Indians Hold Off Lions
Photos and Story by Alexis Mercer
It is the last game for the girls basketball teams before heading into Christmas vacation and into 2018. The Newaygo Lions hosted the White Cloud Indians for the annual Hoops for Hope game, where each player represents someone who has survived cancer, is currently suffering from cancer or who has passed away having fought cancer. The teams lined up prior to tip off to announce their honorees.
The first quarter was a battle of epic proportion. White Cloud's Hannah Brown handled the ball each time up the court. And Newaygo's Alexis Brocker was ready to defend her. Both girls fought with determination, spirit and skill.
In the first half, it was Newaygo who won the defensive battle while the shots went I the bucket as they were up 22-16 going into the locker room.
The second half, however, was a different story.
Brown came through big for a few shots and Newaygo quickly found themselves tied with 6:25 left in the 3rd quarter.
Breanna Sutherland was huge for the Indians under the basket, posting up, getting rebounds and scoring off the second chances. And Brown just kept it coming.
The Indians were up 30-22 to end the 3rd quarter.
With only one quarter remaining to pick it up, the Lions gave it one final push, coming within 6 points. But White Cloud refused to allow that to happen, keeping the defensive pressure strong.
The final score was Newaygo 29, White Cloud 37.
Jaylee Long led the Lions with 8 points. Sophia Frisbie came off the bench and got 6 points. Madison Bush grabbed 9 rebounds.
Hannah Brown led White Cloud with 17 points.
"We played a great first half. Up 6. We just had a bad third quarter and White Cloud took advantage. God great looks at the basket but the shots just did not fall," said Lions Coach Nate Thomasma.