FCC clinches sixth straight district title

Tribune Staff • Mar 9, 2019 at 12:15 AM

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team defeated Muskegon Catholic Central 74-49 Friday night to earn its sixth straight district championship and seventh of the last eight.

An intense full-court press made the difference early as the Eagles jumped out to a 43-15 halftime lead, cruising through the second half to victory.

“Give Muskegon Catholic credit,” FCC head coach Brad Richards said. “Matt (Callow) has them well coached and they did not quit. They fought to the end.”

Kelsey Richards paced the Eagles with 22 points and seven assists, while Brionna Johnson scored 22 points and pull down 13 rebounds. Lizzie Cammenga added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Kristina Warren dished a career-high 15 assists. Leading the Crusaders was Jai Lyn Johnson with 17 points and Hannah Ladd with 12 points.

“Winning never gets old,” coach Richards said. “God blessed this school, this team and its just a great, fun thing to be a part of. Calvary is just one big family under one big roof. Our senior player’s lockers are in the hallway right next to the Kindergarteners. They are fantastic role models and the school just loves following these girls.

“Our players are so unselfish. Our motto this year is, ‘We are playing for God, for each other and the school.’ It’s just a privilege to coach here.”

The win improves FCC’s record to 18-5 overall. They will travel to Mendon for the regional semifinals Monday at 7 p.m. vs. St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran (20-2).

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