Fruitport, WMC girls hoops open seasons with victories

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Fruitport varsity girls basketball coach Bob German was concerned in the preseason about who could provide some scoring punch on his roster that was dominated by inexperinece.

At least for one game, Bre Burns answered the question.

Fruitport’s junior guard poured in 21 points, leading the Trojans to a season-opening 60-16 victory at Ravenna on Tuesday evening.

Fruitport had a slim 7-2 lead after one quarter of action, but the Trojans’ press began to cause Ravenna trouble, helping the visitors score 19 in the second and cruise to the win.

“We had a 34-12 lead at the half and never looked back,” German said.

Aside from her offensive contributions, Burns also grabbed seven rebounds. Allison Beckwith chipped in with 10 points for the Trojans, while Caitlin Hughey grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and Jessica Erny had seven steals.

Ravenna had only three players score during the contest and was led by Alocen Humanes’ nine points.

Fruitport returns to the court on Friday and it hosts Reeths-Puffer in a non-conference clash.
Junior Varsity: Fruitport dropped its season-opener to Ravenna, 33-18, despite four points and eight rebounds from Delany Bennett and nine rebounds from Alyssa Veihl.

A big fourth quarter propelled host Western Michigan Christian’s varsity girls basketball team to a 42-32 win Tuesday night over Whitehall in both squad’s season-opening contest.

Plagued by early foul trouble, the Warriors had to sit their two returning starters, Rachel Bruinsma and Vanessa Eekhoff, for long stretches.

The game was tied 16-16 at intermission and 26-all going into the final period.

The Warriors rushed out to an early lead in the fourth quarter as Bruinsma and Eekhoff each hit a bucket and Bruinsma added two free throws to give the Warriors a 32-26 lead that they never relinquished. They outscored the Vikings 16-6 in the final quarter.

Junior Jessica Knoll led the Warriors with 12 points and three assists while Bruinsma and Eekhoff each chipped in with eight points. Eekhoff also pulled down 11 rebounds while Julie Merz had eight steals, three assists and four points.

Sophomore Lindsey Johnson chipped in with six points and Cassidy Kraker added four.
Junior Varsity: WMC dropped a hard-fought 21-19 decision to the Vikings. Freshman Mikki Erickson led the Warriors with five points followed by Kristina Veurink and Melanie Weesies with four each.


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