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GH girls roll in tune-up before Tuesday’s showdown

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:21 AM

The Buccaneers overcame a sluggish start to blow out the visiting Wildcats, 57-31, in front of a big crowd at Grand Haven Fieldhouse.

“In a game like that, we just want the girls to go out and play hard,” said Buccaneers’ coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer, whose team led 33-9 at halftime. “We had a lot of unselfish play tonight. Jenison is probably the smallest team in the league, and we did a nice job early of getting the ball inside.”

The Bucs’ size advantage was evident in the opening quarter as 6-foot, 5-inch center Abby Cole scored seven of her 11 points in the opening frame. Forward Cassie Holwerda added six first-half points and Hannah Wilkerson got inside for a pair of baskets in the second quarter against the smaller Wildcats.

With the victory, the No. 2-ranked Buccaneers are now 12-1 overall and 6-1 in O-K Red Conference play. Grand Haven next heads to East Kentwood on Tuesday with a chance to avenge their lone loss of the season.

“We need another challenge to see where we’re at, so we’re looking forward to that game,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “We’re playing a lot better now than we were back on Dec. 16. Our chemistry is better and we’re finding each other better.”

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