Her team’s winning streak came startlingly close to ending at 39 on Tuesday night.
Grand Haven senior Taylor Craymer insists the thought never entered her mind.
Instead, Craymer focused on more important things, like knocking down a trio of key 3-pointers, helping the Buccaneers’ varsity girls basketball team stretch its win streak to 40 straight games with a gritty 45-39 win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
“It never ran through my mind,” Craymer said of losing, despite the fact that her Bucs trailed Catholic Central by six points with 7 minutes remaining. “You can’t let it get to you. I just felt like I needed to do some things to help my team.”
Craymer did just that. She buried a 3-pointer that drew the Bucs to within three points at 33-30. A few minutes later, she recorded a steal and fed the ball ahead, resulting in a layup by teammate Hannah Wilkerson, giving the Bucs 34-33 lead with 4 minutes to play.
Catholic Central answered with a runner by point guard Alyzia Dilworth to reclaim the lead, but a pair of free throws by Wilkerson gave the Bucs the lead back at 36-35.
A bucket inside by the Bucs’ Abby Cole made it 38-35, then a pair of blocks on the defensive end helped sustain the Bucs’ lead.
Grand Haven then took advantage of Catholic Central’s foul trouble, knocking down 9-of-10 fourth-quarter free throws to secure the win.
Cole made a pair of free throws for a 42-36 advantage, but Catholic Central’s Courtney Zenner drilled a 3-pointer to keep her team within striking distance in the closing moments.
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