Cedar Springs girls varsity basketball team came away last week with two hard fought victories over Sparta 45 to 31 and Comstock Park 41 to 30 in OK Blue competition. The victories, coupled with FHN’s win over West Catholic, put the team back into a first place tie with West Catholic, with each team boasting a 6-1 conference record.
On Tuesday night, January 31, Cedar travelled to Sparta to play the always tough Spartans. The Red Hawks started out with a 13 point first quarter and stretched their lead to 8 points at the halftime break. Sparta fought back in the second half to close with 6 at the end of the third quarter but Cedar again showed their composure by hitting free throw after free throw, as the Spartans were forced to foul at the end of the game.
Tiffany Karger continued her high scoring ways with 23 points, including going 11 of 14 from the line. Supporting her efforts were Rachael Ludtke with 11, Chaya Coxon with 7, Molly Holtrop chipped in 3 and Brittany Todd added 1 and much needed rebounding support.
On Thursday night, February 2, against the Panthers, the Red Hawks started out slow, hindered by their own unforced errors and some ineffective shooting. Comstock Park held a two-point lead at the break 16 to 14.
Coach Taylor thought that the team rushed themselves too much in the first half but settled down as the game progressed. “We did a much better job of taking care of the ball and did not rush as much. We played more the way that we practiced,” said Taylor.
The team again shot well from the charity stripe going 15 for 22.
The girls were led by Tiffany Karger’s 14 points, followed by Rachael Ludtke with 11, Molly Holtrop scored 4, Brittany Todd and Allie Veltkamp had 4 each, and Chaya Coxon 1.
The team host Coopersville on Tuesday night and travels to Forest Hills Northern on Friday. See next week’s Post for results of those games.