The GBC Lady Tigers, looking for their first victory of the season, traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee to play Johnson University. Johnson came into the game averaging over 70 points per game and early on, they showed their shooting prowess, jumping out to a commanding 21-12 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the half. The Lady Tigers re-grouped, however, and only gave up a single point to the host team for the remainder of the first half. The Tiger offense was not able to take advantage, and went into the half with a 22-21 defecit.
The Lady Tigers continued the solid defense in the second half and started to make a few shots and got out to a five point lead on a few different occasions, but were never able to extend the lead. With the score tied at 55, the Tigers took possession of the ball with 20 seconds left in the game looking to take the last shot. They got two quality looks, but they would not drop and the game headed to overtime.
The neither team took charge in the extra time until the host team executed a perfect high-low play to take a 61-59 lead with 27 seconds left in the game. The Tigers got another good look at a shot to tie the game, but it would not drop and the game ended with a 61-59 count.
The Tigers were hampered by significant foul trouble for all of their post players throughout the game. Also adding to the pain was a significant leg injury to leading scorer Kim Kamp in the first half.
“We played really hard, but give Johnson credit for making one more play than we did,” Coach Renzema commented about the loss. “It is becoming a broken record where we play so hard and do some good things, but this young group needs to learn how to win and that can be hard to do sometimes. The good news is that we get to go out and try again tomorrow.”
Abby Schultz (Calvary Schools of Holland) led the Lady Tiger scorers with 18, Kerie Rudd (Battle Creek Pennfield) added 11, Anna Iwaniw (Kent City) had eight, and Sydney Wildeboer (Kent City) chipped in with seven. Kerie Rudd and Anna Iwaniw were both in double digits in rebounds with 11 and 10 respectively. Amy Leszinske (Ravenna) chipped in with five points and led the team with five assists.
The Tigers will travel to Nashville on Saturday to take on Welch College.