WMC led 12-5 at the first stop, 21-18 at intermission, but trailed 30-28 going into the final period.
Aubrey Goorman hit a free throw to put the Warriors up 38-36 with one minute left in the game. WMC would get the stop they needed on defense to keep the Orioles at bay. With only seconds remaining in the game, Ludington was called for a flagrant foul and Madison Heiss canned two free throws for the 40-36 win.
Heiss led WMC with 13 points and Goorman added 10.
“I was impressed with our defensive effort because we held a talented team to 36 points,” said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “Ludington is a very difficult place to get a win. Not only did we win at Ludington, but we took sole possession of first place. We did not execute very well tonight, but Ludington had a lot to do with it. Their ball pressure was constant all night. We don't have long to enjoy the win because Spring Lake is coming tomorrow. Hopefully, the girls can manage a back-to-back game against quality teams.”
The Warriors improve to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Ludington falls to 4-1.
WMC hosts Spring Lake today at 4:45 p.m.
WMC boys upset Ludington
The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team also came away with a road win Friday night. The Warriors put themselves in a first-place tie with Ludington by knocking off the Orioles, 48-41.
The Warriors led 7-6 at the first stop, 19-15 at intermission and 35-26 going into the final period.
However, the Orioles went on an 11-0 run in the final stanza to cut the Warrior lead to 40-39. Two key driving layups by Brant Zeerip and Hayden Hubers and free throws by Brandon Fles and Tyler VanBeek extended the WMC lead and helped the Warriors hold off the Orioles the rest of the way.
Zeerip led the Warriors with 15 points, followed by Fles with nine and Tyler Somers with eight.
“We had a great team win tonight, and I am very proud of our effort and execution on the defensive end of the floor,” said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. “We had several key contributions and they all made big plays when we needed it. Everyone played great post defense and Ty Somers was great on the boards. Brandon Fles was aggressive on the offensive end and finished with 11 points and helped give us that extra scoring lift.
“Ludington made a run down the stretch to get the game within one possession, but the guys stuck with it and were aggressive down the stretch to hang on for the win.”
The Warriors host Spring Lake today with tip-off slated for 6:30 p.m.