BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
The season may be young, but the Grosse Ile girls’ basketball team is off to a good start and second-year Coach Darla Palamara is happy.
The Devils sit on a 3-2 overall record and are 1-1 in Huron League play, but it is their work ethic that is impressing their coach the most.
“Overall their effort has been improving in each game,” Palamara said. “(This is) a great group of girls this year. I’m most impressed with their defense and communication on the floor.”
A year ago, Grosse Ile finished 9-5 in the Huron League and were 12-10 overall.
This season, they returned many key players and mixed with some strong newcomer work, they seem to be clicking.
Guard and captain Madison Swick returned as a key player this season for her final outing in the Red Devil uniform. She was joined by senior post player Charlotte Will and junior guard Marisa Swick.
Joining the team this season was sophomore Helana Formentin, a power forward player with a natural athletic ability. Palamara is pleased with the play of Formentin and the Swick sisters as well as the defensive efforts from senior Lindsay Miles. Overall, Palamara is looking forward to her team becoming more aggressive on offense and fighting hard on defense.
“We’re still looking to improve on our pass selection and offensive drive,” she said. “I’m looking forward to every game this season. Our goal is to get better every day.”
The Red Devils played in their annual league crossover game against Carlson on Dec. 21.
They’ll be back to league play Jan. 8 when they host Riverview.