It may have only been a scrimmage – that ended in a tie – but don’t tell that to the players, coaches and fans. Divine Child made the trip from Dearborn to play Riverview Gabriel Richard on Thursday night in a game that won’t count in the standings but it certainly counted in many other ways.
“Neither team had played in a while so it was great to play in this rivalry atmosphere and helps both of us get ready for tournaments this weekend,” said Gabriel Richard Coach Sarah Johnson.
The Pioneer coach was especially pleased with the effort her girls gave even though it was only a scrimmage.
“I loved the intensity and energy,” she said. “We were down 17-12 in that second set and came back to tie it at 17-17 because we maintained our intensity even though we were down. That’s a huge thing for us. We are young and have a lot of girls who want to get out on that court but they are going to have to earn it. This is a great way for me to see who wants to play in these type of emotional and close games.”
Richard (6-4-2) plays on Saturday at the Wyandotte Tournament.
“I’ve already seen a huge improvement in our play and tonight was another step,” Johnson said.
Divine Child Coach Rocky Cameron said she was proud of the way her team responded after dropping the first game.
“We switched around a lot of players tonight to see what matchups work best for us and we learned some things tonight,” said Cameron, in her first year on the varsity bench at DC. “We played fantastic especially in the second and third games. I thought we had a lot of energy and it was super fun.”
The Falcons are 4-3-1 overall and head to Novi for a tournament on Saturday.
The two teams played four sets with none more exciting than the first one. Pioneer took an early lead before the Falcons fought back to tie things up at 18-18. The Pioneers took the opener 22-20.
Divine Child built an 11-7 lead in the second game before Pioneer got things rolling to tie the score at 17-17. But the Falcons spiked a 21-18 win.
Divine Child led most of the way in game three on its way to a 21-15 victory.
The Falcons led the final game 9-7 before Richard took over. The Pioneers led 14-10 and cruised to a 21-12 win in the finale.