Source: Sherman Publications

The Goodrich Girls basketball team wins second Class B crown

by David Fleet

March 13, 2013

By David Fleet


East Lansing-The 2013 Goodrich girls basketball season ended the same way as the 2012 campaign concluded.

With a state championship.

The Goodrich Lady Martians successfully defended their Class B state title on Saturday, defeating Flint Powers Catholic Chargers 51-34 at the Jack Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Martian Tania Davis had 20 points and Tyler Gleason tossed in 14 with 11 rebounds in the victory.

“This year’s title feels different than last year,” said Goodrich Head Coach Jason Gray. “It’s like having two kids—you just love them both, but differently.”

“We were very well prepared for the run at the state championship,” he said. “I felt like we were the better team and we played like it. Powers lost confidence while we gained confidence. We had a decent lead, 28-6 going into halftime—I told the girls we still have work to do.”

The 2012-13 team were talented even with some setbacks, added Gray.

“When we lost players to injuries (Taylor Gleason and Tania Davis) other girls had the opportunity to step up and they did. They did the things during the games they should and needed to do. That was the key to this season. We’ve played good defense all year long, we kept a hand in the face of the opposition and we rebounded very well.”

“The team puts a lot of time in during the off-season and it showed, winning 77 of our last 82 games,” said Gray.

In the pre-season Gray scheduled eight tough teams.

“Last year we had the perfect season at 27-0 and started the 2012-13 season 5-0,” he said. “Then we lost a game against a Twinsburg, Ohio team, then to Freeland and Ann Arbor Huron. Those losses we built on. They exposed some of our weaknesses that we needed to work on.”

While rolling up an impressive 293-41 record over 14 years at the helm of the Lady Martians would seem to be an attractive item on his resume for college teams, Gray said it just not going to happen.

“No college team has contacted me yet,” he laughed. “I’ll stay and coach as long as they want me to here at Goodrich. The second title should etch our place in the state among top elite teams, a sport often dominated by private schools. Public schools can get it done, too.”

Gray said it will be June before he’ll start thinking about next season.

While Goodrich High School and Flint Powers High School are only about 22 miles apart in Genesee County, the coaches for both teams are almost neighbors.

“Powers Coach Thom Staudacher lives about five houses away from me in Grand Blanc,” laughed Gray. “We’re still good neighbors.”