Posted on 17 February 2011.
Brittany Todd foes for the ball.
The Lady Red Hawks Varsity basketball team hosted both the Tri County Vikings and the Coopersville Broncos and grabbed wins from them both.
On Tuesday, February 8, the Red Hawks fell behind the Vikings in the first quarter 14-12, but they pulled ahead in the second 23-20 and never looked back. They scored 12 more in the third and held Tri County to 5, and both teams scored 9 in the last quarer to give the Red Hawks the win, 44-34.
“We [coaches] noticed something different about the girls’ energy tonight even coming out of the locker room before warm-ups. And it’s a good thing because Tri-County came ready to play,” said Chad Wight, assistant coach for the Red Hawks. “Tri-County was scrappy, had some good shooters, and wouldn’t go away. But our girls found a rhythm tonight and played a fun game to watch. Rachel Ludtke did some good work for us scoring and rebounding—another double-double. As a team, our shooting percentage was up. We shared the scoring when Tiffany Karger had 8 (and 7 rebounds), Chaya Coxon had 8, Hannah Wight had 6, and a few others hit shots at helpful times to keep us up.”
Coach Wight noted that the team’s defensive rebounding also grabbed their attention. “We began to dominate on the defensive boards in the second half, particularly late in the game, and that was great to see as coaches. Our defense did well keeping Tri-County out of sync on the offensive end. We forced turnovers and kept their shooting percentage down (28 percent).”
The Red Hawks then faced the Broncos on Friday, February 11. It was a slow start for both teams, with Cedar leading at the end of the first quarter 5 to 2, but from there on out, the lead remained with the Hawks, finishing the 4th quarter 32-20.
Leading scorer was Chaya Coxon with 10 points, followed by Tiffany Karger with 9 points, Rachel Ludtke with 8 points, Molly Holtrop with 3 points and Amber Milligan with 2 points.
On Tuseday 2/15 they traveled to West Ottawa for a non-conference game, but lost 42-34. Read about that game in next week’s Post!
The Red Hawks are now 6-2 in the OK Blue and 10-6 overall. Their next conference game is at Forest Hills Northern on Friday February 18. The Huskies’ record is 6-3 in the OK Blue and the out come of the game could decide who will take 2nd place behind the undefeated West Catholic Falcons. The Red Hawks will return home on Tuesday, February 22, to face Comstock Park.
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Posted on 17 February 2011.
Allie Veltkamp was high scorer.
The JV Red Hawks basketball team hosted Tri County on Tuesday, February 8. Tri County came out in the first quarter scoring the first 2 points of the game. But after that the Red Hawks took control and scored 8 points before the Vikings could make another basket. Cedar held the lead at the end of the quarter 12-6. In the second quarter, the Red Hawks scored another 10 points and went to the halftime break leading 22-17.
The Vikings came back from the break and scored 16 points to the Red Hawks’ 10 points and took the lead 33-32 at the end of the third. But Cedar came back strong in the last quarter scoring 13 points to Tri County’s 7 points. The JV Cedar took the victory 45-40.
Allie Veltkamp was high scorer, while Tamar Clark, Jeanette Sukstas, Abby VanDusen, Shaelyn Fasel and Sommer VanDyke also scored for the Red Hawks.
On Thursday February 10, the JV lady Red Hawks hosted Coopersville. The Red Hawks came ready to play scoring 13 points before the Broncos got on the scoreboard. Cedar led the game 13-4 at the end of the first. A slow second quarter for both teams only saw 12 total points scored, with the Red Hawks still leading 17-12 at the halftime buzzer.
Both teams came back in the third with stronger play and better scoring, with the Red Hawks scoring 11 points to the Broncos 9 points. Cedar held the lead 28 -21. Their tough defense held Coopersville to only 2 points in the fourth quarter, while Cedar Springs pushed hard and scored a total of 15 points. The JV Red Hawks girls took the victory with a final score of 43-23.
Balanced scoring saw Shaelyn Fasel, Abby VanDusen, Jeanette Sukstas, Sommer VanDyke, Allie Veltkamp and Tamar Clark all contributing to the total points for the Red Hawks.
The JV Lady Red Hawks were scheduled to travel to West Ottawa on Tuesday February 15, and to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday February 17. Read about those games in next week’s Post!
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Posted on 10 February 2011.
The Lady Red Hawks won the purple game last Friday night against the Spartans. Red Hawk Lindsey Kline looks for a way inside.
Last Friday’s matchup between the Lady Red Hawks and the Spartans kept the crowd on its toes with 2 lead changes and 5 ties. The first quarter ended with the Hawks in the lead 12-8, but the Spartans came back in the 2nd quarter and outscored the Hawks 9-3, and ended the half ahead of the Hawks 17-15.
Cedar came out of the break and scored some quick buckets by pressing, but Sparta kept in there and ended the 3rd quarter tied 25-25. The Red Hawks came back in the 4th and added to their score by being patient and looking inside. That drew fouls, and adding in some key free throws helped the Red Hawks outscore the Spartans 15-6, and win the game 40-31.
