Lady Tigers fall short vs. #1 Ohio Christian University
The Lady Tigers knew they had a big chore in front of them as they took on the best the NCCAA had to offer over the weekend. On Friday night they hosted the #1 ranked Trailblazers from Ohio Christian. The game went back and forth early as both teams tried to figure out the other team's pressure defense. The lead changed hands seven times in the early going with Grace taking their last lead at 20-19 at the 6:30 mark of the first half. Unfortunately, GBC would fail to score again in the half as Ohio Christian finished on a 12-0 run to take a 31-20 lead into the locker room. The Lady Tigers only managed to shoot 23% in the first half compared to 36% for the guests from Ohio.
The second half remained competitive throughout as the Lady Tigers would attempt to make several comebacks. The talented Trailblazers, however, would not allow the Tigers to go on any extended runs and made free throws down the stretch to earn the well-deserved 63-51 victory.
The Lady Tigers did not have any player reach double figures in scoring for the game as Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs H.S.), Amy Leszinske (Ravenna H.S.), and Abby Schultz (Holland Calvary H.S) each led the way with nine points. Ohio Christian outshot the Tigers 39% to 34% for the game. OCU also won the rebounding battle 45-35. Amy Leszinske led the rebounders for GBC with seven.
"Ohio Christian is a very good team," Coach Renzema commented after the game. "They definitely deserve to be in the top 2 in the rankings. Their back court is very fast and skilled and we haven't seen that kind of speed much this year."
"I thought we competed with them reasonably well, except for that last stretch of the first half. We could not get any shots to drop and they took advantage of it. Overall, I thought we played with good effort, but need to be better with our offensive execution. They came in averaging over 75 points a game so I was happy to hold them to 63."