The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team jumped out to a 31-15 lead over Hart on Tuesday and held on for a 53-47 win.
"Our scorekeeper said we needed this kind of game going into the playoffs, and maybe we did," said Fruitport Calvary Christian head coach Brad Richards. "That Hart team never quit. It was great to see Kelsey (Richards) hit the 1,000-point mark this early in her high school career. She's worked incredibly hard and has been blessed with good health overall. Her biggest concern though is the team winning. I know that's what she's the happiest about tonight."
Richards led both teams in scoring with 29 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark of her career on the varsity team.
Also leading the Eagles was junior Brionna Johnson with 16 rebounds and five steals, Lizzie Cammenga with 10 points, and Kristina Warren with 10 assists. Emily Wesner made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to ice the game for Calvary.
Muskegon Community College-bound Yasmine Colon led the Pirates, scoring 18 of her 22 points in the second half.
The Eagles raised their record to 15-3 overall (7-0 conference) and although they have already clinched the Alliance Conference outright, they finish conference play at home Friday night against Class B Grand River Prep.
FRUITPORT GIRLS FALL SHORT AGAINST GR UNION
The Fruitport girls basketball team couldn't snap their recent struggles with a 39-33 home loss to Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday.
The Red Hawks led 13-8 after the first quarter and 25-15 at halftime.
The Trojans responded with a strong third-quarter effort to cut the lead to 32-26 heading into the final quarter of play. However, the Red Hawks did just enough down the stretch to hold off Fruitport and record the six-point road win.
Sydney Bol scored 14 points to lead the Trojans (1-16), while Kennah VerMerris added six rebounds and three assists. On Senior Night, The lone two seniors Jaydie Hanks and Izzy Raven both put up four points and four rebounds each.
SL SWIM BATTLES GRCC
The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team concluded their dual meet season with a successful effort at Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Tuesday.
The Lakers took home six event titles on the evening, getting right to work with a 1 minute, 44.35-second win in the 200-medley relay, courtesy of Cam Peel, Will Brown, Drew Fogel and Garrett Henning.
Joey Wachter followed up the performance with a win in the 200 freestyle at 1:50.47, ahead of Brown in second place at 2:02.53.
K.J. Losee took the 200 individual medley in 2:06.33, while Fogel finished second in 2:07.77.
Peel kept the streak going with a narrow win in the 50 freestyle, clocking in at 22.17.
Johnathon Meulenbelt took home top-honors in 1-meter diving with a score of 207.50, ahead of teammate Jaiden Lewis at 127.75 for third place.
Spring Lake took their first loss of the evening in style, as Fogel and Brown finished second and third in the 100 butterfly in 58.78 and 1:03.26, respectively.
They followed it up with a sweep of the 100 freestyle as Wachter took first (49.18), Losee second (49.49) and Sam Sella third (56.55).
The Cougars responded with a sweep of their own in the 500 freestyle before the Lakers grabbed a crucial 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Brown, Henning, Eric Geschiere and Wachter took first place in 1:35.91, while Peel, Sella, Tyler Munch and Fogel took second in 1:36.35.
Peel finished his day with a victory in the 100 backstroke, coming in at 58.09, ahead of Henning in second place at 1:08.54.
Collin Schock concluded the individual events with a second-place effort in the 100 breaststroke.
The Cougars took top honors in the 400 freestyle relay, while Losee, Geschiere, Evan Schock and Wachter took second in 3:32.09.
Also standing out for the Lakers were Austin Clink with best times in the 50 (26.87) and 100 (1:00.80) freestyle, Tyler Munch with the best time in the 100 freestyle (58.13) and Collin Schock with a strong performance in the 500 freestyle (5:25.96).
The Lakers now head into the postseason and will return to the pool for the Greater Grand Rapids Swim Conference championship meet on Feb. 23-24.