Tiffany Karger led the Red Hawks in scoring with 10 points, and Chaya Coxon tipped in 9. Also scoring was Rachael Ludtke (7), Hannah Wight (6), Molly Holtrop (5), Amber Milligan (2), and Lindsey Klein (1). Coxon went 5/5 in free throws, Karger went 4/5, and Ludtke ¾.
The Sparta High School boys and girls basketball teams brought attention to Lupus for both games Friday night against Cedar Springs. They raised money by asking for donations and selling purple T-shirts, and by wearing purple jerseys during the games. The girls varsity team wore purple to support and bring awareness of the auto-immune disorder that Sparta High School senior Courtney Marble has dealt with for years. Marble was able to start the game Friday after having just been cleared to play again by her doctors. She spent several weeks in the hospital this fall dealing with the disease.
For more information on this disorder, go to: www.lupus.org.
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Posted on 03 February 2011.
Chaya Coxon was leading scorer for the Red Hawks against Comstock Park with 15 points. Photo by R. Karger.
After a two game losing streak, the Cedar Springs Varsity girls basketball team broke the slump on January 25 and came back to win against Comstock Park 49 to 42. The Red Hawks ended the 1st period behind 14 to 18 but made up ground in the 2nd by outscoring the Panthers 11-3. It was an exciting game with 3 lead changes. Leading scorer was Chaya Coxon with 15 points and three rebounds and went 5 for 5 at the line for free throws; Tiffany Karger with a double double had 14 points and 11 rebounds; Rachael Ludtke also with a double double had 10 points and 12 rebounds; Hannah Wight with 6 points and 3 rebounds; Molly Holtrop with 2 points and 2 rebounds; and finishing up the scoring was Lindsey Kline with 2 points.
On Monday, January 28, the Lady Red Hawks hosted the Belding Redskins. It was a tough loss at home with Belding holding the lead throughout the night. Belding finished the 1st quarter with a 10 point lead 16 -6. Cedar came back with a better 2nd quarter scoring 10 points, but still ended the half trailing 31-16. Cedar out scored Belding in the 3rd quarter 9-6 but Belding was strong in the 4th and finished the game 49-34.
Rachael Ludtke goes up for the shot. Photo by R. Karger.
The Red Hawks leading scorer was Tiffany Karger with 11 points, Molly Holtrop, Hannah Wight and Rachael Ludtke all had 6 points and Chaya Coxon had 5 points. Tiffany Karger led the rebounding with 8, Amber Milliagan with 7, Rachel Ludtke with 6, Chaya Coxon with 5, Hannah Wight with 4, Brittany Todd with 3 and Molly Holtrop and Meghan Andres both with 2.
The Hawks’ record is 7-5 and 4-2 in the OK Blue. The Hawks were scheduled to play Tuesday, February 1, against West Catholic, who remain undefeated in the OK Blue, but that came was canceled due to the weather.
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Posted on 27 January 2011.
Red Hawk Tiffany Karger scored 9 points against the Kent City Eagles last week. Photo by R. Karger.
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity girls basketball team had a rough couple of games last week, losing to both Wayland and unbeaten Kent City.
The Red Hawks traveled to Wayland to face the Wildcats on Thursday, January 20.
Cedar Springs kept up with Wayland in the 1st and 3rd quarters, but were out scored in the 2nd and 4th due to a lot of unanswered buckets. The Red Hawks trailed by a score of 14-10 in the first quarter, and while the Wildcats kept up the pace in the second quarter, scoring another 14 points, the Red Hawks only managed 2. The third quarter saw more buckets from Cedar, but they only scored 10 points to Wayland’s 11. The fourth quarter was also dismal for Cedar, with them scoring only four points to answer Wayland’s 12. Final score was Wayland 51, Cedar Springs 26.
Scoring for the Red Hawks was Rachael Ludtke and Molly Holtrop both with 8 points; Chaya Coxon with 6; and Brittany Todd and Tiffany Karger both with 2. Coxon also went 4 for 4 on free throws and Ludtke 4 for 6.
Leading scorer for the Wildcats was Molly Lameyer with 18 points.
The Red Hawks then faced an unbeaten Kent City team on Saturday, January 22. Kent City kept the Red Hawks at bay, allowing them to score only 12 points in the first half, to Kent City’s 22. The Eagles came on even stronger in the second half, scoring 16 points in the third quarter to Cedar’s 5, and 19 in the fourth. Cedar answered with 13, but it was not nearly enough and the Red Hawks lost 57-30.
Leading scorers for the Red Hawks were Tiffany Karger with 9 points, and Rachael Ludtke with 7.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was Anna Iwaniw with 16 points. Also in double digits were Kara Carlson and Sonnie Kumat, both with 11. Alleigh Braford tipped in 8.
The Red Hawks were back on their game Tuesday, January 25, when they pulled out a close victory over the Comstock Panthers, 49-42. Read about it next week’s Post!
The Red Hawks are in second place in the OK-Blue with a 4-1 record, and are 7-4 overall. They host Belding on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym, and travel to face division leader West Catholic (5-0, 10-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at West Catholic High School.
