The Lady Tigers got out of the gate slowly once again Friday night at Northland as they fell behind by a 25-10 margin. The girls from Grace, however, came to life and scored the last 10 points of the first half to close the gap to 25-20 and giving them a sense of hope for the victory.
The second half was a seesaw battle that saw both teams take small leads. Critical turnovers down the stretch doomed the Lady Tigers and they couldn’t get a critical basket when they needed it most. Down three with a little over seven seconds left, the Tigers had one last shot to send the game to OT. Brittany Summerfield’s long range shot from the right corner found net, but officials ruled it was after the buzzer to seal the 51-48 loss to the host Pioneers.
Anna Iwaniw (Kent City) came to life in the second half, scoring 17 of her team leading 19 points in that frame. Abby Schultz (Calvary Schools of Holland) scored 10 and Kerie Rudd (Battle Creek Pennfield) chipped in with nine. The Tigers dominated the rebounding by a 49-22 margin. Kerie Rudd led the way with 13 and Anna Iwaniw completed the double double with 10 boards.
“We have been getting out slowly in our games lately and that cost us today”, Coach Renzema commented after the game. “Overall it is hard to complain about allowing only 51 points to a good offensive team like Northland, but we just had too many empty possessions on offense.”
The Lady Tigers will finish the regular season on Saturday as they play at Silver Lake College.