It was quite the beginning for the Fruitport girls basketball team.
The Trojans utilized a full-court press to jump out to a 10-0 lead Tuesday night against Ravenna, cruising to a 61-19 victory.
“I thought we were a talented team, but you just never know,” coach Bob German said. “Even as a coach, you’re trying to get through those first-game jitters. We had actually only practiced on a full court two times, up until today’s game. We plan on trying to put some pressure on people, and we were able to get away with that in the first quarter and just kind of blew open the game.”
The Trojans went back to the press in the third quarter, after getting a bit lackadaisical in the second, and outrebounded the Bulldogs 58-28 on the evening. Many of those rebounds were on the offensive end, leading to second-chance points for Fruitport.
One Trojan taking advantage of the opportunities was Francesca Cerniglia. Cerniglia had 13 points and 10 rebounds, seven of which were offensive.
“Francesca is our workhorse,” German said. “You really can’t ask more from (Francesca) from the standpoint of all-out effort. She’s just an outstanding offensive rebounder. She kind of has a knack for the ball, keeps it high and put its right back up. We expect great things from her this year. She’s a leader and she gives it everything she has.”
Caitlin Hughey and Janelle Vest also hit the boards hard, coming down with nine apiece.
Freshman Iyana Brown had an outstanding varsity debut, leading the Trojans with 15 points. Brown was also a huge part of the Fruitport defensive effort, using her length and quickness to come up with four steals.
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