It’s far too late for the Buccaneers to erase that loss that sticks out like a sore thumb, but they found a way Tuesday evening to ease the sting of that setback they’ve been reminded about more times than they care to count.
Finally, redemption was realized.
Grand Haven’s defense was in lock-down mode throughout the second half at East Kentwood High School, helping the Bucs limit the host Falcons to just 16 points in the final 16 minutes of action in an impressive 45-36 victory.
The win featured an important milestone for senior Alex Law, as her late third-quarter 3-pointer helped her eclipse 1,000 points for her career. Law led the Bucs on Tuesday with 12 points.
From a team aspect, the victory was instrumental because it puts the No. 2-ranked Bucs (13-1 overall, 7-1 O-K Red) a game ahead of the ninth-ranked Falcons in the race for the O-K Red Conference championship. Grand Haven still has six league games remaining on its schedule, but the Bucs should be favored in all of them.
The program is looking to clinch its fourth league crown in the past five seasons.
“Obviously, this was a huge game because it put us in the driver’s seat in the O-K Red,” said Grand Haven coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer. “If we take care of business now, we should be in good shape.
“The kids really wanted this game,” she added. “That’s all we’ve heard about lately is ‘the East Kentwood game, the East Kentwood game.’ We came here tonight believing that losing wasn’t an option.”
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