Ann Arbor is having another big year on the hardwood but the great play and impressive accomplishments haven’t been limited to just the big boys – and girls. Teams like Greenhills and Arbor Prep have been playing pretty good basketball and could make some noise in the upcoming state playoffs.
And speaking of good and basketball and noise and playoffs – there is the Rudolf Steiner girls’ basketball team that is creating quite a “storm” in the high school basketball landscape.
The Storm have stormed out to a 15-2 record with the only losses coming in non-league games against Christ the King. They picked up their 15th win of the season on Friday with a 40-32 win over Calhoun Christian – currently ranked in Division 4.
The team is led by senior captains Izzy Andrews and Anneka Hallstrom. Andrews is averaging a team-best 16.6 points per game, 4.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds while Hallstrom is averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Junior Audrey Rosier is averaging 7.1 points.
The team is coached by Mike Doyle, in his first year with the Storm.
“The opportunity to coach them came when we found out Coach Brent was moving and Izzy asked me to be their coach for her senior season,” Doyle said. “Being a fan of the girls team for years due to their unselfish play and joy for the game I made a way logistically to make this happen for myself and for them and it has been a blessing ever since.”
Doyle was handed plenty of talent and senior leadership to work with. Everything just came together rather quickly.
“I think we have done so well due to our senior leadership,” Doyle said. “Izzy and Anneka every day at practice lead the other girls in doing things correctly and encourage a team environment. It is basically like having two assistant coaches on the floor at all times.”
Defense also has helped send games into the win column.
“The other thing is it starts with our man-to-man defense,” said Doyle. “Each player has a responsibility depending on where the ball is at and we improve week to week on this. There has been multiple times this year we have held teams to 0 or 2 points in a quarter.”
And the team’s offense starts with the defense and pushing the ball up the floor.
“When we get a defensive rebound or a deflection on defense we are always looking to push the ball while the other team is scrambling back,” Doyle said.
So far, so good (great)!
The Storm play Livingston Christian on Friday in their final regular-season game.
Rudolf Steiner will play in the Class D MHSAA playoffs. The Storm open up against Lutheran Westland at 5:30 p.m. on March 4 in the Plymouth Christian District 121. The winner will play at 5:30 p.m. on March 6 against Ann Arbor Central Academy. The finals are at 7 p.m. on March 8.