Boys team falls to Eagles
Newaygo 48 Holton 26
In sports there is a term called strength of schedule or more familiarly, SOS. It is often used in determining the ranking of a team and refers to the relative difficulty of a team’s opponents.
Whatever the highest rating there is for SOS for this week, the Red Devils own it.
Three state ranked teams in 5 days.
On Tuesday it was a trip to Newaygo where an early lead was snuffed out in the second quarter.
Coach Jordan: “(We were) coming off a brutal game the night before against Kent City (11-0) where my girls didn't compete like they are capable of.
“Effort was the message all day and pregame, and I am more than happy with the team that showed up tonight. We were actually up 10-7 after 1 quarter, but then gave up a 20-0 second quarter and that was basically the difference in the game. Newaygo(10-1) is a great team and they do a lot of things well and you can't go scoreless in any quarter and expect to stay up with them.
“We played the second ranked team in division 3 on Monday followed up by the 5 ranked team in Division 2 on Tuesday, that's a tough back to back for anyone so for a young team like ours it's a great learning experience and will only help us get better in the long run.
“We got another great team on Friday in Morley Stanwood on Friday (10-1) to wrap up a tough week.”
Emmerson Goodin led the Lions with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Jaxi Long had 13 points, 4 steals and 4 assists. Kayla Fisk had 10 points and 4 steals.
Coach Thomasma: "Give Holton a lot of credit. They came out and played hard and outplayed us in the first quarter. We had a 11 day layoff because of COVID cancellations and I thought we got our feet underneath us after the 1st quarter and we played with more intensity the rest of the way. We will move from this and get ready for a well coached Central Montcalm team."
Abbie Fowler scored 7 points for the RD’s while dishing out 5 assists and Ryann Robins hit for a half dozen and pulled 10 off the glass for Holton.
Kent City 72 Newaygo 46
The Eagles flew out to an 18-5 lead after one and built it to 36-14 by intermission. The Lions offense kicked in after the break but by then the game was in hand and Newaygo extended its losing streak to 5 games.
Coach Long: “Kent City was able to control the game early and keep the lead through the end of the game”
Josiah Long led Newaygo with 19 points and Remy Wells added 8.