Fisk,Swinehart Unstoppable Against Chippewa Hills
Story and photos by Alexis Mercer
While 5 players scored 8 or more points in the game on Monday evening against Chippewa Hills in Newaygo, it was the Cameron Fisk-Connor Swinehart duo that proved too much for the Warriors.
Fisk ended the game with 14 points, 10 rebounds, while Swinehart scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds in the 63-39 win over Chippewa Hills.
The first quarter started and the boys were off to a fast, intense start on both sides. Newaygo went on a 9-1 run to start the game, and it wasn’t until
Chippewa Hills’ coach called a 90 second time out in the first that both offenses slowed down a little.
The second quarter started with aggression; a Chippewa Hills player flying over the chairs on the bench to save a ball from going out of bounds. But Newaygo on the boards was proving hard for the Warriors to keep up with. Two or three chances at a time gave Newaygo the 20-11 lead with only a few minutes left in the 2nd quarter, but then Jamie Pike of Newaygo pulled up well outside the 3 point line and drained one, causing the Warriors frustration.
But Chip Hills didn’t give up, closing the gap slightly and ending the first half with a score of 29-19.
In case Chippewa Hills thought that the beginning of the 2nd half would be their turn to shine, Mitch Karrip quickly put an end to that, opening with an all net 3 point on the first possession. The score escalated to 34-21 before the Lions saw their first test.
It was turnover trouble for Newaygo when the Warriors forced the pace into one of speed rather than posting up under the net. Chip Hills tied the game in the 3rd with their fast offense and taking care of the ball.
But there was no answer in the end for Cameron Fisk, a 6’3” senior, and Connor Swinehart, a 6’2” sophomore. Fisk and Swinehart gave themselves the advantage on the inside, setting the rest of the team up for open shots on the exterior.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors put many Lions on the line, and after making most of their free throws, the score opened up. Joe Barrette, the Lions Head Coach, said that the team “played extremely hard and made more hustle plays” for the win.
Newaygo goes to 2-0 in conference play. They have a tough schedule before heading into Christmas break with away games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hesperia and then White Cloud.