Grace Women Roll Past Kuyper, 79-44
Junior Katie Allers, playing in the final home game of her career, looks to dish the ball to sophomore Sydney Wildeboer.
Grand Rapids, MI - The Lady Tigers had two convincing wins over Kuyper this season, so it was difficult to not look past them as the cross-town rivals came calling on Tuesday. The defense was a bit sluggish early as Kuyper hit four first half three pointers to keep the game relatively close. Fortunately, Grace shot the ball at a 59% clip in the first half and were able to overcome the defensive lapses to take a 41-27 lead into the half. The host Tigers cranked up the defense in the second half, holding their guests to 17% shooting and coasted to a 79-44 victory.
Twelve Tigers cracked the scoring column, including five in double figures. Anna Iwaniw (Kent City H.S.) led the way with 14 points. Abby Schultz (Holland Calvary H.S.) had 12, Megan Scholtens (Quad City H.S.) scored 11, and Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.) scored 10 points. Amy Leszinske (Ravenna H.S.) played a fine all-around game and stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, and a team leading 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The Tigers shot 52% for the game compared to only 25% for the Cougars.
"This game counted toward our regional standings so it was very important to get this one," Coach Renzema commented. "Kuyper shot the ball well from 3 early and made us work. Once again we got contributions from a lot of different people which we will need as we go down the stretch and into the tournament."
The Lady Tigers will be on the road in Wisconsin this weekend as they play at Silver Lake on Friday night and at Maranatha on Saturday. A win on Saturday would guarantee the Lady Tigers the #1 seed heading into the regional tournament.