When Taylor Craymer misses her first few shots, she tends to stop shooting.
But when she hits those early shots, it’s usually a good omen for the Grand Haven varsity girls basketball team.
In Friday’s Class A state semifinals against Westland John Glenn, it was the latter.
Craymer, the Bucs’ 6-foot-1 junior forward, swished her first two 3-point attempts and finished with 20 points. Her contribution was key to the Bucs’ 55-46 victory.
“That was a momentum-changer,” Craymer said after the game. “I knew I had to come out and play.”
But her Craymer’s biggest contributions may have come in the fourth quarter. She scored 10 of the Bucs’ 21 points in the final stanza as the they outscored the Rockets, 21-10.
She scored from the free throw line, on offensive rebounds, and most notably, beating the Rockets’ pressure defense down the floor for easy baskets.
“She came out on fire, and that was huge,” Bucs’ coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “She had 20 points, and this was her best offensive output on the year.”
Craymer’s versatility on offense was on display. She possesses a rare ability to step back and hit the 3, drill the mid-range jumper, and slip open for easy looks under the basket. She’s also rock solid from the free throw line, where she made all four of her attempts on Friday.
The Bucs could use another big showing from Craymer against Grosse Pointe South today. South will certainly pack the post to slow down all-state center Abby Cole, forcing the Bucs to shoot from the outside.