MHSAA Regional Title for FGR Girls Basketball
For the first time since 1993, the FGR Girls Basketball team brought home the MHSAA Regional Title, achieving this victory by defeating the Milan Big Reds 45-35. On April 5, the girls continued their historic season at Chelsea High School, taking on Parma Western in the MHSAA Quarterfinals. Though the season ended there for the girls, they gained so much from this season that will remain with them.
Head Coach Tim Cain shared that his favorite part of coaching this season was “definitely the players. These girls are willing to put their teammates first and that really has created a family atmosphere.” Coach added that he loved “watching these girls have fun on the basketball court together. The chemistry of this team was incredible.” Savannah Wing ‘21 insisted that “the thing I loved best about playing on this team was the friendship and love we have for each other. FGR basketball has given me my best friends. Our goal this season was to play for each other and to win as family. We all knew that we didn’t play for ourselves, but for the team.”
Coach Tim also acknowledged that COVID precautions made the season more mentally difficult, communicating that “I don’t think we truly believed that we would have a season until we finally played our first game against Pinckney.” Though the team initially thought they might not get any time on the court this year, their hard work in the midst of uncertainty won them a 13-5 record.
Rileigh Garbarz ‘21 believes that the stops and starts of the basketball season actually “helped the team build morale. We all wanted to do whatever we could to guarantee that we would have a season. It made us appreciate every practice and game with each other that much more knowing it could be our last.” Savannah recalls that “throughout the fall, Coach Cain and the team would come in before school at 6:00 am to do shoot arounds and ball work. Not only did this extremely help with our basketball skills but starting off my days with my teammates set me up for a good school day.”
The hard work, dedication, perseverance, and positive team experiences are central to building the successful program here at FGR, but the girls also have memories that will last a lifetime. Savannah will never forget the bus ride home from the Regional Championship. She recalls that “it was pure joy and satisfaction with the people I love, my teammates and coaches.”