Grace Kendra said she and the Buccaneers’ girls basketball team expected a challenge from Harper Creek Chandler Park Academy on Friday.
They didn’t get one.
The Buccaneers used an 18-0 second-quarter run to take firm control of the game, and cruised to a 61-30 win over the Eagles, who traveled across the state for the non-conference contest.
“Our scouting report was kind of bare, but we knew they wanted to play us, and they were willing to drive three hours to do it,” said Kendra, who was part of a dynamic Buccaneers’ backcourt that more than held its own against Chandler Park Academy’s lightning-quick group of guards.
“One of our main focuses was, we knew they’d want to push the ball, and that’s been one of our problems is getting out of control and playing too fast,” Kendra added. “Tonight we passed really well. We played fast, but we did a good job of keeping the ball under control.”
Grand Haven took the lead just moments into the game when Abby Cole won the tip to Taylor Craymer, who fed the ball ahead to Amanda Merz. The speedy point guard coasted in for a layup, and the Bucs were off and running.
Craymer’s 3-pointer put the Bucs ahead 7-2, then Kendra knocked down a triple for a 14-9 advantage.
Kendra’s triple was the start of an 18-0 run that lasted until late in the second quarter. By that time, the Bucs were on top 29-11, and the only drama was how many Buccaneers would get their names in the scorebook.
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