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Multiple Teams · Mariel Bruxvoort accounts for half the scoring as South Christian girls sail to win over Forest Hills Eastern

By Steve Ungrey |
on January 11, 2017 1:25 AM, updated January 11, 2017 1:42 AM

Even in victory, coaches can sometimes get a little bit nervous.

Such was the case of South Christian coach Kim Legge, who found Tuesday’s OK Gold clash against Forest Hills Eastern to be a bit too close for comfort.

The Sailors had enough in the end for a key league victory, as Mariel Bruxvoort‘s 25 points were big in a 50-43 victory.

On top of 26 points against Wayland on Friday, Bruxvoort helped the Sailors (5-5 overall, 2-0 OK Gold) to stay in the thick of things.

“My team has figured out how to work with people and figure out each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Legge said. “We had to get to this point where we all work together, and we’ve got just the right group out there. They’re trusting each other and they’re having fun.”

Forest Hills Eastern (3-5, 0-2) didn’t have a definitive answer against the Sailors, thanks in part to Bruxvoort’s strong play.

“She is truly one of the area’s better players,” Eastern coach Troy Hammond said. “She was 9 for 14 shooting tonight. We were efficient from the line and pretty balanced, but we just didn’t have the answer for her throughout the game. It was pretty balanced. It wasn’t just one quarter.”

Ryan Harvey and Kaleigh McKee each scored 15 points for the Hawks, who have a 3-5 record mainly due to tough competition. They have lost twice to Forest Hills Northern and once each to Lowell, Grand Rapids Christian and the Sailors.

“You don’t want to use a difficult schedule as an excuse,” Hammond said. “But playing the teams we’ve played will make us better. I think we’re better than our record indicates.”

The Hawks host Wyoming on Friday, and South Christian travels to GR Christian.