Travel-Weary Tigers Overcome Florida College 62-52
The Lady Tigers spend all day Monday traveling to Florida and didn't arrive to their accommodations until 3 AM Tuesday. They didn't have long to recover as they took on the Falcons of Florida Christian Tuesday evening in Temple Terrace, Florida.
The Lady Tigers scored first on a three pointer from Abby Schultz and never trailed the entire game. The Tiger pressure defense forced some early turnovers, including several 10 second back court violations, and went into the half with a 27-17 lead. The Tigers continued to pour it on in the second half as they increased the lead up to 21 points on a jump shot from Anna Iwaniw with about 10 minutes left in the game. The Falcons hit some shots late to close the gap, but the lead never got less than double digits, ending with the Tigers on top by a 62-52 count.
The Tigers won despite only shooting 37% from the floor, but limited their hosts to 32%. Anna Iwaniw (Kent City) once again had a strong game for the Tigers as she led all scorers with 24 points on 10-17 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the FT line. Abby Schultz (Holland Calvary) added nine points, including 2 of 3 from the three point line. Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs) added seven points and five assists.
GBC won the rebounding battle by a 40-37 count. Anna Iwaniw led the rebounders with 14 and Amy Leszinske (Ravenna) had a strong 13 boards. Hannah Wight (Cedar Springs) also played a solid game with five assists and five rebounds to go with her aggressive defense.
"I was pleased with the effort and energy we played with, especially with the long travel day getting here," Coach Renzema said after the game. "We didn't really know how well we would come out tonight, but overall it was a good effort. We are starting to play better for longer stretches of the game and we need to continue to do that until we are playing well for 40 minutes."
The Lady Tigers are in action on Thursday night as they take on Clearwater Christian at 7 PM.