With pride, both purple and otherwise, on the line Friday night, the Grand Haven varsity girls basketball team stood tall.
The Buccaneers — coming off a humbling Senior Night loss to Grandville and playing on a special Bucs’ Pride night honoring those with cancer — held off a late charge and defeated rival Rockford, 46-41.
“We knew this was going to be a close game,” said Bucs’ senior Baily TeBeau, who played in honor of her mother, Marianne. “Grandville was a hard loss on Senior Night. We were ready to play tonight.”
The Buccaneers came out ice cold and trailed 11-6 at the end of the first. Better execution, and some stingy defense, helped Grand Haven rally to lead 21-16 at the half. They maintained that lead for the remainder of the game, although a tenacious Rockford team made things interesting down the stretch.
The Bucs led by 10 points, 34-24, after Anna Gagnon drove to the basket and found a wide open Mallory Beswick for a baseline jumper early in the fourth.
From there, Rockford turned up the intensity, pressing full court and trapping the Bucs. Grand Haven answered by trying to run some clock, but the Rams steadily chipped away. A three-point play by Meghan Datema made it 34-29, then a steal and a long jumper by Logan McCane drew the Rams to within three at 34-31.
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