It was a packed house Tuesday at Schoolcraft High School for big games between the Eagles and Hackett Catholic Irish. In the boys contest, Schoolcraft ended 2nd-ranked Hackett’s unbeaten season with a 63-47 victory. In the girls game, Hackett erased a 12-point hole for a 51-38 win.
In the boys game, the Eagles led the entire contest, although they didn’t start to pull away until the second half. Schoolcraft held a 18-9 lead after the first quarter, a 34-27 advantage at halftime, then a 49-36 lead after three. The X-factor was Caleb Eustice, who wasn’t available in their January loss at Hackett because of transfer rules. He led the Eagles with 22 points Next in line was Max Kulczyk with 14. Cooper Smith topped the Irish with 18.
It ends a five-game drought for Schoolcraft against Hackett, getting their first boys win since January 31, 2014. Both teams are 16-1 overall and 9-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Valley Division. They split the season series with a potential rubber match looming in the regional tournament in a few weeks.
The girls ended up splitting the season series as well, as Hackett avenged an overtime loss on their home floor from January. Schoolcraft controlled the game early, holding a 12-point lead at one point. They went into halftime up 28-19. The Irish responded with a 32-10 second half, starting with an 18-5 third quarter, to pull off the win.
Sydney Preston led Hackett with 19 points, Hope Baldwin added 14. Both Lydia Goble and Wynn Stitt topped the Eagles with eight. Both squads sit at 13-5 on the season, Schoolcraft is 8-3 in Valley play with Hackett at 7-3, both sit behind unbeaten Galesburg-Augusta. Like the boys, these teams could meet again in the regional semifinals.
Hackett hosts Kalamazoo Christian in boys and girls play Friday, which can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network. Schoolcraft will welcome Delton-Kellogg Friday night.
Listen back to both of Tuesday’s games below: