Sometimes you just need to get the monkey off your back.
One week after losing to Mona Shores to end its 57-game winning streak, Grand Haven’s varsity girls basketball team held on for a victory against rival Muskegon on Friday, 50-41.
Grand Haven coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer said her team, which no longer has a number of players who made that streak possible, didn’t throw a pity party after last week’s loss.
“I knew we would be better off tonight because of that loss,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “We knew we needed to rebound the ball better and take care of the ball.”
The Buccaneers did that in the second half — after a Kowalcyzk-Fulmer timeout in the third quarter more specifically.
“I about broke my heel telling the girls we needed to get the ball,” she said.
Power forward Taylor Craymer, who at times can drift from the basket due to her outstanding perimeter skills, began to clamp down in the paint.
The Northwood-bound senior had 11 rebounds to go with her team-leading 17 points.
Grand Haven also found some reinforcement off the bench in center Bailey TeBeau, who had six rebounds and 11 points.
TeBeau, who hasn’t always gotten a lot of playing time this season and is still recovering from surgery on her MCL this offseason, said she wanted to prove the trust her coach had put in her wasn’t misplaced.
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