Grand Haven’s varsity girls basketball team hadn’t lost since Dec. 16 of 2011, a span of 57 games covering 749 days.
That streak came to an end on Friday night as the Buccaneers came up short against rival Mona Shores at the Sailor Center, 45-41.
The contest was anybody’s game down to the last few seconds. The Sailors’ Jasmyn Walker knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining to put the contest out of reach.
“We always thought of the win streak as fun, but we knew it would come to an end at some point,” said Buccaneers’ senior Taylor Craymer, who was on the varsity team for the duration of the win streak. “To be honest, for me, it’s more motivation than anything. I feel like it’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”
The Buccaneers have been in several close games this winter, and Friday’s contest was another nail-biter, with big swings by both teams.
Jordan Walker made two free throws with 11.6 seconds left to put her team back up by four, 43-39, then Amanda Merz was fouled and made a pair from the line with 6.2 seconds remaining, making it 43-41.
The Sailors found Jasmyn Walker on the ensuing inbounds play, and she broke containment and ran the clock down to 2.8 seconds before she was fouled and made both free throws, sealing the game.
“We knew we needed to play well to win this game, and we didn’t play well enough,” said Grand Haven coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer, whose team is now 6-1 on the season. “With the weapons they have, we can’t expect to not play well and win.
“This is OK. We got the monkey off our back. This is a new team, a new year, and we have to forge our own identity. This game is good for us. If this helps us, just like the loss to East Kentwood did two years ago, then that’s great.”
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