Fruitport Calvary girls basketball team can’t knock off top-ranked Irish

Tribune Staff • Mar 9, 2018 at 12:19 AM

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team saw an impressive season come to a close at the hands of top-ranked Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in a 37-20 loss on Thursday night in the Class D regional finals at Big Rapids Crossroads Academy.

The Eagles led at halftime, 12-11, behind the strength of a gameplan that had the squad slowing the pace of the game down to counteract the Irish’s ability to score points in the transition game.

In the second half, the Eagles struggled with turnovers, and Sacred Heart slowly pulled away for a 21-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. Calvary battled back to close within one possession at 21-18 with four minutes to go in the game, but again the turnover bug hit and Calvary was only able to score two points the remainder of the way and was forced to foul.

"Our girls and coaches gave it everything we had,” said Fruitport Calvary head coach Brad Richards. “We have nothing to be ashamed of, and this team is going to go down as one of the most special teams in Calvary history. We were conference champions, district champions in a very tough district, and we advanced to the regional finals.

“I couldn't be more proud of everyone here. A huge thanks to everyone involved in our program, especially to our assistants Dan Hamilton, Jim Warren and Joy Richards for the daily grind and keeping the girls focused. If our girls keep working over the summer, we'll be in the conversation to go farther next year."

Brionna Johnson scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles (20-4), while Lizzy Cammenga added eight points.

Both teams' respective All-State candidates were the focus of double and triple teams as the Eagles, behind the play of Emily Wesner, held Scout Nelson of Sacred Heart to just two points. The Sacred Heart defense held the Eagles’ Kelsey Richards to just four points.

Hayden Terwilliger scored 13 points to lead the Irish (24-0), who advance to face Bellaire (21-3) in Monday’s quarterfinals at Mason County Central High School.

The future is bright for the Eagles, as the program won’t lose any players from this year’s roster that went 20-4. This year’s squad marks Fruitport Calvary's fifth straight season with 20 or more wins.

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