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Prep roundup: Tuesday hoops

Tribune Staff • Feb 20, 2019 at 12:15 AM

WMC girls roll Montague

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team made short work of their non-conference matchup with Montague on Tuesday night, dismissing the Wildcats for a 60-40 victory.

Things got out of hand quickly, as Anna Sytsema poured in eight points in the opening quarter to pace the Warriors’ 16-8 lead at the first break. Taylor Folkema took over in the second, scoring 11 points in the period to buoy WMC’s lead to 36-23 at halftime.

Folkema continued her scoring pace with nine in the third for a 51-31 lead heading into the final frame, where she picked up five to lead the team with 25 total points.

Sytsema followed with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Meghan Heiss got it done on both ends of the floor with three points, nine assists and five steals.

Greta VanderHeide and Allysa Eekhoff each added four points, while Ester Hartley scored two.

It was a true team effort for the Warriors as they racked up 22 assists on the night.

“Tonight was a great game to regroup and get back to the things we do well,” said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “Esther Hartley, Peyton Allen and Kayla Johnson did a great job against pressure tonight. They were calm all night.

“Meghan Heiss had a solid floor game, Taylor played confident and took it strong to the basket, and Montague could not stop Anna. Greta VanderHeide was the spark plug off the bench with solid play. I’m looking for her to take this game to heart and work harder to be a force inside.”

The win improves the Warriors’ record to 14-2 overall. They sit one win behind Ludington (8-1) in the Lakes Eight standings at 7-1 in conference. WMC is scheduled to return to action today in a make-up game at Muskegon Heights at 6 p.m.

Junior varsity: WMC fell to Montague 46-45 on a buzzer-beating layup Tuesday night. Maddie Wiersma led with 14 points, ahead of Kyla Wiersma with 12 and Kelcea Waller with seven.

WMC boys fall at Montague

The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team never got their offense going Tuesday night in a 55-26 road loss to Montague.

The Warriors trailed 13-8 after the first quarter, 29-15 at halftime and 42-23 heading into the final frame.

Owen Varnado led the way with seven points and seven rebounds.

“Montague did a great job driving into the paint and rebounding the basketball,” said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. “One of the great things about athletics is teams get to learn about overcoming and responding to adversity. We have a great opportunity tomorrow to play at Muskegon Heights and move on from tonight’s game.”

The loss drops WMC’s record to 8-10 overall, while they hold at 5-3 in Lakes Eight play — good for second place. They are scheduled to return to action today for a make-up game at Muskegon Heights starting at 7:30 p.m.

Junior varsity: WMC defeated Montague 61-30. Sam Liggett led with 15 points, ahead of Brekken Fairfield with 13 and Micah TerHaar with 12.

FCC clinches outright conference title

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team picked up their fifth straight undefeated Alliance Conference championship Tuesday night with a 52-40 win over Kentwood Grand River Preparatory Academy, who with just one loss coming into the game could have forced a co-championship.

The Eagles jumped out to a 29-13 halftime lead but couldn’t put away the Titans as they rallied in the second half, closing the gap to single digits in the fourth quarter.

Strong ball handling and 13 made free throws in the second half for the Eagles staved off the comeback.

Brionna Johnson led with 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals, while Kelsey Richards added 20 points and Kristina Warren added eight. Lizzie Cammenga pulled down eight rebounds, while Emily Wesner led with five assists.

The night was full of landmark accomplishments. Richards’ 20 points put her over 1,500 for her varsity career. It was the Eagles’ 50th consecutive conference win, completing four undefeated seasons for the outgoing senior class.

“We beat a really good team tonight in their gym, who knew they were playing for a share for the conference championship,” said FCC head coach Brad Richards. “Our seniors; Emily Wesner, Kristina Warren and Brionna Johnson, are going to graduate high school having never lost a conference game. People 20 years from now are going to see this and say, ‘Wow, what an incredible group of girls that must have been.’ And they will be right to think that. I told our team tonight, ‘You have made all the players who have come before you who started this streak proud of you and you’re forever part of an incredible legacy at Calvary Christian Schools.’”

The win improves the Eagles to 14-3 overall. They return to action tonight for a make-up game at Holton.

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