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Prep Roundup: Covenant Christian stuns Fruitport Calvary with buzzer-beater

Tribune Staff • Feb 9, 2019 at 12:30 AM

The Grand Rapids Covenant Christian girls basketball team hit a go-ahead shot on an offensive rebound and putback with 0.1 of a second left in the game to score a 55-54 upset win over Fruitport Calvary Christian on Friday night.

"We knew it would be a tough game after they took Western Michigan Christian into overtime on Tuesday, and it was," said Fruitport Calvary Christian head coach Brad Richards. "It's disappointing to lose the way we did. In 26 years of coaching, we've never had a team lose at the buzzer, because we gave up multiple offensive rebounds on the last play with the lead, and it's a real shame.

"Our kids fought hard, but we completely wasted a very good night on the offensive end with poor rebounding and occasional lack of effort on defense. I'm not happy with our conditioning, either. I don't believe in moral victories, a loss is a loss. Losing stings, it's very, very frustrating, and we must learn from it."

Abby Kaptein scored 17 points to lead Covenant Christian, while Danielle Lubbers added 10 points.

Kelsey Richards scored 24 points to lead the Eagles, while Brionna Johnson added 15 and Lizzie Cammenga added 13. Kristina Warren had a season-high eight assists.


WMC GIRLS STAY PERFECT IN LAKES EIGHT

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team stayed perfect in the Lakes Eight Conference with a 58-3 win over Orchard View on Friday night.

The Warriors led 12-1 at the first stop, 26-3 at halftime and 44-3 going into the final period.

Taylor Folkema put up 14 points for WMC and had four steals, while Anna Sytsema scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Meghan Heiss had seven assists, while Peyton Allen had eight points and four steals.

"I was pleased with our intensity the second half," said WMC coach Jeremy Goorman. "All the girls were playing stellar defense. I thought Greta VanderHeide played her most physical game of the year."


 WMC BOYS GO COLD AT ORCHARD VIEW

For three quarters Friday night, the Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team went cold as the weather outside the Orchard View High School gym.

The Warriors trailed the Cardinals, 34-20 going into the final period, but they heated up in the final quarter and put up 19 points to cut OV's lead to two points, before dropping a 46-39 decision.

WMC trailed 10-5 at the first stop and 28-14 at halftime.

Warrior Hayden Hubers hit a lay-up to cut the OV lead to 39-36 early in the fourth quarter, but Dietrich Thornton canned two free throws to stretch the OV lead to 41-36. Hubers came back with a 3-pointer to reduce the lead to 41-39, but that was as close as the Warriors got, as Thornton canned two more free throws and OV's Edmari Mitchell put down a lay-up to seal the win.

The Warriors were led by their two freshmen, Owen Varnado and Kellen Mitchell with 13 and nine points, respectively.

JUNIOR VARSITY: WMC defeated Orchard View, 53-22. The Warriors were led by Issac Parker with 14 points and Sam Liggett with nine.

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