Photos and Story by Alexis Mercer
Newaygo Girls 54 Chippewa Hills 33
Newaygo Boys 51 Chippewa Hills 38
Though the last time both the boys and girls Newaygo Varsity teams met Chippewa Hills, they came away with large margins of victory, an opponent is never to be taken for granted. Sometimes those teams who were easily defeated the first time around find a way to change the story.
Newaygo Lady Lions made sure that was not the case right from tipoff. Lightning fast passing on offense, fast feet on defense and teamwork contributed to a dominant defeat of the Warriors. Jaylee Long led the Lions with 15 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Jaxi Long had 11 points. Kendall Mathis chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Newaygo led at the half 35-10. Second quarter was the difference where the Lions outscored the Warriors 18-2, said Coach Thomasma. "On a night where we honored the 1984-1985 and 1985-1986 State Championship teams, I thought the girls played really well. We jumped on them early and were able to maintain the lead and get a good victory."
The Newaygo boys did not have the same fast start as the girls, but still managed to take a lead and gain as the game went on. The first quarter, Newaygo was outscored 9-10 by the Warriors. It took some finagling by Coach Barrette with the lineup to get a combination of guys on the floor that clicked. In the second quarter, the Lions outscored Chip Hills 13-10.
After halftime, Newaygo didn't look back. The third quarter proved vital to the Lions' success, outscoring their opponents 19-11. They finished off with a 4th quarter point victory of 10-7.
Senior Francisco Rios led the Lions with 14 points. Noah Painter added 10 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds. Coach Barrette said of the game, "Happy to be able to come out with a win tonight after not playing for 10 days."