Grand Haven’s varsity water polo team had to be feeling confident after taking a 3-2 lead at the half on the No. 5 ranked team in the state, Jenison.
But the Bucs didn’t adjust well to a defensive switch by the Wildcats in the second half, and fatigue also played a factor as the host ‘Cats outscored Haven 6-0 in the second half for an 8-3 victory.
“We moved the ball well on offense and played good help defense (in the first half),” said Grand Haven coach Ian Bosmeijer. “In the second half, Jenison played more of a drop zone defense which we didn’t adjust well to. They forced several key turnovers which led to counter-attack goals.
“I think defensive switch and fatigue being the first game back from spring break played a big role.”
Sarah Snider led Grand Haven with two goals, while Jessica Hentschel scored a single goal.
Summer Lukkart was the thorn in the side for the Bucs, as she led Jenison with five goals — four of which came in its second-half rally.
Stephanie Hoover recorded six saves in goal for the Bucs, who host Forest Hills tonight at the Grand Haven Aquatic Center.