Newaygo Girls Lose Close Contest Against Chippewa Hills
Story and photos by Alexis Mercer
The game came down to the final minute between the Chippewa Hills Warriors and the Newaygo Lions in Monday night’s Varsity Basketball contest. It wasn’t until the final buzzer sounded that the girls quit playing.
The first quarter started slowly for the Warriors, with their first points being scored by #24, Jorja Ray, with 2:34 left on the clock. Newaygo was up 11-1, mostly thanks to Molly Frisbie, who was draining shots from all over the court. But Chippewa Hills responded with defensive pressure; Newaygo committed 4 fouls in 1 minute, 15 seconds, and the 2nd quarter started with a different feeling about it.
The Warriors came out and...
...scored 7 straight points to start the 2nd quarter, but Frisbie, Faith Smith and Madison Bush all scored for the Lions, resulting in a back and forth battle between the two teams. Newaygo went into the locker room with a 26-19 lead.
It was the 3rd quarter that would prove to be the Lions’ downfall. With 2:23 left on the clock in the 3rd, Chip Hills had gone on a 12-0 run, going up 31-26. The Warriors’ #4, Alexis Issette, drove to the basket and nailed a layup. Senior Kylee Chesley of Newaygo stepped in at the end of the 3rd to drain a 3-point shot to keep Newaygo within two points, but the Lions would never recover.
Newaygo was down by 7 points with 5:32 on the clock when Head Coach Nate Thomasma called a timeout for his team to recover. Madison Cook made a crucial shot to bring the Lions back within 4 points. And then the Lions had three chances on offense to tie it up, but couldn’t get the ball to go down when it counted.
The buzzer rang and Chippewa Hills had defeated the Newaygo Lions with a score of 42-38.
Coach Thomasma was proud of the effort his girls put into the game. They never quit playing. “The girls effort was outstanding tonight. We just had a poor 3rd quarter,” he said. “Both Molly Frisbie and Faith Smith had good games.”
The loss puts the Lady Lions at 1-1 in conference play and 1-3 overall on the season. They are scheduled to return to action again Tuesday at Hesperia on Tuesday.