After a tight first half against host Kenowa Hills in the Class A district quarterfinal game, Grand Haven put the Knights in their place.
The Bucs outscored the underdog Knights 14-4 in the third quarter and finished out a 55-38 victory. Grand Haven (11-10 overall) advances to Wednesday’s district semifinal game against Fruitport, which received a first-round bye. The game will be played at Mona Shores High School.
Grand Haven was tied at 16-all after one quarter with the Knights, who entered the game with just two wins. The Bucs managed to take a 28-24 lead into the half.
Bucs’ senior guard Sean Steffel had his typical strong game with a team-high 14 points, but his supporting cast was equally as strong, including senior backcourt mate Kevin LaCroix. The 5-foot-9 LaCroix totaled 13 points and five rebounds.
Senior forward Ty VanWieren also had a strong effort with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Lucas Soltys led Kenowa Hills (2-19) with 11 points.
Bucs’ coach Steve Hewitt said the difference came on the defensive end.
“We defended the 3 better,” Hewitt said. “They came out and made four 3’s in the first quarter. We were tentative to get out on them. We also pressed them, and that helped a lot to get them out of their rhythm.”
The Bucs take on Fruitport on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The second game of the night features Muskegon, a 69-54 winner over Cedar Springs on Monday, against Mona Shores, which beat Reeths-Puffer, 66-54.