The Buccaneers raced to a 17-2 lead over visiting West Ottawa on Friday and never looked back, cruising to a 56-32 win over the Panthers.
“I like more intense games, but there’s always something you can work on to get better,” said Bucs’ senior forward Kaeding Skelton, who had a strong game with five points and five rebounds. “We wanted to keep the lead this time, not let them make a run. We wanted to be patient on offense, because that’s what hurt us during the second quarter at Rockford.”
West Ottawa never threatened a comeback on Friday, in part due to a great defensive effort by Grand Haven. Junior center Abby Cole used her 6-foot-5 height and her long reach to change the Panthers’ shots in the paint, and the Bucs’ perimeter defense was also strong.
As the Bucs’ lead grew to 22-2, coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer had the luxury of shuffling different players onto the floor all evening, and all 13 Bucs played in the first half. Nine different players scored, led by Cole’s 15 points.
“We played about as well as we could have,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “The kids looked real comfortable out there. It looked like they were having fun.”
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