54-40 on Dec. 19.

Suring was down early in Thursday’s game, but an easy steal and layup by Kylee Stelzer gave Suring a 9-8 lead over Gresham with six minutes left in the first half and they controlled the rest of the game.

“We did a good job of being unselfish, and that was a big reason for the win,” Wagner said. “We distributed the ball well and we hustled well.”

“They just outplayed us,” Gresham head coach Vaughn Miller said. “They attacked under the basket in rebounding and forced turnovers and really kind of controlled both sides of the court.”

The Eagles saw scoring from seven players, including two in double-digits. Both freshmen, Kylee Stelzer led the game with 12 points and Paige Krueger added 11.

“(Stelzer and Krueger) are definitely two players who work hard each practice and want to get better,” Wagner said. “We focus on getting better in some respect in every game, and I think we really executed that in this game and the last.”

The areas that need improving, according to Wagner, are expected with a young team.

“We’re a very young team, so we have possessions that are not the way they’re supposed to be and that just has to do with fundamentals,” he said. “We spend a lot of time talking about anticipation and taking care of the ball, and those things need to advance. I think that happens with experience, so it’s something that I believe will just naturally get better over time with practice.”

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Suring (40)

Jaden Bubolz 0-2 3; Kelsey Smith 2-2 4; Kylee Stelzer 0-1 12; Paige Krueger 1-6 11; Angel Griffin 0-0 3; Wylee VanBellinger 0-0 4; Stephanie Huth 3-5 3.

Gresham (31)

Makayla Belongia 2-4 10; Meckenzie Roe 3-4 5; Tiana Ferguson 2-2 4; Kristen Bowman 0-1 2; Mackenzie Hoffman 0-0 2; Destiny Reindl 2-4 4; Kaylee Bohm 0-0 4.

Suring 22 18 — 40

Gresham 10 21 — 31