Tigers Win Defensive Battle With Lions
By Ken DeLaat
Photos by Brayden Mumper
Grant 28 Newaygo 22
Credit the defenses.
Or maybe the lid that seemed to be covering the basket through much of the first half.
The game went 6 minutes without a single point being scored before Ashley Herin found Kylie Patton under the basket and fired a bounce pass that Patton laid in for a 2-0 Grant lead. Just a bit later Madison Bush split a pair from the charity stripe and the quarter ended with the Tigers up 2-1.
The second period started with Faith Smith dishing to Jenna Janke to put the Lions in front then Smith hit one of two at the line before...
...Giorgia Paleari tied it with a bucket. Newaygo answered with Janke and Bush finding the bucket, Laura Bouwkamp hit for the Tigers and Janke scored again to bring the game to intermission with the visitors up 10-6.
The third saw Herin and Nichole Whan each hit once and Patton knocking down a pair of baskets while the Lions were held to a Kylee Chesley basket.
With a 2 point lead heading into the final period the Tigers did nearly all of their damage at the free throw line hitting on 11 of 14 tries in the fourth to build a 10 point lead. Madison Cook and Daisy Hagen both sank a pair from the line in the final minute but the gap proved too much with too little time and the Tigers came away with the win.
Bouwkamp led the Tigers in scoring with 9, Patton finished with 8 and Herin accounted for 5.
Janke paced the Lions with 6 points and 5 rebounds with Bush hitting for 5 points while pulling down a team high 6 rebounds.
"A pretty good defensive game, but offensively not so much for either team,” said Lion Coach Nate Thomasma." I loved how the girls competed and we’re looking forward to Districts on Wednesday."
Grant will be taking on Fremont in the District opener Monday night with the winner facing Newaygo on Wednesday