The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team used a second-half rally and stellar performances from a pair of players to pick up a 50-28 win over Ravenna in the district semifinals Wednesday night.
The Warriors couldn’t find their rhythm early, bringing a 10-10 tie into the first break. The Bulldogs grabbed a quick 14-10 lead to start the second quarter before WMC locked in to outscored them 20-3 to take a 30-17 lead into halftime.
The rout continued in the third, as the Warriors racked up a 38-24 lead heading into the final frame.
Senior Anna Sytsema and sophomore Taylor Folkema led the way with 18 points apiece for the Warriors. Megan Heiss added 10 assists.
“Ravenna came out strong and played well on the defensive end,” said WMc head coach Jeremy Goorman. “I thought they prepared for us well. We started slowly and were not engaged on the defensive end. The second quarter was the difference in the game. They went up 14-10 early in the second quarter and we went on a 20-3 run from there.”
The win advances WMC to the district finals, where they will take on perennial playoff rival Kent City at 7 p.m. at Ravenna High School.
“We will be ready for Friday night,” Goorman said. “Kent city is a solid team that likes to pressure you on the defensive end. On offense, they spread you out and shoot it from long range better than any team we have played. I am looking forward to Friday night.”
FCC routs Muskegon Heights
The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team picked up a 75-12 victory over Muskegon Heights in their Division 4 district semifinal game Wednesday night.
The Eagles left no doubt against the winless Tigers, jumping out to a 57-2 lead in the second quarter.
Leading the Eagles was Kelsey Richards with 24 points who only played the first 14 minutes; Kristina Warren who had a career-high 13 points; Brionna Johnson who scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds; Lizzie Cammenga added nine points with six steals; and Emily Wesner tallied six assists in addition to holding Muskegon Heights leading scorer Damyea Wallace to three points. Wallace led the Tigers with three points.
The win advances the Eagles to the district finals where they will face Muskegon Catholic Central at home with 7 p.m.
"I'm pleased right now with how our girls seem focused on making each play be a great play", said Calvary Coach Brad Richards. "We respect everyone, but we aren't afraid of anyone. We know we have a tough game coming Friday against Muskegon Catholic, they've won 5 of their last 6 games and they beat Grand River Prep by more than we did just last week. It should be a great girls basketball game and our girls are thankful to be playing again in the district championship game."