The Grand Haven girls basketball team has lost three times this season — and every time their next opponent has suffered.
After falling to West Ottawa on Friday, Grand Haven bounced back once again on Tuesday, netting a decisive victory over Hudsonville, 65-35.
“It was very important,” Grand Haven point guard Amanda Merz said of the Buccaneer’s win. “We wanted to take a step in the right direction. It was like a completely different team than when we played against West Ottawa.”
One thing that Merz said the Buccaneers worked on in between the games was refining their 2-3 zone defense.
That defense got off to a stifling start on Tuesday with six steals in the first quarter.
Merz took two of those to the house for layups.
“They swung the ball across the zone, so you could anticipate a lot,” Merz said. “I was watching the girls’ eyes, so I could see it coming, stick my hand out, and hopefully convert on the other end.”
Merz’s second coast-to-coast trip put the Buccaneers up 14-6 with 1 minute, 23 seconds left to play in the quarter.
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