Our Lady Greyhounds beat their rival Charlotte Orioles Friday night, 40-29. Celebrating our Winterfest celebration, motivation was not in short supply.
Starting from the opening tip, our Greyhounds jumped out to a 9-3 lead off of some stellar defensive play. However, back to back 3-pointers by the Orioles tied the game, before a layup gave the host Eaton Rapids the 11-9 1st quarter lead. In the second quarter though, the Greyhounds established themselves and showed who was in control of the game. Going on a 12-0 run, the Greyhounds took a lead they would never relinquish. After trading a couple baskets right before half, Eaton Rapids had a 14 point lead on Charlotte at halftime, 27-13.
In the 3rd quarter, both teams struggled to score, only putting a few points before Charlotte found an opening and sank in a long 3 to pull within 9. A layup late in the quarter extended the Greyhounds’ lead to 11, 33-22. In the 4th quarter, a quick 5 points by Peyton Benjamin gave Eaton Rapids a 16 point lead, and just held on from there.
While points seemed hard to come by, the Greyhounds used a balanced attack to get the win. Emily Cline led the Greyhounds with 11 points to go with her 10 rebounds, 6 steals, and 5 assists. Peyton Benjamin also had a solid night with 8 points and 8 steals. Loralei Berry had 7 points, Kyra Acker had 6 points, Serenity Horton had 3 points, Adi Sysum had 3 points, and Shelby Warner had 2. Grace Smith led Charlotte with 11 points.
While Eaton Rapids improved their record to 13-3 with the win, the night was highlighted by our very own Kyra Acker being named Winterfest queen! Congratulations to her!
Next week the Lady Hounds face a pair of tough games, traveling to Springport (14-2) on Tuesday to face the Spartans, before hosting league leading Portland (15-3) on Friday night. Come cheer them on!