Lady Tigers Use Dominant Second Half to Retain Cross Cup
The Lady Tigers traveled across town to take on the rival Cougars of Kuyper College in the annual Cross Cup Game on Tuesday. Coming off a difficult loss on Saturday at Moody, Coach Renzema wasn't sure how his team would respond, and they indeed came out a little flat. Kuyper jumped out to an initial lead early in the game, but Grace responded, behind three first half 3-pointers from Megan Scholtens, to take a modest 34-25 lead at the half.
The second half was much different as the Lady Tigers came out with renewed energy and focus. Fueled by nine consecutive points from Abby Schultz, the Lady Tigers put an early run on the Cougars to up the lead to 49-28 just four minutes into the second half. The Tigers put it in cruise control from that point and ended up with a 78-51 victory and retained the Cross Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
Once again, the Tigers were very balanced in scoring, led by Megan Scholtens (Quad City H.S.) with 16 points. Abby Schultz (Holland Calvary H.S.) added 11 points, and Amy Leszinske (Ravenna H.S.) and Anna Iwaniw (Kent City H.S.) each scored 10 points. The Tigers owned a commanding 57-29 rebounding advantage with Katie Allers (Coopersville H.S.), Anna Iwaniw, and Marissa Pelletier (Calvin Christian H.S.) leading the way with eight boards each. The Tigers had 25 assists on their 34 made baskets. Amy Leszinske had six assists and Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.) had five.
"We started out a little bit slow, but I like the way we came out in the second half," Coach Renzema commented after the victory. "Kuyper is a much improved team that beat Lincoln on Saturday, so we knew we had to get focused and play our game."
The Lady Tigers hit the road to Missouri later this week as they take on Ozark Christian and Wentworth Military Academy on Friday and Saturday respectively.