The Girls Basketball season also had a slower schedule this week as a result of the holidays, but we still had plenty of great action to recap.


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Cornerstone Holiday Tournament–Showcase Game

Central Montcalm continued their season on Friday in the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament. They played a single game against Fruitport Calvary Christian. The Hornets fell behind by twelve points early in the second half, but they were able to come back and take the lead. Ultimately, the Eagles of Fruitport Calvary Christian won this game 50-46. Central Montcalm had to deal with foul trouble in this game, as four starters had at least three fouls in this game. Bailey Vissman led Central Montcalm with 11 points, and London Eldridge had 10 rebounds in this game. The Hornets struggled from the field in this game, going 15/57 from the field. The free throw discrepancy was also significant in this game, as the Eagles attempted 28 compared to Central Montcalm’s 18. Kelsey Richards for Fruitport Calvary Christian was 15/20 from the free-throw line on her way to 33 points to lead all scorers.


Cornerstone Holiday Tournament–Blue Division

In the Blue Division consolation game, Coldwater edged out Grand Rapids Catholic Central 39-38. This game was an offensive struggle from both sides, as Coldwater was 13/41 from the field and Catholic Central was 16/53. The Cardinals also outrebounded Catholic Central 40-30 in this game, a key difference in the outcome. The Cougars were unable to connect on any of their six three-point field goal shots in this game, while Coldwater hit one of their nine. The Cardinals also made six more free throws than Catholic Central. Anna Sullivan led GRCC with 10 points, while Carlee Crabtree had 15 points and 7 rebounds for Coldwater.

The title game saw the Rockford Rams take down the Forest Hills Northern Huskies 55-39. This game was very close in the first three quarters, Rockford carried a four point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Rams exploded for a 21-9 fourth quarter to earn their victory. Rockford won the rebounding margin 34-32, and they won the turnover battle with a +3 margin. Gabrielle Irwin led Rockford with 14 points, and Alina Anderson added 12 for the Rams. Faith Walker led all scorers with 19 points on 8/10 shooting for the Huskies.


Other Games in the Area

Byron Center defeated Wyoming 61-37 to improve their record to 5-1. The Bulldogs have won five in a row after losing the season opener, and they will be back in action on 1/9 against Grand Ledge. Wyoming is now 3-3 on the season, and they will take on Rockford on Tuesday.

East Kentwood defeated Hamilton 60-51 to move to 4-2 on the season. This is now back-to-back victories for the Falcons after a pair of losses evened their record at 2-2. The Falcons will play Northview on Tuesday. Hamilton slides to 2-4 on the year, and they will travel to Grand Haven on Tuesday.

Union defeated Ottawa Hills 63-42 to move to 3-2 on the year. The Redhawks will now face Holland at home on Tuesday. Ottawa Hills meanwhile slides to 2-3 on the season, and they will travel to Coopersville on Tuesday.

Hudsonville took down Jenison 46-45 to remain undefeated at 6-0 on the season. This was just the second game of the season that was decided by decided by under 20 points. On Friday, the Eagles will host Caledonia in league play. Jenison meanwhile slides to 2-3 on the season, and they will visit East Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

Coopersville defeated Oakridge 39-29 in their game on Friday. This was the first win of the year for Coopersville, as the Broncos move to 1-5 on the year. They will now host Ottawa Hills on Tuesday.

West Ottawa defeated Traverse City Central 50-37 on the road on Saturday. The Panthers now evened their record at 3-3 on the season, and enter league play on a two-game winning streak. They begin conference action by hosting Grand Haven on Friday.