Grace Suffers a Tough Loss at Moody 68-64
After a nice victory over Lincoln Christian at home on Friday night, the Lady Tigers took to the road early on Saturday to take on the Archers of Moody. The trip got off to a tough start as one of the team vans broke down on the way to the game. Thanks to some helpful people at Calvary Baptist Church in Holland who were able to make a van available in short order, the team was able to make it to Chicago in time for the game. The game was an important one in NCCAA Midwest Regional standings as the Lady Tigers had not yet suffered a loss in the region and Moody only had one loss in overtime at Maranatha.
After trading baskets at the start of the game, the Tigers made a bit of a run to jump out to a 21-14 lead, but it would be short-lived as Moody was unconscious from the 3 point line and quickly made up the defecit and went into the half with a 35-29 lead. The Archers were 6-8 from beyond the arc in the first half, several of which were from NBA range. Moody would open up the lead to 39-31 early in the second half, but the Lady Tigers were not finished. They made a run of their own and eventually took the lead back, but could not hold it. The Archers again hit critical shots and free throws and prevented the Tigers from getting to the free throw line in the entire second half to pull out the four point victory.
The Tigers took 21 more shots than Moody and committed 11 fewer turnovers, but were out-shot 44% to 37% overall. The biggest difference was behind the arc where the Tigers finished 2 of 14 and Moody was 8 of 13. Moody also outscored Grace 10 to 4 at the free throw line. The much taller Archers dominated the rebounding battle by a 45-30 count.
The Lady Tigers were balanced in scoring once again with Anna Iwaniw (Kent City H.S.) leading the way with 15 points, nine rebounts and four steals. Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.) had 11 points and 5 assists, Marissa Pelletier (Calvin Christian H.S.) had 11 points and 10 rebounds to get the double-double. Megan Scholtens (Quad City H.S.) also reached double figures with 11 points and had four steals.
"We knew going in that this was going to be a close game," Coach Renzema commented. "If you had told me that we would have 11 fewer turnovers and take 21 more shots than Moody, I would have thought we would be in good shape. They made some really tough 3 pointers and between that and free throws was the differnce in the game."
"Their two star players, Jenna Bloodworth (6-3 center) and Raini Parish made a lot of plays for them in this game and we need to find a way to neutralize them. We play them again in a couple of weeks and I have a feeling we will see them again in the regional tournament."
The Lady Tigers will next be in action on Tuesday at Kuyper College as they play the annual Cross Cup Game.