Close friends Skelton, Law to be rivals in the GLIAC

Grand Haven varsity girls basketball coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer remembers driving to Kenowa Hills to watch a promising group of fifth-grade basketball players, because really, it's never too early to scout the talent in your program. Two that stood out on the undefeated middle school team were Alex Law and Kaeding Skelton. Seven years later, the duo added another chapter to their basketball careers on Wednesday, as both signed national letters-of-intent to play college basketball during the early signing period.
Nate Thompson
Nov 10, 2011

 

Both Law and Skelton will play at Division 2 schools and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Law committed to the University of Findlay in April and finalized that pledge on Wednesday. Skelton narrowed down her list of college choices much more recently, and finally settled on Lake Erie College. Their choices will increase the number of Buccaneers in the conference to three, as Emma Veach is also entering her junior season at Michigan Tech.

“I’ve been here 14 years and in that time, I’ve had one person (Maggie Dwyer) go Division 1 and another (Veach) go Division 2,” said Kowalczyk-Fulmer. “And now in one year, we’ve got two kids signed to Division 2. It’s great to see.

“They’ve each put a lot of time into the game and it’s nice to see their hard work being rewarded.”

Skelton, a 6-foot forward/center, played a reserve role on a Buccaneers’ team that reached the Class A state semifinals last season, but has impressed college coaches with her play in the AAU circuit with the Michigan Rage. She said she was also strongly considering the University of Charleston (W.V.), as well as Division 3 schools Calvin, Alma and Albion.

The opportunity to play early at Lake Erie was a big selling point, Skelton said. The school is located in Painesville, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. The Storm are a recent addition to the GLIAC, having joined in 2010.

“I liked the coaching style there and when I visited I had a chance to practice with the team, and I got along well with a lot of the players,” Skelton said, the daughter of Mike and Martha Skelton. “Plus the campus is really cute and they’ve got a good business school, which I’m considering as a major.”

Skelton will follow in footsteps of older brother Bill in playing athletics in the GLIAC. Bill Skelton enjoyed a strong career as a quarterback at Hillsdale College, where he started from 2000-2003.

Skelton said that they first time Lake Erie would play Findlay she may “ball her eyes out,” because it would mean having to play against one of her best friends in Law. The duo are AAU teammates and have played on the same team since their middle school days.

The pair joked about the possibility of trash talking each other on the court the first time they met.

“I’ll be able to get in her mind better,” Skelton said with a grin.

“Kaeding’s the type that won’t be affected by it, but she’ll probably start laughing on the court,” Law added.

Law is stepping into a good situation at Findlay, which tied for first place in the GLIAC’s South Division at year ago with a 12-7 record. The Oilers were 17-10 overall.

“I really like the coaches and I like the way they play,” Law said when she committed in April. “They play a lot of guards, they push the ball and shoot the 3. Plus, I get along really well with the rest of the players. They’re all really nice and really accepting.”

The 5-10 Law, the daughter of Dave and Lori Law, has been the Bucs’ top shooting threat from long distance during her three-year varsity career. Last season, she averaged 13 points per game. She also hit 36 percent of her 3-point attempts and sank 84 percent of her free throws.

“She’s one of the best 3-point and free throw shooters in the state and the best pure shoter I’ve ever coached,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said.

Grand Haven’s program may not be done adding talent to the college ranks. Starting point guard Shar’Rae Davis remains undecided on her college future but is being recruited by several schools.
 

 

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