The Lady Red Hawks traveled to Muskegon on Monday afternoon to play in the first round of the MHSAA state tournament against the Sailors of Mona Shores. Cedar entered the game with a record of 16-4 and Mona Shores (13-7) had won their last 7 games in a row.
Mona Shores is a quick athletic team that presses and uses their speed to their advantage. Cedar looked tentative as the game started and worked hard breaking the press. The Sailors’ tactics worked, as Cedar had difficulty getting into their offense. The first half was the story of the game, as Cedar had ended up with more turnovers (11) than shots (10). At the half the Red Hawks trailed 27 to 15.
The second half became a physical game as the referees, as the saying goes, let them play. Cedar got good looks at the basket but was not able to hit their shots until the fourth quarter, when Chaya Coxon and Tiffany Karger hit a pair of three-pointers. A quick steal and a bucket by Molly Holtrop cut the lead to 43 to 39 with just over a minute to play. Cedar got no closer, as they were forced to foul to try to trade free throws for possessions. The Red Hawks were assessed two technical fouls in the last 40 seconds, and Mona Shores iced the game from the line.
“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Coach Taylor.
Tiffany Karger was high scorer for the Red Hawks with 12. Chaya Coxon put in 8 points, Molly Holtrop and Rachael Ludtke each chipped in 6, Hannah Wight 4, Allie Veltkamp 2, and Brittany Todd 1.
Seniors Chaya Coxon, Nicole Shevock, Rachael Ludtke, and Tiffany Karger played their last game for the Red Hawks and they will be sorely missed next season. The future for Coach Scott Taylor looks bright with two starters returning and a junior varsity that posted an 18-2 record this season.
Thanks to all the Red Hawks for an exciting year of winning basketball.