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Prep roundup: Calvary clinches Alliance Conference title

Tribune Staff • Feb 16, 2019 at 12:30 AM

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team clinched a share of their seventh straight Alliance Conference Championship on Friday night with a 54-26 victory over Byron Center Zion Christian.

The Eagles left no doubt, jumping out to a 43-11 lead and coasting to the final score. The win is their 49th consecutive conference victory.

Kelsey Richards led the way with 30 points and nine rebounds, while Brionna Johnson scored 15 points and pulled down 18 rebounds. Emily Wesner added five assists while holding Zion's leading scorer Kelly Leep to just seven points.

"God has blessed us mightily over the years here at Calvary, and this never gets old to win another championship," said FCC head coach Brad Richards. "The commitment that our players five to this team is unmatched. They come to play every day.

"I'm so happy for our seniors, Emily Wesner, Kristina Warren, and Brionna Johnson, who get to cut down the net tonight on Senior Night. This is a very special group of girls. They knew that this game meant tonight and they came out with fire in their eyes."

The win improves FCC's record to 13-3 overall and 7-0 in conference play. They will finish out the conference season Tuesday at Kentwood Grand River Prep, hoping to finish the conference season undefeated for the fourth straight year.

WMC BOYS HOLD OFF LUDINGTON

The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team jumped out to a 27-16 halftime lead over host Ludington on Friday night and held off a late rally by the Orioles to record a 33-31 road win in Lakes Eight Conference action.

Kellen Mitchell scored nine points to lead the Warriors, while Nick Moser added seven points.

"We had a great start to the game, which allowed us to have great defensive energy," said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. "The guys worked really hard and were focused on the gameplan. Ludington went on a little run in the fourth quarter, and I was proud of how we stuck together and came out with the win."

WMC GIRLS FALL TO LUDINGTON

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team couldn't hold off a late rally by host Ludington on Friday night, as the Orioles flew back into the ballgame for a 39-29 win in Lakes Eight Conference action.

The Warriors led 9-2 after the first quarter and 16-12 at halftime, but Ludington outscored WMC 19-5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

"What a defensive battle," said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. "Ludington kept us from getting into our comfort zone, and they shut down our fast break. They had a huge third quarter, outscoring us 19-5. We couldn't come up with a scoring option. Anna worked hard for her points, but they had eight players contribute. I thought we did a poor job finding our defensive assignments in the third quarter and left so people wide open. We still have a chance to win the league by beating Manistee and Muskegon Heights next week."

Anna Sytsema led the Warriors with 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Warriors move to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in the Lakes Eight.

FRUITPORT BOYS FALL TO REETHS-PUFFER

The Fruitport boys basketball team couldn't keep pace with Reeths-Puffer on Friday, falling to the Rockets by a final score of 49-28.

Reeths-Puffer jumped out to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter and held a 32-20 lead at halftime. Fruitport trailed 40-16 entering the fourth quarter and found limited success in the final frame.

Gavin Fisher and Marcelo Conklin each scored seven points to lead the Trojans, while Luke Mitchell added six points.

The Trojans come right back to play Grand Rapids Union today at 5:30 p.m.

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