Three questions: GH girls basketball

Can the Bucs match their success from the last 2 seasons?
Matt DeYoung
Dec 4, 2013

Grand Haven’s varsity girls basketball team opens its season on Thursday night with a home game against Traverse City West, followed by a home date with Traverse City Central on Friday.

The following are three questions the Bucs will have to answer as they attempt to defend their Class A state title for the second consecutive year.

1. Gone is all-everything Abby Cole, who guided the team to an 81-2 record and two state championships in her three years on the varsity team. Can the Bucs be competitive without Cole on the court?

In a word, yes. Grand Haven returns enough talent to be a very competitive team, especially against teams across West Michigan. Taylor Craymer is a 6-1 senior who can play any position on the court. She can knock down the 3, handle the point guard duties and post up inside. She’ll be a nightmare for opposing teams. In addition, point guard Amanda Merz is back, along with part-time starter Mallory Beswick at the other guard spot. They’ll make life miserable on opposing guards with their in-your-face defense. Throw in plenty of other talented players, and the Bucs are good enough to be considered favorites in the O-K Red Conference.

Are they good enough to win on a bigger stage? That remains to be seen. Remember, the Buccaneers weren’t expected to be a dominant team last year. They had lost a majority of their talent from the 2011-12 state championship team. Nobody expected a 28-0 season and another state championship.

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Comments

LIAMD

I wish the team all the success in the world, 'yes' they will be competitive and very good. We will surely miss the most prolific and greatest female athlete to perhaps ever walk the halls of GHHS and the impact she had on and off the court. GO BUCS !

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