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Lady Red Hawks poised for strong finish in OK Gold

Lady Red Hawks poised for strong finish in OK Gold
Junior Aubrie French (12) attempts to get past South Christian defender.
Photo by T. Sparling.
Senior Kaelyn Colclasure attempts a 3-pointer from the corner against Kenowa Hills. Photo by T. Sparling.

The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball Team is 6-3 at the midpoint of this shortened basketball season and are looking to make a strong run to compete for the OK Gold Conference crown and the District Tournament title.  

The Lady Red Hawks are two games back in a tight conference race and get to play each of the teams who defeated them once again in the second part of the schedule.  

Game Recaps:

February 16 – Cedar Springs 53, FH Eastern 41

Cedar Springs used a strong second half to defeat the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern 53-41 to move their record to 4-1 on the season. Senior Avery Sparling scored 14 of her game high 18 points in the first half and classmate Kaelyn Colclasure scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half to lead the team in scoring.  

Sophomore Jessa Patin chipped in 8 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in the win. Junior Darrah Miller scored 5 points, hauled in 7 rebounds and had 4 steals as well.

February 19 – Cedar Springs 40, Catholic Central 28

A strong defensive performance helped the Lady Red Hawks secure their second straight conference victory over a good Catholic Central squad. The tough defense only allowed Catholic Central 5 second quarter points and 3 fourth quarter points on the evening.

Colclasure again had another strong offensive performance totaling 17 points, including 3 three pointers. Miller followed with 11 points and Sparling with 9. Senior Jenna Powell led the team in rebounding with 6 boards.

February 20 – Cedar Springs 44, Lowell 30

The ladies were back at it a night later with a non-conference game hosting a young Red Arrow team from Lowell. Lowell jumped out to a quick lead and held that lead throughout the first half (14-17). However, the Lady Red Hawks once again put together a strong second half, holding Lowell to 13 points and the offense came alive over the final two quarters to pull out the victory.

Sparling led the way with 16 points (9-12 from the free throw line) and 6 rebounds. Colclasure poured in another 13 points on the evening. Miller scored 6 points and hauled in a career high 13 rebounds.

February 23 – Cedar Springs 28, South Christian 34

Cedar Springs suffered its first defeat in the last 3 games falling to a tough South Christian team.  After a close first quarter, the offense fell cold in the second and went to the locker room trailing by 12 points. The ladies were able to pull the within three points late in the game, but were unable to pull off the comeback. Strong second half defense led the way as South Christian was only able to score 10 second half points. The defense held South Christian scoreless for a 10-minute stretch.

Sparling led the team in scoring with 8 points followed by Miller with 5.  Sparling, Miller, and Senior Gloria Alvarez led the team in rebounding with 4 apiece.

February 25 – Cedar Springs 33, Thornapple-Kellogg 52

The Lady Red Hawks suffered their second consecutive loss in a road game at TK. TK jumped out to a quick lead as Cedar Springs never looked in sync throughout the evening. The ladies made a couple of pushes to cut into the lead and make a game of it but ran out of steam each time.

Miller led the team in scoring with 10 points and pulled down 5 rebounds.  Powell scored 6 points and had a team high 9 rebounds. Colclasure dished out 5 assists on the night.

February 27 – Cedar Springs 57, Kenowa Hills 31

Cedar Springs wasn’t going to let a repeat happen of the TK game and decided to turn the tables on the Kenowa Hills Knights. The ladies used pressure defense and a high energy performance to jump out to a 16 -2 first quarter lead. The strong defense continued throughout the evening as the Lady Red Hawks got back on track and defeated Kenowa Hills.

Miller led the team in scoring with 16 points (4-5 from three) and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists.  Sparling (10 points, 5 rebounds) and Powell (10 points) followed.  Patin scored 8 points and Junior Ella See scored 4 points and had 4 rebounds on the evening.

The Red Hawks were back in action on Tuesday against Ottawa Hills.  

Remaining Schedule below:

March 2 – Ottawa Hills (Home) JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00pm

March 4th – Wayland (Away) Frosh 4:00/ JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00pm

March 6th – Greenville (Home) Frosh 4:00/ JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00pm

March 9th – FH Eastern (Away) Frosh 4:00/ JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00pm (Frosh play Sparta at FHE)

March 12th – Catholic Central (Away) JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00pm

March 13th – Kent City (Away) JV Noon/Varsity 3:00pm (FROSH @ EGR 5:30pm)

March 16th – South Christian (Home) Frosh 4:00/ JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00pm

March 18th – Thornapple Kellogg (Home) Frosh 4:00/ JV 5:30/Varsity 7:00pm

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