Grand Haven junior Taylor Craymer can’t find a reason why the Bucs have a tendency to play down to the level of their competition in some games.
All she knew was that it wasn’t going to happen against visiting Hudsvonville on Friday at Grand Haven Fieldhouse.
The Bucs roared out of the gates with a 15-2 lead after one quarter and were never threatened by the Eagles the rest of the way in their 59-33 victory.
“We needed it,” Craymer said of the hot start. “It was great to put four quarters together and come out and play hard.”
Grand Haven remains unbeaten this season at 14-0, and stays one game ahead of Rockford in the O-K Red standings with a 5-0 mark.
Craymer had a nice night for the Bucs with nine points and also contributed nine rebounds and five steals. She was one of 11 Bucs to score in the lopsided win.
“Hudsonville has some big girls, but we felt confident with Abby (Cole) going up against (6-1 forward) Rachel Driesenga and Taylor gave up a few inches to their other big girl (6-2 center Alyssa VanHam), but she did a great job against her,” said Grand Haven coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer. “Our defense was great. Everyone was moving their feet and we pressured the ball very well.”
Grand Haven had seven different players score in the second quarter alone, as it put the game away early with a 32-9 halftime advantage.
“That’s a very good team,” said Hudsonville coach Casey Glass, whose squad falls to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in the O-K Red. “They have a lot of key parts that work very well together.”
Kowalczyk-Fulmer liked the unselfish play from her team, as they had 14 assists on their 19 field goals. Cole, the Bucs’ 6-5 center, actually led the team with four assists, as she nicely found the open player when the lane or baseline was clogged down low. Cole also led the Bucs with 10 points and pulled down six rebounds.
“We’ve got a good combination,” Craymer said. “We’ll kick it into Abby and when it’s not that, she’ll kick it out and we’ve got enough good shooters on this team.”
Craymer did a little of both, as she drained a third-quarter 3-pointer and had several strong drives where she finished with finesse finger rolls or floats in the lane.
Starting point guard Amanda Merz totaled seven points for the Bucs, while Angie Schultz came off the bench to dish off three assists. Bailey TeBeau totaled four rebounds and Jami Hogeboom swiped two steals for the Bucs.
VanHam led the Eagles with 10 points.
Although it’s not their final regular season home game, Grand Haven will host Senior Night on Tuesday against East Kentwood. The Bucs then will look to extend their league lead with a trip to Rockford next Friday.