Lady Tigers Split Games in Missouri
The Lady Tigers had themselves a very long road trip to Joplin, Missouri to take on Ozark Christian on Friday night. Due to weather conditions, it took nearly 14 hours to finally arrive at their destination. It was hard to know how the team would respond after spending that much time driving, but the hosts from Ozark found out quickly. The Lady Tigers opened the game with a 28-4 run and coasted to a 48-15 halftime lead. The Tigers were fueled by their pressure defense and 57% shooting for the half. The Tigers took the foot off the gas pedal in the second half and coasted to a 86-53 victory.
11 Tigers scored at least five points in the game and all 13 girls played at least 10 minutes with no one logging more than 20 for the game. Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.) led the scorers with 13 points. Anna Iwaniw (Kent City H.S.) was also in double figures with 12. Sydney Wildeboer (Kent City H.S.) continued her trek back from various injuries and chipped in with a solid nine points. The Lady Tigers shot a blistering 54% for the game while holding their hosts to 33%. Grace also won the battle of the boards by a 39-35 margin. Marissa Pelletier (Calvin Christian H.S) led the team with nine.
After Joplin, there was no rest for the weary as the team headed a few hours up the road in Missouri to Lexington to take on the Dragons of Wentworth Military Academy. The Dragons are a tough and athletic team that had previously beaten a top 10 NJCAA team, so the Lady Tigers knew it would be an uphill battle.
The game was a tight affair throughout with several lead changes. GBC held the Dragons to 2-17 from the three point line, but one of the makes was with less than a minute left in the game to give the hoome team a four point cushion. From then on the Tigers were unable to score and the hosts made their free throws down the stretch to come away with a hard fought 77-69 victory.
Once again, the Lady Tigers were very balanced on offense. Megan Scholtens (Quad City H.S.) led the way with 14 points. Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.) had 12 points and 7 assists, and Marissa Pelletier (Calvin Christian H.S.) was also in double figures with 12 points. The Tigers were beaten up on the boards by a 42-29 count. Anna Iwaniw (Kent City H.S.) led the rebounders with 8. The Tigers shot a solid 52% from the field, but committed too many unforced turnovers to be able to win a close game.
"Overall, I was pleased with the effort we gave considering the amount of travel time and other factors," Coach Renzema commented on the weekend. "It was a long weekend and we are looking forward to having some home games for the next couple of weeks."
The Lady Tigers will be at home on Tuesday night as they host the Archers of Moody in a re-match of teams that played just 10 days earlier.