Girls BBall: Eagles Show Tigers Their Talons; Pirates Pull Past Panthers; Red Hawks Rally Past Lions
Grant story and photos by Mike Gesler
Kent City 66 Grant 27
The Grant Lady Tigers took the lessons learned from their past two games, and applied it to a very good Kent City team. And if high school basketball was only played in two quarters, the Tigers showed they are a quick study. “Kent City is a really, really, really good basketball team,” stated Grant’s coach, Paige Paulson. “All the attention that they get is well worth it.”
In the first half, Grant was able to put up twenty points while holding the Eagles to thirty-four. “We tried to make them play one-on-one, and they did. They executed. I thought the first half we did a great job of playing with some confidence. You shoot a little better percentage and maybe it turns out a lit bit different.” Paulson shared.
Unfortunately, high school basketball is not played in two quarters, and during the second half, the Lady Eagles put on a display of what kind of team they really are capable of being. Kent City kept the Tigers from getting the looks they needed to find the net while they themselves continued to bombard the boards with 3-point shots at will. The combination of Kent City’s Jenna Harrison and Kenzie Bower, who combined shot forty of the Eagles sixty-six points, was just too much for the Tigers. “I thought our girls kept level heads, and did a good job. There’s not a lot of teams that will be able to compete with that fire power [Kent City] has when they’re clicking,” stated Paulson.
Kirstyn Throop led the Tigers tonight with eight points, followed by Trinity Swanson with five and Kassidy Doornbos with four. Also scoring were Samantha Wolff and Ashley Longcore each with three, and Savannah Passage and Jaycee Rider each with two.
The Lady Tigers play at home again on Friday at 6:00 pm against Central Montcalm.
Hart 40 Hesperia 32
The Panthers kept it close against the Pirates trailing by a single point after one and just 5 at the half but could not get over the hump and fell short in the non conference tilt.
Coach Grodus: “We showed a good amount of improvement in this game against a district champion Hart team who returned all of their starters.”
Emmi Tinkham took charge on the boards for Hesperia finishing with 9 while scoring 8 and Emily Bayle paced the scoring attack with 13 points. Bayle also nabbed a half dozen steals on the defensive end.
The Panthers go south to take on Holton Friday night.
Cedar Springs 49 Newaygo 39
The Red Hawks ran their record to 4-0 with a home win over the Lions.
The, butGame was tied going into the 4th quarter. Cedar Springs made some free throws in the 4th quarter to pull away at the end.
Coach Thomasma: "It was a good game that could have gone either way. Give credit to Cedar Springs, they made some big shots in the 4th and made free throws at the end of the game to pull away. The girls competed well, it just wasn't our night. We'll come back tomorrow ready to practice."
Emmerson Goodin led the Lions with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jaylee Long had 11 points and 6 assists.
Newaygo stays on the road to start league play as they face the Warriors of Chippewa Hills.