In one of the toughest tests of the season, so far, the JV Girls relied on the strength of the squad’s defense to beat the Maroons of Holland Christian.
The first half of the game featured a cold game on offense for the Sailors, as many players were missing inside and outside shots. Fortunately, the defense was able to pressure the Maroons into making turnovers, even though the Sailors didn’t capitalize on many of those chances. The Sailors found themselves in an unusual position, heading into the locker room at halftime with a small deficit.
The second half started with more offense from the Maroons, who expanded their lead to 19-15. The Sailor squad stayed on the attack, bringing the Sailors to a 22-21 lead by the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Sailors started the 4th up by a point, and managed to turn up the intensity on the Maroons. After the lead went back and forth for much of the 4th quarter, the Sailors finally took the lead for the final time in the contest in the last minute, with Ashley VanderHorst and Jenn DeBoer sinking clutch free throws down the stretch.
Coach Pam VanderYacht said it was a great victory, against “one of the toughest opponents we have faced all season.”
Next Up for the Sailors: Conference Play begins against Thornapple-Kellogg on Tuesday.