The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team led for most of their Tuesday night matchup with Grandville Calvin Christian but faltered in the fourth quarter to drop the contest, 49-46.
The Warriors led 19-7 after the first quarter, but the Squires forced a 28-28 tie at halftime and WMC took back a 36-33 lead heading into the fourth.
Aubrey Goorman led the Warriors with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Anna Sytsema netted eight points while grabbing 15 rebounds, while Madison Heiss netted 11 points. Addison Liggett added eight points and Jenna Houskamp put in five points and grabbed six rebounds.
"The girls were extremely focused at the beginning of the game and executed," WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. "Calvin pushed up the tempo in the second quarter and was able to get our out of rhythm.
"Aubrey and Anna did a terrific job in corralling 27 boards between them. Unfortunately, Calvin's pressure and depth hurt us as the game went on.
"Overall, I was pleased with our defensive intensity in comparison to our first game. We are looking forward to the conference games beginning at Manistee on Friday."
Junior varsity: The WMC JV team defeated Calvin Christian 35-30 Tuesday night. Taylor Folkema led the way with 10 points, followed by Kayla Johnson with seven and Payton Allen with 6
WMC BOYS DROP TO CALVIN CHRISTIAN
The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team grabbed an early lead over the Squires, but couldn't hold on late, falling by a final score of 66-45.
The Warriors led 16-14 after the first quarter before falling behind in the second to trail 29-31 at halftime. Calvin Christian continued to push the issue, leading 48-40 heading into the final quarter and holding WMC to five points down the stretch.
WMC's Tyler VanBeek led the way with 15 points, including three three-pointers, while Nolan Fairfield added nine points.
"We did not play the kind of defense we need to play to beat a quality opponent," WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen said. "We were able to make some shots in the first half. Tyler VanBeek made a few threes to give us an early lead, but we were outrebounded by a good Calvin Christian team and we gave them too many open looks.
"I was proud of the way our team competed and we look forward to continued improvement."
Junior varsity: The WMC boys JV team fell to Calvin Christian 52-38. Solomon Waller led the way with 24 points for the Warriors.
Freshmen: The WMC freshman boys team defeated Calvin Christian 54-33. Brekken Fairfield led with 14 points.
FRUITPORT GIRLS NO MATCH FOR ZEELAND EAST
The Fruitport girls basketball team had a tough outing at Zeeland East on Tuesday, falling to the Chix, 64-14.
Kailey Carmean led the Trojans with nine points, while Ellie Fisher added nine rebounds.
Junior varsity: Zeeland East defeated Fruitport, 40-9. Teiyah Patterson scored three points to lead the Trojans, while Jessica Paquin, Gabrielle Sturtevant and Brooklyn Poole each had two.
FRUITPORT CALVARY FALLS TO MASON COUNTY CENTRAL
The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season with a 49-32 loss to Mason County Central on Tuesday.
Mason County jumped out to a 24-16 halftime advantage and added to the lead in the second half.
"They've got athletes all across the spectrum, and we just struggled to match up with them," said head coach Brad Richards after the game.
Lizzie Cammenga led the Eagles with 18 points, while Bree Johnson hauled in 16 rebounds.