Prep Basketball Roundup

Tribune Staff • Jan 17, 2018 at 12:21 AM

The Western Michigan Christian boys and girls squads picked up wins over Hesperia, while the Fruitport Calvary Christian girls team pushed their conference win streak to 36 games. 

Western Michigan Christian boys cruise past Hesperia

The host Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team moved their season mark to 5-3 with a non-conference 57-30 win Tuesday over Hesperia.

The Warriors led 17-7 at the first stop, 30-13 at halftime and 45-20 going into the final period.

Senior Tyler VanBeek led the way for the Warriors with 18 points, followed by Brant Zeerip with 13 and Tyler Somers with 10.

“We competed well as a team tonight,” said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. “It was great to be able to work on a few things in the second half. We were able to take care of the ball really well and rebound the ball, which was two of our team goals for this game. We look forward to getting ready to go play a very good Ludington team Friday.”

Junior varsity: WMC defeated Hesperia, 52-14. Zach Foreman tossed in 11 points, followed by Charlie Alfree with 10 and Brevin Byrne with seven.

WMC girls make short work of Hesperia

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team picked up an easy non-conference road win Tuesday night, dispatching Hesperia by a final score of 65-33.

The Warriors led 18-7 at the first stop, 32-21 at halftime and 49-27 going into the final period.

Aubrey Goorman led the Warriors (9-1) with 17 points and six steals, while Jenna Houskamp tossed in 13 points, and Anna Sytsema chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.

“We came into the game wanting to work on our man-to-man defense and rebounding,” said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “We came away with 21 steals and only had 13 turnovers, so that was a positive. I thought our defensive rebounding was below average and the girls did not show a sense of urgency to get to loose balls. Overall, we had a lot of girls produce offense tonight with eight girls getting into the scoring column. Houskamp provided a huge spark and shot the ball really well.”

Junior varsity: WMC defeated Hesperia, 63-29. Kelcea Waller tossed in 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had six steals to lead the Warriors; while Peyton Allen put up 12 points, four assists and two steals; and Jayla Johnson scored 10 points, six rebounds, and three steals.

Fruitport Calvary girls plant Potter’s House

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team navigated through some offensive struggles to come away with a 48-26 win over Wyoming Potter’s House on Tuesday night.

The Eagles struggled through some scoring droughts that included a five-minute scoreless stretch to open the second half, but did more than enough to hold the Pumas at bay.

The conference win gives the Eagles their 36th straight league win dating back four seasons.

"I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty,” said Fruitport Calvary Christian head coach Brad Richards. “Tonight, our players ground this one out, and I'm really proud of their effort. Basketball is identical to life. In the real world, you can back down and retreat from problems or you can fight through them like God asks us to do. Tonight, we fought through the adversity.”

Kelsey Richards scored 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and swiped five steals to lead the Eagles (6-3), while Brionna Johnson added a school-record tying 25 rebounds to go along with eight points.

Emily Wesner chipped in with eight points, while Kristina Warren tallied six assists.

Germaine Hounakey scored 11 points to lead the Pumas.

Fruitport boys fall to Grand Rapids Union

The Fruitport boys basketball team fell behind 15-4 in the first quarter and never recovered against visiting Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday in a 68-29 home loss.

Cam OIeen led the Trojans with 11 points. 

Fruitport girls can’t hold off Grand Rapids Union

The Fruitport girls basketball team held a 19-14 halftime lead at Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday, but couldn’t hold off a surging Red Hawks squad.

Union would go on to outscore the Trojans 43-23 in the second half to record a 57-42 home win. 

Emily Dirkse led the Trojans with 13 points, while Jaydie Hanks added eight points and Sydney Bol pulled down 8 rebounds.

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