Listen live online Friday around 7:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to girls basketball as the Hackett Catholic Irish host the Gobles Tigers. It will be the season opener for Hackett and the second game of the year for Gobles, who dropped their opener 41-34 at Allegan Tuesday.
Both squads are part of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SAC), although in different divisions. Both are also within the same district, with Hackett winning last season’s lone meeting in the district tournament, 40-22. Prior to that, Gobles held a five-game winning streak over Hackett. They didn’t meet two seasons ago. Three seasons ago, Gobles won 41-25 in a district meeting and 50-33 in the regular season.
Gobles finished 16-5 last season and graduated Hailey Baxter, who averaged a double-double per game. However, Baxter was the lone Tiger senior, meaning everyone else returns. Hackett went 18-6 and most notably lost All-SAC Valley selection Hope Baldwin. Their top two scorers from last season are back in Sydney Preston and Savannah Madden.
Listen live to Friday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with tip-off around 7:30 p.m, pending the JV result.