By Mike Gesler
Photos by Mike Gesler and Alexis Mercer
Newaygo 48 Grant 26
“We definitely played scared. Obviously them coming back as good as they did last year that was in our heads. We were just pretty intimidated from the start,” stated Grant’s coach, Josh Delamater
The Tigers were no match for the Lions tonight in Grant. A very experienced Newaygo squad jumped out to a five point lead on Grant and never looked back. The Lion’s scored in double digits each quarter while holding the Tigers down to single digits. The play of Newaygo’s Long sisters combined with Emmerson Goodin was clinical, and if that wasn’t enough of a threat, Grace Painter was the nail in the coffin.
For Grant, this was a game for their young players to learn and grow from. “We obviously didn’t get any time together this summer,” continued Delamater, “so everything is really new for them. So it’s a process, and it’s one of those things where you learn from this game and take lessons going forward.”
For Newaygo, it was a continued confirmation that they may be able to go as deep in the playoffs this year as they were on their way to doing last year before the COVID virus shut the season down. “I thought we played pretty well,” stated Newaygo’s coach, Nate Thomasma. “Took care of the ball pretty well. Tried to make it difficult. I know Grant’s got a couple shooters, and we tried to make it difficult on them a little bit while making our own shots.”
Leading in the Lion’s victory was Emmerson Goodin with twelve points followed by Jaxi Long with ten. Grace Painter had nine herself with Lillian Ruehmeier (6), Jaylee Long (5), Anna Brummel (4), and Kayla Fisk (2) each contributing.
For the Tiger’s Julie Ashbaugh led with eight followed by Sara Arends with seven. Trinity Swanson (5), Jaycee Rider (3), Mackenzie Ritz (2), and Chloee Chase (1) helped out the Tiger’s effort.