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Lady Red Hawks take down league leader

Lady Red Hawks take down league leader

The Cedar Spring Girls Basketball team finished off a 2-0 week Friday (2-7) with an impressive 55-50 win over league leading Forest Hills Northern. 

Junior Jenna Powell goes up for two in game against Mona Shores. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

In their first meeting in early January, the Red Hawks dug themselves a hole falling behind 14-2 before battling back and giving themselves a chance to win late in the game. This time however, the game stayed neck and neck throughout and the Red Hawks made plays down the stretch to come away with a hard fought victory.

Cedar Springs held a 16-13 lead after the first quarter behind a trifecta of three-pointers from Darrah Miller, Kaelyn Colclasure and Avery Sparling.  Senior Kyla Andres added a pair of buckets to lead the Red Hawks in quarter one.  

FH Northern responded in the second outscoring Cedar Springs to tie the game 28-28 heading into halftime. Maggie Prins scored 4 points in the quarter.

Junior Arianna Rau finishes at the basket. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

Cedar Springs responded in the third outscoring Northern 12-9 to take a three-point lead into the final quarter.  Northern had built a 4 point lead halfway through the quarter, but the Red Hawk defense stepped up in the second half of the period. Arianna Rau scored a pair of baskets in the quarter to lead the balanced scoring attack.  

The game remained tight throughout the fourth quarter. Sparling knocked down a three-pointer with 5:54 remaining to give the Red Hawks a 4-point lead. Sparling hit another long jumper and a layup by Andres pushed the lead to 5 points with 2 minutes remaining. Cedar Springs made 8 straight free throws down the stretch to come away with the 55-50 victory.

Sparling led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Miller added 9 points and 5 assists, Andres put in 8 points, Rau added 7 points and hauled in 10 rebounds, Colclasure finished with 7 points, and Prins scored 6.

On Tuesday (2-4) the Red Hawks welcomed Mona Shores to town. Another close game, Cedar Springs won 38-34.

A low scoring first half saw the Red Hawks fall behind 13-14 at halftime. Prins scored 5 points in the opening half and Miller and Rau put in four apiece to lead the team through 16 minutes.  

Cedar Springs used pressure defense to jump on Mona Shores in the third period outscoring the Sailors 15-8 in the period. Sparling and Rau scored 5 points apiece to lead the Red Hawk scoring attack.  Cedar held a 28-22 lead after three quarters.

Mona Shores would not go away however and kept the game close in the fourth quarter. Big three pointers by Colclasure and Sparling kept the guests at bay and Cedar Springs was able to hang on for the victory.

Rau led the Red Hawks with 11 points and 7 rebounds followed by Sparling with 8 points, while Miller and Prins scored 6 points each. Prins added 6 rebounds and Colclasure dished out 6 assists on the evening.

Cedar Springs is 10-5 on the season and 4-3 in conference play. The Red Hawks were at home again on Tuesday (2-11) where they hosted FH Central in another battle against a league leading team. See that story in next week’s paper.

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