The second half was tight the entire way as Northland held on to a small lead for most of the half. The Lady Tigers took their only lead of the game at 66-64 on a shot from Sarah Steenwyk (Zion Christian). The Pioneers then made back to back difficult three pointers down the stretch to clinch the game.
Anna Iwaniw (Kent City), in her customary role as the first off the bench, was the offensive star for the Lady Tigers. Anna tallied 31 points for the game on 13 of 16 shooting from the field. She scored 15 in the first half and had 16 in the second half, before facing double and sometimes triple team defense. Sydney Wildeboer (Kent City) was the only other Tiger in double figures with 13 points.
The Lady Tigers outrebounded the Pioneers by a 42-28 margin. Amy Leszinske (Ravenna) led the team with 10 rebounds, with Iwaniw and Wildeboer each collecting eight. Kerie Rudd (Battle Creek Pennfield) collected seven assists to lead the team.
“We knew it was going to be a tight and competitive game”, Coach Rich Renzema said after the game. “We didn’t execute very well early on offense or defense and dug ourselves a hole. I was proud of the effort to rally, and I give Northland credit for making a couple of real tough shots down the stretch. They made us pay every time we gave them a little opening.”
“Anna Iwaniw was great on offense tonight”, Coach said about his super-sub. “It works well for our playing rotation to have her first off the bench because she is versatile and can play different positions. She has really taken to that role well.”
The Lady Tigers will have the opportunity to climb back to 500 on Saturday as they host Silver Lake College at 2 PM.