Lions Finish Game Strong to Beat Aggressive Vikings
By Alexis Mercer
Newaygo 56 Tri-County 48
Going into the fourth quarter the Newaygo Lions were down by 4 points. One player was not at the game, meaning only 7 players were sharing time. Kayla Fisk, one of the Lions key defensive players, was sitting the bench due to having racked up 4 fouls.
Instead of playing scared or backing down against an extremely aggressive and determined Viking team, the Lions stepped up their game and made sure to drain their free throws. Newaygo was not about to allow a Conference loss now with only a few weeks left in the season.
Tri County put themselves in a position to win right from the beginning of the 1st quarter. They were playing aggressively on defense, not allowing any Lions anywhere near the basket uncontested and taking advantage of the shots they were able to take on offense.
Newaygo, on the other hand, was having a hard time seeing the bottom of the net offensively and was getting called for fouls on defense. Anna Brummel was the shining light, dropping three 3 pointers smooth as silk for the Lions, keeping them in the game multiple times.
As the time clicked off the clock, the Lions stepped up. They made opportunities for themselves inside and handled the ball well, forcing the Vikings to foul Jaxi Long, who proved her calm confidence by making 9 of 10 free throws.
Jaxi Long led the Lions with 21 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Emmerson Goodin had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Brummel had 11 points and 4 rebounds.
Coach Nate Thomasma said "The girls showed some toughness tonight. Tri-County came out and really handed us our lunch in the 1st quarter. The girls responded and were able to battle back in the 4th quarter to get the win. I am proud of their resilience.”
Newaygo improves to 8-1 (7-0 in conference)
Tri-County falls to 3-4 (3-4 in conference)