Hoops roundup

Tribune Staff • Jan 13, 2018 at 12:28 AM

WMC flattens Orchard View

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team made short work of winless Orchard View on Friday night, schlepping the Cardinals through a 59-15 victory.

The Warriors led 24-4 at the first break, 40-6 at halftime and 57-15 heading into the final frame.

Aubrey Goorman led the way with 25 points and nine rebounds, ahead of Anna Sytsema with 15 points. Annika Eeniginburg added a spark with four rebounds and Taylor Folkema had five steals.

“The girls did well running the offense and getting out in the fast break,” WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman said. “We are putting a nice string of wins together and have a busy week next week. It will be a test for us and will help us gauge where we are.”

The victory is WMC’s eighth straight, leading them into a week with contests against Hesperia, Ludington and Spring Lake.

Junior varsity: WMC defeated Orchard View 71-6. Kelsea Waller and Kayla Johnson each put up 14 points followed by Greta VanderHeide with 12, Ema Davis with nine and Esther Hartley with eight.

WMC boys down Orchard View

The Western Michigan Christian boys picked up a 59-45 victory over Orchard View on Friday for their third win of the season.

The Warriors trailed 16-13 after the first quarter, but were able to flip for a 29-26 lead at halftime and 42-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“Orchard View came out early and was able to hit some shots from the perimeter,” WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen said. “We did not match their energy early in the game. Our defensive effort and execution was not where it needed to be early in the game.

“Tyler VanBeek hit for of his six 3-point attempts, which helped us get going on offense. We challenged our team at halftime to be better on the defensive end in the second half, and they responded really well giving up just nine points in the fourth quarter.”

“Hayden Hubers gave us a great lift off the bench tonight. He was able to get lay ups in transition and made six of seven foul shots. Our team did a nice job of changing defenses to create scoring opportunities.

Hubers led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds for WMC, while VanBeek scored 18 points and Tyler Somers added seven.

The Warriors improve to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in Lakes Eight play.

Junior varsity: WMC defeated Orchard View 59-18. Luke Moorhead and Zach Foreman each tossed in 14 points while Jake Betten added seven.

Freshmen: WMC came back after being 12 points down, but dropped a tough a 43-37 game to North Muskegon. Brekken Fairfield scored 13 points for the Warriors and Micah TerHaar added eight.

FCC drubs Byron Center Zion Christian

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team got back to their dominating ways after a tough loss to Western Michigan Christian on Tuesday, defeating Byron Center Zion Christian 65-39 Friday night.

In their Alliance League season opener, the Eagles jumped out to a 58-25 lead over the Mountaineers and coasted to victory on the heels of a monstrous triple-double performance by sophomore standout Kelsey Richards.

Richards recorded 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, followed on the stat sheet by Lizzie Cammenga with 19 points, Bree Johnson with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Kristina Warren with 10 points. Emily Wesner swiped seven steals.

“We only play each team once a year in our conference, so every game is critical either home or on the road,” FCC head coach Brad Richards said. “I couldn’t be happier with the intensity and sense of urgency that our girls played with tonight. It has been a tough week, but we have tough girls.”

The victory extends FCC’s impressive conference winning streak to 35 games with 67 wins in their last 71 Alliance League contests.

Fruitport trounced at Kenowa Hills

The Fruitport boys basketball team fell to O-K Black Conference competitor Kenowa Hills on Friday night, 74-33.

The Knights led 15-5 at the first break, 29-17 at halftime and 47-28 heading into the final frame.

Senior guard Cam Oleen led the Trojans with eight points. They host Grand Rapids Union in another conference contest at home Tuesday.

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