TEKONSHA — Monday night’s non-conference girls basketball clash between the Tekonsha Lady Indians and the Battle Creek Academy Lady Tigers boasted perhaps the youngest collection of players to grace varsity rosters in the state of Michigan. 

The Tekonsha Lady Indians are very young, with a roster of three eighth graders, four freshman and two juniors while Battle Creek Academy may be even younger, with a team consisting of two seventh graders, three eighth graders, two freshman, one sophomore and one senior. 

Tekonsha junior Alisha Shedd looks for a reverse layup while teammates Abby Wrobel (52) and Emily Davis (44) look on Monday night

Both teams come from high schools with an enrollment of less than 50 students, with Battle Creek Academy only housing 30 total students in the high school, meaning per MHSAA rules both squads are eligible to start seventh and eighth graders on their varsity rosters. 

With that much youth both teams have spent much of the season going through a myriad of growing pains and Monday happened to be no different for both teams. In the end it was the Indians struggling to find the bottom of the bucket throughout the contest, a troubling trend that led to the Lady Indians dropping their home battle with the Battle Creek Academy Lady Tigers, falling by the score of 48-21. 

Despite their youth, the Tekonsha Lady Indians battle each and every night and show absolutely no quit every time they take the floor and Monday night was much of the same, a fact that makes Tekonsha head coach Aryn Henry have hope for the future. 

Tekonsha's Reagan Henry (30) goes up for two of her team high 13 points Monday night versus Battle Creek Academy

“We are such a young team but we are starting to figure out all the little things we’ve been working on every day in practice,” said Tekonsha head coach Aryn Henry. “We are starting to piece together all those little things we’ve been hounding on in practice consistently, just not consistently enough. Scoring continues to be a big struggle for us but hopefully those things will start coming together soon and we will able to put everything together on the court and get a win. I am so proud of where these girls have come from day one to now, it’s just amazing. Many of these girls should be playing middle school basketball and JV ball, but they are here, working hard every day and getting better each time out. There are good things ahead.”