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Girls Basketball season ends with loss to Forest Hills Central


Cedar Springs girls varsity basketball ended their season with a loss in a close game in their district, and on their home court against Forest Hills Central on Monday, Feb. 24.

The girls played hard and stayed close for most of the game. Cedar Springs went into half time only trailing by 2 points. Forest Hills Central came out strong and extended their lead in the 2nd half ending on top with a final score of 45-52.

It was a team effort with all contributing.  Scoring for the Hawks were Brittany Todd, Aubree Mouthaan, Mikenzie Francis, Sam Taylor, Taylor Baker, Sayge Wight and Allison Snavley. Aly Hamiliton grabbed several rebounds and Nikki Matzke and Alysha Chaney chipped in with great defense.

Out with injuries were Mary Monterusso and Jessica Kriekaard, who gave encouragement to all. All in all it was a great effort put out by everyone and it was sad it had to end.

Overall for the season the girls were 6-14, 4-6 in the OK Bronze conference.  Through all the ups and downs the girls played tough and came up just short on several games. Having 9 seniors out of 12 on the team made it very tough for it to come to an end. Playing together for 9 years and knowing that this was the final game they would ever play on their home court at Cedar Springs High School made it even harder. Congratulations on completing the season with a great game.

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Red Hawks push season record to 15-3

Red Hawk Molly Holtrop keeping her opponent at bay.

The Cedar Springs girls varsity basketball team won two more contests last week, upping their win total to 15 for the season, with victories over Holland West Ottawa 58-46 and a league victory over Comstock Park 58-40.

Tuesday night, Feb. 14, the ladies came out of the locker room on fire as they put in 19 points to take an 11 point lead at the end of the first stanza. Their offensive ways continued into the second quarter and, at the break, they had a comfortable 21point margin 35-14. They needed all of that lead, as West Ottawa looked like an entirely different team in the second half.

The Panthers played extremely hard in the second half, pressuring defensively and going hard to the basket. West Ottawa outscored Cedar in the second half by 9 points, but once again Cedar’s excellent free throw shooting prevailed. The Red Hawks went 16 of 19 from the line, to put the game away.

Rachael Ludtke led the team with 18 points followed by Tiffany Karger with 14.  Hannah Wight contributed 10, Chaya Coxon had 9, and Molly Holtrop chipped in 7.

Friday brought the Panthers of Comstock Park to the Hawks’ Nest and it was a special night all around. The team was presented a banner from the Army National Guard and the MHSAA for their sportsmanship, as judged last season by game officials, opposing coaches, and athletic directors. It was also senior night for the ladies, and four seniors were honored for their contributions: Chaya Coxon, Tiffany Karger, Rachael Ludtke, and Nicole Shevock.

After a tough first quarter, the game was tied at 13 each as the two teams traded baskets. Once again, as it has been all season, the team turned it up on the defensive side of the ball, holding the Panthers to only 4 points in the second quarter to lead at the half 24-17.

The second half belonged to the Red Hawks, as they built their advantage to 20 points midway through the fourth quarter. The team was able to get more players into the game late and allow some game time experience in front of a good crowd.

Rachael Ludtke was high scorer with 14, Chaya Coxon was 3 for 3 from beyond the arc and contributed 12, and Tiffany Karger just missed another double/double scoring 11 points with 9 rebounds. Molly Holtrop and Allie Veltkamp both scored 6 points, Hannah Wight had 5, Abby VanDusen 2, and Jeanette Sukstas 2.

The Red Hawks travel to Belding on Tuesday night and finish up the regular season with West Catholic on Friday night at home, which could decide the OK Blue Championship.


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CS girls’ varsity gets two league victories

Cedar Springs varsity girls basketball picked up two more wins last week. In the photo above, Shaelyn Fasel dribbles the ball for the Red Hawks.

The Red Hawks were twice victorious last week picking up wins on Tuesday night over Coopersville 36–21, and on Friday beating the tough Forest Hills Northern squad on the road by a 41–30 margin.  The wins put the ladies into sole possession of first place in the OK Blue conference, with a record of 8-1 (13-3 overall as of Monday).

