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FCC advances to regional finals

Tribune Staff • Mar 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team advanced further in the postseason with a Monday-night win over St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran, 45-22.

The Division 4 regional semifinal game was over quick. Kelsey Richards scored the first seven points of the contest, pacing the Eagles to a 12-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Richards put together another unanswered seven-point streak in the second quarter to push Calvary ahead 26-11 at by halftime.

Defense took over in the second half, as the Eagles held St. Joe scoreless through the third quarter, building their lead to 37-11. A run to start the fourth put Calvary up 43-13, allowing them to empty the bench and cruise to victory.

“Our girls came ready to play tonight. They just bring tremendous focus and energy,” said FCC head coach Brad Richards. “They are keeping the game simple, playing for God and their teammates, not thinking about themselves, and working to have a good report card on every phase of the game. We are blessed to be able to keep playing, this is a special group of players."

Brionna Johnson led the way with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Kelsey Richards added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lizzie Cammenga and Kristina Warren each dished six assists, while defensive specialist Emily Wesner held the Titans’ leading scorer Jessi Jewel scoreless through 30 minutes of play.

The Eagles’ record improves to 18-5 as they advance to the regional finals. They will take on host Mendon, who defeated Martin in overtime in the other semifinal. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Mendon High School on Wednesday. The winner advances to the state quarterfinals at Gull Lake.

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