Grand Haven’s varsity girls basketball team never trained in Saturday’s contest at O-K Red Conference foe Rockford.
But with under a minute to go, the Buccaneers found themselves tied with the Rams after Rockford staged a late comeback.
Senior Taylor Craymer broke that tie as she swished two clutch free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining, lifting the Bucs to a 33-31 win over the Rams.
“Those were some pressure free throws,” said Bucs’ coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer, whose team is now 12-3 overall and 4-2 in O-K Red play. “We got the ball back with 53 seconds on the clock, and we stalled until 10-15 seconds, then ran a play.”
The ball was passed several times before Mallory Beswick found Craymer down low, where she was fouled.
Rockford’s top player, junior Logan McCane, was held scoreless until the final two minutes of the game. She buried a long 3-pointer, then was fouled and made two free throws to tie the game at 31.
The Bucs surged to a 10-3 lead after one quarter of play thanks to three consecutive buckets by Craymer, who finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Amanda Merz led the Bucs with 13 points, four assists and four steals, and she also grabbed five rebounds. Beswick had two assists, three steals and three rebounds, while Amy Kober and Bailey TeBeau each had five boards for the Bucs.
Megan Batema led Rockford with seven points.
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