Slow start dooms Lady Tigers in loss to NCCAA #2 KCU
Sophomore Sydney Wildeboer rises up for the 10-foot jump shot.
After facing #1 Ohio Christian on Friday night, the Lady Tigers jumped from the frying pan into the fire on Saturday as they faced #2 ranked Kentucky Christian on Saturday. KCU had just defeated OCU on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers came out sluggish and were not even competitive in the first half as KCU jumped out to a commanding 40-15 lead. The Tigers shot only 24% and committed 13 mostly unforced turnovers in the half in what could only be described as a disappointing effort.
All was not lost, however, as the Lady Tigers showed some pride and let their talented guests from Kentucky know that there would be no quit in this bunch. Led by five three pointers from Megan Scholtens, the hosts came out and shot 55% to outscore the Knights 44-36 in the second half, cutting the lead to 11 at the six minute mark. KCU had too much experience and too much talent to allow the miracle comeback and ended with a 76-59 final score.
Scholtens (Quad City H.S.) led the Tigers with 15 points. Anna Iwaniw (Kent City H.S.) was also in double figures with 11 points. Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.) had eight points and 10 assists. KCU won the rebounding battle by a 43-32 margin. Iwaniw led the Tigers with nine boards.
"The first half was really disappointing," Coach Renzema commented. "We played so hard last night and I thought that would carry over to this game, but it obviously didn't. We had a lot of unforced turnovers and just didn't play well in any aspect of the game in the first 20 minutes. I do like the way we responded in the second half and I hope we can take those positives with us down the stretch as we fight for the regional title."
The Lady Tigers will host Kuyper College on Tuesday at 5 PM in a very important game that counts toward the regional standings.