The Grand Haven girls basketball team is not used to losing, but boy do the Buccaneers know how to recover when they do.
A little more than two weeks after following up a loss to Mona Shores with a win against Muskegon, Grand Haven did it once again — this time on the road, and decisively.
No. 8 ranked (Class A) Grand Haven followed up Friday's loss to East Kentwood in a big way on Tuesday, defeating Grand Rapid Catholic Central, 44-29.
Catholic Central is ranked No. 6 in Class B, and has beaten O-K Red front-runners West Ottawa and Rockford, the latter of whom Grand Haven will see on Friday.
"It feels good to finally get back on track," said Bucs’ senior Taylor Craymer. "It was a total team effort. It's good to have smiles coming out of the locker room."
It was hard to get a feel which team would be smiling for most of the first quarter. There were four lead changes between the squads to open play. The last of those lead changes was grabbed by Grand Haven, and the Bucs never relinquish it.
Guard Mallory Beswick found teammate Amy Kober in transition after a missed Cougar's 3-pointer to claim a 9-8 lead.
Then, backcourt mate Amanda Merz picked off a pass flung across the Grand Haven zone. The steal turned into a Craymer jumper on the other end.
Craymer hit a 3-pointer on the Buc's next possession, giving the visitors a 14-8 lead, and another 3 at the beginning of the second increased the advantage to 17-8.
Craymer scored seven of her team-high 17 points in the first quarter. The forward also led the Bucs with 13 rebounds.
"I can't drive because of my ankle right now, so I figured I had to hit from the outside and get boards — and that's what I did," Craymer said.
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