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Prep roundup: Girls hoops finale

Tribune Staff • Mar 1, 2019 at 12:43 AM

Lakers board Caledonia

The Spring Lake girls basketball team finished their regular season off with a big win, defeated Caledonia 59-36 on the road.

The Lakers won the game on the glass, as they pulled down 36 rebounds to the Scots’ 18. Once they had the ball, it was easy to share. Spring Lake greased their offense with 19 assists on the night.

Madeline Zenas led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Jennifer Judge, Jenna Core and Phoebe Saunders each scored eight points.

“It was just the way we wanted to end the regular season,” said Spring Lake head coach Cavin Mohrhardt. “Going into the districts at Whitehall with a nice win.”

The win finishes Spring Lake’s regular season at 11-9 overall. They are scheduled to return to action Wednesday with a bye through the first round of the district tournament, facing the winner of Oakridge vs. Whitehall in the district semifinals at Whitehall at 7:30 p.m.


 

FCC falls to Hemlock

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team took on No. 3-ranked Hemlock to round out their regular season Thursday night, falling to the Class C heavyweights 62-33.

The Eagles led 8-6 after the first quarter before Hemlock got going from distance in the second and third quarters. They would drain 11 3-pointers in the middle half, while FCC coughed up a flurry of turnovers to let the game slip away.

Kelsey Richards led the Eagles with 14 points while Brionna Johnson added 11 points to go with 15 rebounds.

“We looked great early on, but seemed to have a domino effect of bad plays in every aspect of the game in the middle two quarters,” said FCC head coach Brad Richards. “Give credit to Hemlock for turning up the intensity, but I think we are a better team than what we showed tonight in those middle two quarters. We’ll watch the tape and analyze the mistakes and get ready for the playoffs. From now on, we need to find a way to win and move on.”

The Eagles finish their season at 15-5 overall, while Hemlock’s win completes a perfect 20-0 run.

FCC will return to action Wednesday for the opening round of the Division 4 district tournament to take on Muskegon Heights at 5:30 p.m. at Muskegon Catholic Central. 


 

WMC edged at Holland Christian

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team finished off their regular season with a close loss to Holland Christian, 50-46.

The game was close wire-to-wire. The Maroons took a 12-10 lead into the first break, before the Warriors tied things up 21-21 at halftime. In the third, WMC led by as much as eight early, but couldn’t stay ahead down the stretch as Holland Christian took a 35-33 lead into the fourth. There, 15 final-quarter points paced them to their non-conference victory.

The Warriors were led by stellar play by Taylor Folkema, who scored 23 points to go with six rebounds, three steals and three assists. Anna Sytsema followed with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Meghan Heiss dished nine assists.

“As a team, we played well and executed our game plan,’ said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “Wire-to-wire, it was a close game. We are disappointed with the loss but will learn from it.

“We had momentum in the third quarter up eight points. I thought I had a few miscues coaching that allowed them to get some mismatches on the block.

“Meghan and Kayla Johnson did a tremendous job running the offense. They are always looking for their teammates and putting them in position to score.

“We only had 11 turnovers against a tall, athletic team who plays pressure defense. Greta VanderHeide was possessed in the first have with five blocks and Alyssa Eekhoff competed incredibly hard and had three steals and five rebounds. It was a solid competitive game that will prepare us for the tournament.”

The loss drops WMC to 16-3 overall. They return to action Wednesday in the district tournament against Ravenna at Ravenna High School at 7 p.m.

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