Bucs stand tall in opener

Alex Law said she hasn't thought for a minute about breaking the school record at Grand Haven for career points, but the way she started her season Friday, she may be hearing a lot more about it soon.
Nate Thompson
Dec 3, 2011

All of Law’s six field goals came from beyond the 3-point line, helping her score a game-high 20 points in the Bucs’ season-opening 58-38 victory over a talented Traverse City Central squad.

“I really didn’t know about it until I saw I was close to it in the (newspaper),” Law said, a 5-foot-11 senior who has signed to play at the University of Findlay (Ohio).

“I’m more concerned about getting as many wins as possible for this team.”

With the depth and talent Grand Haven possesses, Law should be able to enjoy plenty of victories while closing in on Emma Veach’s school record of 1,293 points.

When the Bucs took care of the basketball against the trapping zone defense of the Trojans, they excelled.

There were a few rough spots with turnovers (they finished with 17), a big reason why Grand Haven led by just two points at 12-10 early in the second quarter. But

Law and her teammates quickly heated up, turning in a 20-4 run over the next six minutes of action to pull comfortably ahead.

Grand Haven took a 35-16 lead into the half, and maintained its 19-point lead following an 8-8 third quarter.

The Bucs were never threatened throughout the second half, which Kowalczyk-Fulmer thought was an impressive feat. Twelve of the Bucs’ 13 players on their roster saw action and nine different players scored.

“(Traverse City Central’s) got three girls who are going to college to play basketball,” she said. “They’re a very good team, so to beat them by 20 is a nice start.”

Although the Bucs’ post players didn’t put up a lot of offensive numbers, they excelled in other areas — notably rebounding and defense. The Bucs had a total of 40 rebounds, led by 6-1 senior Kaeding Skelton’s nine.

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