The Coopersville game saw the Red Hawks play some more of their outstanding defense allowing the Broncos to score no more than 7 points in any quarter. On the offensive side, the team was short handed, as starting point guard Molly Holtrop was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Cedar scored first and never trailed at any point in the game.

Tiffany Karger led the way with 19 points to continue her high scoring ways.  Rachael Ludtke followed her with 11 and Brittany Todd, Chaya Coxon, and Hannah Wight each delivered 2 point.

On Friday night, the ladies headed to Grand Rapids to face the Huskies of FHN for the second time this season. CS had won the first match up at home in a tight one 44-41, with the Red Hawks needing to hold on in the fourth quarter for the win. This game was no different than the first, with each team trading baskets and trading the lead 6 times in the first few minutes.

Early in the second quarter with FHN leading 9–8, Cedar was able to get the ball inside and Rachael Ludtke scored three consecutive buckets on excellent feeds from her teammates, forcing Northern to call time out and adjust their defense.  After that the Red Hawks were in control.

As the game wound down, Northern was forced to press and when they were unable to steal the ball, as they tried to trade fouls for possessions. The tactic failed, as Cedar hit their free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Tiffany Karger scored 17 points to lead the ladies and went 9 of 10 on her free throw attempts, many of them coming in the fourth quarter. Rachael Ludtke pitched in with 10 points, Chaya Coxon had 5, Molly Holtrop had 4 with 3 assists, Brittany Todd 3 with a giant defensive rebound near the end, and Hannah Wight scored 2 but came away with 5 offensive rebounds.

The Red Hawks played again Tuesday the 14th at home, in a non conference battle with Holland West Ottawa, and will return to league action Friday with a home game against Comstock Park.

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Lady Red Hawks earn two more victories

Tiffany Karger goes up for the shot.

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.

Rachael Ludtke going for a shot.

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.

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Cedar girls lose to West, get win over Tri County

Tiffany Karger led in scoring for the Red Hawks last week, getting 21 points against West Catholic, and 19 against Tri County.

Cedar Springs girls varsity basketball team traveled to West Catholic High School on Friday, Jan. 27, to face the other undefeated team in the OK Blue, the Falcons. After an entertaining game, the ladies of West Catholic came out on top 43-42, in front a near capacity crowd.

The game was tight from the beginning, with West Catholic holding a one point lead after the first quarter but Cedar fought back to take a three point lead into the halftime break 18-15.

In the third quarter, West Catholic came out with a renewed aggressive offense that featured a two-player pick and roll game and attempted to run the ball up the court at every opportunity. West was able to open up a 9-point lead late in the third quarter. Cedar countered and picked up their defensive pressure and was able to close the gap to 34 to 27 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was exciting as Cedar closed the gap and took the lead late in the fourth quarter. There were several lead changes late in the game with West scoring with about 20 seconds to go. Cedar had one more chance but could not connect on their last attempt at the horn.

Coach Scott Taylor was proud of his teams’ effort. “The girls fought hard and we competed to our best. A game like that always comes down to a few possessions.  Not the last one but different moments throughout the game.”

Tiffany Karger led the Red Hawks with 21 points, Chaya Coxon and Rachael Ludtke each contributed 7.  Molly Holtrop had 4, Brittany had 2, and Hannah Wight had 1 to round out the scoring.

The girls then hosted the Tri County Vikings on Saturday, Jan. 28, in a make up game. The Red Hawks came away with the win by a score of 47-34.

Cedar jumped out to an early lead by 8 points at the end of the first quarter and extended that lead to 25 to 8 at the halftime break. Cedar cruised home to the victory but looked a little tired having played on back to back nights.

Tiffany Karger again led the Red Hawk scoring with 19 points followed by Allie Veltkamp with 9, Chaya Coxon with 8, Hannah Wight had 6, Brittany and Rachael Ludtke with 2 each, and Shaelyn Fasel scored 1.

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Girls basketball off to strong start

Molly Holtrop

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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