Cedar Springs posted their third conference win last Friday night, January 6, with a hard fought victory over the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern High School, 45-41. The win keeps them atop the OK Blue conference tied with West Catholic at 3-0.
The Huskies got out to an early lead in the first few minutes of the game, as both teams played hard aggressive defense. Cedar came back in the later minutes of the first quarter to trail by one point 11-10.
Cedar turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter holding FHN to only six points, while getting a big three-pointer from Molly Holtrop and an old fashion three from Tiffany Karger. Cedar went into the halftime break leading 23-17.
The Lady Red Hawks continued the good defense that has been their hallmark so far this season. Coach Scott Taylor commented that the team’s main focus this year has been their defense and their defensive intensity. “We will continue to work hard on the defensive end in practice and bring that to game,” he said.
Cedar was able to stretch their lead to as many as 13 points at one point in the second half, but the Huskies were not finished. FHN turned up their defensive efforts, which led to some quick steals and lay-ups in the fourth quarter. Northern got to within three points in the waning minutes but clutch free-throw shooting forced FHN to foul and pulled out the victory for Cedar.
Karger led the way scoring 14 for the Red Hawks, followed by Chaya Coxon with 10. Rachael Ludtke scored 8 points with 13 rebounds, Holtrop had 5, Brittany Todd 4, Hannah Wight 2, and Allie Veltkamp got 2 on free throws at crunch time.
The varsity is off until Friday the 13th when they travel to Comstock Park to face the Panthers.