Longtime friends share state championship dreams

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Amanda Merz and Autumn Orm have been friends since their early elementary school days at the Voyager School in Grand Haven.

Even when Orm and her family moved out of town, the two girls remained friends.

Now, both are state champions.

Merz, a sophomore, helped guide the Buccaneers’ girls basketball team to the Class A state championship on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

Merz had a fantastic game for the Bucs. Despite standing just 5-foot-4, she led the team with eight rebounds. She added nine points, including four key free throws for the Bucs. And most important, against Grosse Pointe South’s hectic pressure defense, Merz, the Bucs’ point guard, turned the ball over only three times.

Before she and the Buccaneers took the floor, Merz had the chance to watch Orm and her current school, St. Ignace, to the Class D state crown.

Orm is a backup guard for St. Ignace. She played three minutes in her team’s 59-44 win over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes. She missed her two shot attempts.

Both Grand Haven and St. Ignace finished with undefeated records this winter.

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