Bench Strength Propels Lady Tigers to Solid Win Over Silver Lake
Grand Rapids, MI - Depth and balance have been the calling card of the Lady Tiger basketball team all season. That was on full display once again on Saturday as the Tigers received exactly half of their scoring off the bench in a solid 82-70 in over the Lakers of Silver Lake College. Megan Scholtens (Quad City H.S.) led the way with 20 points off the bench, including five 3-point shots, to lead the scorers. Hannah Wight (Cedar Springs H.S.) continued her stretch of solid play with 10 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for her first career double-double. Point guard Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.) also had a solid game with 16 points and 6 assists.
Both teams started the game slowly as neither team was able to score for the first three minutes of the game. Silver Lake held a 5-4 lead at the 14 minute mark when the Tigers made their first run of the game, sparked by forced turnovers and the shooting of Wight and Scholtens. The lead would swell to as much as 14 points in the half before going into the half with a 37-25 lead.
The Lakers made a run back of their own in the early part of the second half, cutting the lead back to six points on a couple of occasions. The Lady Tigers responded again with a run of their own and eventually pushed the lead up to 20 points. The Lakers scored the last 8 points of the game to make the final 82-70.
The Tigers out shot the Lakers 44% to 40% from the field and shot 40% from the three point line while holding the Lakers without a field goal from beyond the arc. The Tigers also won the revounding battle over the taller Lakers by a 49-36 count.
"If you saw the first five minutes of the game today you would never guess we would score 82," Coach Renzema commented on the game. "We shot the ball a little better today overall but we turned it over a lot more than I would have liked."
"Hannah and Megan have been giving us a big lift off the bench and they both played well, but so did some others off the bench today as they have been all season."
The Lady Tigers have a daunting challenge in front of them as they host the NCCAA's top two ranked teams, Ohio Christian and Kentucky Christian, next Friday and Saturday at the Aldrich Athletic Center.