Pentwater Continues Rebuilding Project
PENTWATER – It was just six years ago that Pentwater was faced with the difficult decision to shutter its varsity girls basketball program for the 2011-12 season.
Following the graduation of seven seniors, Pentwater returned just two underclassmen from its 2010-11 roster. With that in mind, the school elected to sponsor only a JV team for eighth- through 10th-graders.
Now in their fifth season under coach Jeff McDonough, the Falcons are continuing to turn the corner and are eyeing a Western Michigan D League title.
“In the beginning, it was rough. You kind of felt like very, very low, but it was good like to work through it,” Pentwater senior Linnea McDonough said. “You learn and you get stronger playing with tougher competition. So I think that’s actually helped our team grow and develop into what we are today.”
After finishing mid-pack in the WMD League each of the last three seasons, Pentwater currently finds itself a game out of first place, resting behind league leader Mason County Eastern.
“Everyone has to put in like equal effort. You can’t just have one star because if they shut down that star, their team just won’t play as well,” Pentwater sophomore Madeline Wagner said. “If you have everyone that has equal talent, you’re just a much better team, which I think we are.”
The Falcons will take part in an all-league district tournament at Manistee Catholic Central in March. Joined by Walkerville, Baldwin, Manistee Catholic Central and Mason County Eastern, Pentwater will face the host Sabers on March 1.
Pentwater continues its regular season Friday at Big Rapids Crossroads.