Kent City 55 Grant 28
The Grant Lady Tigers came into tonight with hopes of competing against a very good Kent City Eagles team. However, Kent City’s aggressive defensive press, along with their assertiveness on the boards was more than the ladies of Grant could overcome.
“They were being aggressive, and the best way to attack aggressive is with aggressive,” stated Grant coach Paige Paulsen. “Once we did, once we pushed the ball and looked up, we definitely had more success. But we have to discover that earlier than in the third quarter.”
Right from the opening tip off, the Eagles showed they came unto Grant’s court ready to play ball. Lead by freshman guard, Kenzie Bowers, who would put up 24 of Kent City’s 55 points, the Eagles jumped to a first quarter lead of 16 points to Grant’s nine and never looked back. It seemed as though the Lady Tigers could not find an answer to slow the attack of Kent City. The Eagles pressed hard defensively creating turn over after turn over which scarcely allowed the Tigers to even bring the ball into their shooting half of the court. By the end of the first half, the Eagles had a comfortable 16 point lead of 30 points to Grant’s 14.
The second half did not fare much better for Grant. And while the Tigers finally started to open up shooting opportunities, the Eagles responded with two buckets for every one bucket Grant sunk. In short, it was a long night for Grant and the Grant fans. Kent City walked away with the easy win, 55-28.
“Kent City is a very good basketball team. They played very well,” said coach Paulsen. “You could tell they’re well coached, and they came out and executed a great game plan. At times we looked very capable of competing, and then at other times we kind of forgot how we got to that point.”
Sophomore guard, Nichole Whan, led the Tigers with 11 points, followed by junior center, Kylie Patton, with nine. Also scoring for the Tigers were Kirstyn Throop with three points, Jill Arends and Savannah Passage both with two points, and Angela Contreras with one point. The Lady Tigers next face Central Montcalm Friday night in Central Montcalm starting at 6:00 p.m.