Cade Finds New Home with Buckley Boys Basketball Team
After months of uncertainty for high school basketball teams in Michigan, Buckley senior Shelby Cade was thrown another curveball when it was announced that Buckley would be unable to field a girls basketball program this winter because of low participation.
“We struggled to have a team for the girls,” Cade said. “We didn’t have enough numbers for them so it came to be that our administration figured out a way for me to play and that happened to be on the boys team.”
It’s a unique situation for Cade, but one she’s embracing along with her teammates.
“My team really supports each other and she’s just another piece of the puzzle,” Buckley coach Jared Milarch said. “We don’t see it any different than that. She plays hard and pulls her weight, and works as a team and that’s all I ask of her.”
Despite the adjustment that comes with competing against boys, Cade has held her own.
“Every time she goes in there, it’s a dogfight,” Buckley junior Kyle Kaczanowski said. “She goes in there, she’s not big, but she gives it everything she has and it really brings all of us up.”
“It’s just been way easier, like I said having these boys behind me 100% of the way and that’s just the easiest part is the transition,” Cade added.
Following Friday’s game against Benzie Central, Buckley (2-3) is scheduled to travel to Suttons Bay on Tuesday.