The Grace Bible College Lady Tigers have been playing solid defense all season, but the offense had not been performing to the same level. The Tigers shooters started to find the range this weekend as they captured their own Christmas Tournament crown with a convincing 70-45 win over Kuyper College.
Abby Schultz (Calvary Schools of Holland) was on fire in the championship game, leading the Lady Tigers with a career high 28 points, including a sizzling 8 for 13 from beyond the 3-point arc. Marissa Pelletier (Calvin Christian) and Sydney Wildeboer (Kent City) provided inside scoring with 13 and 10 points respectively. Anna Iwaniw (Kent City) led in rebounds with 11 and assists with 7.
Coach Renzema was feeling upbeat about the state of the team after the game saying, “I like the direction we are heading as a team. Our shots are starting to fall and we have to be able to score no matter how well we play defense. Winning a few games has improved our confidence and it is nice going into the break on a winning streak. We still have a lot of improvement to make, but we are doing a lot of things well.”
In the opening round of the tournament, the Lady Tigers defeated Appalachian Bible College by a 69-33 score. Sydney Wildeboer (Kent City) had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way. Marissa Pelletier (Calvin Christian) also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Iwaniw (Kent City) just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Amy Leszinske (Ravenna) and Kerie Rudd (Battle Creek Pennfield) each added nine points. Every Grace player scored at least five points.
The depth of the Lady Tiger squad showed over the two games as their non -starters out-scored their two opponents by a 37-0 margin.
“We have confidence in all of our players to be able to make plays”, Coach Renzema said about his team. “All of the girls on our roster have the ability to score and play defense and it is a nice luxury to have. Every player played at least 16 minutes in both games and everyone scored on both games. Not a lot of NCCAA teams can do that.”
The Lady Tigers are now off until January 8 when they will travel to Chicago to take on Moody.