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Posted on 20 January 2011.
Chaya Coxon had 11 points against the Huskies.
The Lady Red Hawks Varsity Basketball team made some tough shots when it counted last Friday to earn a 44-41 win over Forest Hills Northern.
The Red Hawks rolled out the welcome mat for the Huskies then jerked it away by taking an 8-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Huskies fought back toward the end of the second quarter, making their final five shots to tie it up 17-17 at the half.
In the third quarter, Rachael Ludtke scored Cedar’s first six points to give them lead. Chaya Coxon and Molly Holtrop added 3-pointers to extend the lead to 29-24 at the end of the quarter. The Huskies continued to battle it out in the fourth, and were within a single point with only 20 seconds left on the clock when the Red Hawks won the game at the free throw line, 44-41.
Top scorers for the Red Hawks were Rachael Ludtke with 12, and Chaya Coxon with 11. Molly Holtrop added 5, Hannah Wight had 5, Tiffany Karger and Meghan Andres tipped in 4 each, and Brittany Todd scored 2.
Coxon went 6 for 6 in free throws, and and Wight went 3 for 4. Karger was 2 for 3, and Ludtke 2 for 2.
“We out-rebounded the Huskies, and were very strong at the free-throw line (76 percent), particularly late in the game (Wight, Karger),” remarked Assistant Coach Chad Wight. “We recognize that those are key ingredients to being successful and winning games.”
Wight noted that the girls seemed to gel better as a team and got the job done. “We began to realize more of our potential tonight. We had a double-double from Rachel Ludtke underneath the basket, as well as a supporting cast of starters and bench-play that filled in the rest.
Rachael Ludtke charges the basket.
“We had some big shots down the stretch, particularly some treys from both Chaya Coxon and Molly Holtrop. Hannah Wight and Rachel Ludtke grabbed some huge rebounds for us in the closing minutes that kept us on top. The Huskies hit some threes to close the gap, but we never lost our intensity,” Wight added.
The Red Hawks are now 3-1 in conference play, and 6-2 overall.
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Posted on 13 January 2011.
Junior Chaya Coxon helped lead the Red Hawks to another win with 10 points against the Broncos Friday night. Photo by R. Karger.
Freshman Brittany Todd led the scoring for the Red Hawks with 13 points against Coopersville last Friday. Photo by R. Karger.
Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawk Varsity Basketball paid a visit to Coopersville last Friday, January 7 and came away with another victory under their belt.
The Red Hawks hit the ground running early and ended the first period with a 16-6 lead, and finished out at halftime with a 25-9 advantage. The Broncos did not back down, however, and out scored the Hawks by one point in the 3rd quarter and six points in the 4th. The Hawks were already well in the lead, though, and held on to win a 42-33 O-K Blue victory against Coopersville.
Cedar Springs, now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the O-K Blue, were led by freshman Brittany Todd with 13 points coming off the bench. Also contributing was Chaya Coxon with 10 points, Tiffany Karger with 5 points, Molly Holtrop with 4 points, Amber Milligan 4 points, Rachael Ludtke with 3 and Lindsey Kline 3 points.
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Posted on 16 December 2010.
Rachael Ludtke shoots a double double.
It was another great game last week when the Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks basketball team took down Forest Hills Eastern 48-28.
“The girls played with great energy tonight,” said assistant coach Chad Wight. “The athleticism of this year’s team allows us to play at a fast pace and, hopefully, wear some teams down.”
Their five starters–Chaya Coxon, Molly Holtrop, Hannah Wight, Tiffany Karger, and Rachael Ludtke—played most of the game. “They were very effective as a unit in the press, which allowed us to win the turnover battle,” explained Wight.
Wight said that the team shot 88 percent from the free throw line. “That kind of thing helps put the game well out of your opponents reach.”
He also said that they are getting better at communicating defensively and in transition. “It’s critical to have vocal leaders on the floor,” noted Wight.
“Our starting squad is young (2 Sophmores and 3 Juniors),” he added. “But this has been a good start for us as a team. The girls are having fun, and everyone is taking on their role rather well. They’re a great group to coach.”
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Posted on 09 December 2010.
Molly Holtrop driving the paint for two against Greenville.
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks girls varsity basketball team is off to a good start with two wins last week.
On November 30, they faced off against Greenville. They had a slow start, but by half time the Red Hawks led by 14-11. The Hawks never lost the lead throughout the game, and when it was all over, they defeated the Yellow Jackets 47-36.
Leading scorers for the Hawks were Tiffany Karger with 10 points, and Rachael Ludtke with 9 points.
The Red Hawks traveled to Lowell on December 2 and took on the Red Arrows. The Lady Red Hawks had a commanding start and led into the half 16-6. Lowell came back within one point in the 4th quarter but never took the lead.
Tiffany Karger led the Hawks with 15 points, and Rachael Ludtke was close behind with 13 points.
The girls took on Forest Hills Eastern Tuesday evening, and came out with a win. Read about it in next week’s Post!
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