GH girls shooting for 35th straight win on Friday

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Will Grandville truly be a test for Grand Haven’s varsity girls basketball team on Friday, or will the Bulldogs be just another bump in the road for the Buccaneers?

Grand Haven has won three straight O-K Red Conference championships and four of the last five. The Bucs took last year’s league title despite a Dec. 15 loss to East Kentwood.

Since that time, the Buccaneers have won 34 consecutive games.

Coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer expected her team — which graduated four starters off last year’s state championship squad — to be seriously tested in Tuesday’s highly-anticipated showdown between Grand Haven and Class B powerhouse Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Unfortunately, that game never took place, thanks to the winter storm that shut down much of West Michigan.

That means Judgement Week for the Buccaneers comes down to Friday’s showdown at Grandville.

“Grandville’s a really good team. They’re a good shooting team, although they didn’t shoot the ball well in their loss to Catholic Central,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “That will be a really tough game for us. It might be one of the toughest games of the season.”

Grand Haven hasn’t had many close games this year. Despite returning only one starter from a year ago, the Bucs’ senior-laden lineup has dominated through 11 games, winning by an average of 19.5 points per game. Only one team — Wayland — was able to stay within double figures. The Bucs won that game, 59-50, after leading by just a point going into the fourth quarter.

Kowalczyk-Fulmer certainly isn’t one to run up the score on other teams, preferring instead to get as much playing time for her bench players as possible. That makes Grand Haven’s average margin of victory all the more impressive.

“I don’t care if we win by 5 or 50, as long as we win,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said.

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