Winning is a way of life for GH seniors

If you were searching for a theme song for the Grand Haven varsity girls basketball team's senior class, look no further than DJ Khaled's hit, "All I Do is Win.'
Matt DeYoung
Feb 8, 2012

 

No, that song’s not a part of my playlist; I stumbled upon it by mistake the other day. And the song’s not entirely appropriate (what popular hip-hop song is?) but the first line certainly sums up the efforts of the Bucs’ seniors over the past four years: “All I do is win, win, win no matter what.”

This group went 19-1 as freshmen, 20-0 as sophomores on the junior varsity team, and 26-1 a year ago as juniors.

With a 15-1 record three-quarters of the way through their senior year, these seniors (the ones who weren’t early varsity call-ups) have a combined record of 80-3 over the past three years.

Three of them — Shar’Rae Davis, Alex Law and Kaeding Skelton — will continue their basketball careers in college. Two others will play different sports at the college level.

Cassie Holwerda has received looks from several schools, but she and Morgan Hawver have put their academic careers at the top of their priority list, and both will attend the University of Michigan this fall.

Coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer has gotten to know this group intimately because they’ve spent so much time together over the past several years.

“I’ve never had seven seniors on a team before, and this is a special senior class,” she said. “They’ve really put the time and effort into this program.”

For their part, the seniors found it hard to believe they were playing their final home game on Tuesday evening.

“It was emotional,” said Davis, who joined this senior group when she transferred to Grand Haven prior to her junior season. “Everyone was cracking jokes, ‘Don’t cry!’ while we were standing out on the floor during the anthem. It was a special moment, knowing it’s the last time we’ll all be together on this floor.”

Just because their home schedule is over doesn’t mean the end of the season is near for the Bucs. They have four more road games left in the regular season, then could play as many as eight state tournament games if they were to reach the state finals.

Dreaming of a shot at a state championship isn’t much of a stretch for Grand Haven, which is ranked No. 1 in the state by both the Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press. The Bucs were also ranked No. 1 at the end of last year, and they advanced all the way to the Class A state semifinals before losing by a single point.

But of all the wins and losses this team has accomplished, nothing displays this group’s heart like Alex Law, who dislocated her kneecap during the Bucs’ quarterfinals win last spring and still toughed it out and played all 32 minutes of her team’s semifinals loss to Detroit Renaissance.

Law hurt the same knee this past weekend, and will miss the next few games. The Bucs can win these next few games without Law, and could probably sweep through the district tournament without her as well.

But at some point, they’ll need Law back in the lineup, and you can bet she’ll be ready to go. After all, she’s part of this fantastic senior class that has proven all along that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to win.

 

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