The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team put the pressure on Fruitport right away Monday night. The Warriors never trailed in a 60-40 victory.
WMC won the tip, leading to a layup. The Warriors press gave them two more easy buckets, and just like that the Trojans were down by six less than a minute into the game.
A pull-up jumper by Travis Grimm put Fruitport on the board, but WMC scored the game’s next five points to go up 11-2.
The Warriors mixed up their defensive scheme and personnel early and often, scoring in bunches every time the Trojans would put a small dent in their lead.
“They’re smart kids to be able to do that,” said WMC coach Kyle Mastenbrook. “They have to talk a lot. Smart, and tough to be able to hustle and put in that hard work.”
Fruitport coach Adam Anspach said that his inexperienced squad wasn’t ready for the length and pressure of WMC.
“A simple pass against that team can become a turnover pretty quick,” Anspach said.
WMC ended the first quarter with a 21-7 lead.
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Girls defeat Warriors on road
The Fruitport girls basketball team put together four good offensive quarters and coupled that with some great defense to get a 47-19 win over Western Michigan Christian.
Iyana Brown led Fruitport with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, Francesca Cerniglia, Janelle Vest and Allison Beckwith all added nine points each. Cerniglia also pulled down a game high nine rebounds and Caitlin Hughey put in another great defensive effort.
WMC was led by Jessica Knoll with nine points.