The Eaton Rapids Girls Varsity Basketball team won an exciting and tight game against the Cougars from Lansing Catholic, 47-46. Using a hot start, the Greyhounds jumped out in the first quarter 17-9, breaking the Lansing Catholic press with ease, and playing some tough defense as well. Lansing Catholic is a good team, and they responded in the 2nd quarter by changing their defense, and it slowed the Greyhounds down quite a bit. At the break, Eaton Rapids held a 5 point advantage, 28-23. During the 3rd quarter, Lansing Catholic continued their tough half-court trap, and limited the Greyhounds into very few shots, and trying the game up for the start of the exciting 4th quarter. The two teams traded baskets for the first 4 minutes, but then the Cougars hit a big 3 pointer, and a 3 point lead put a little bit of pressure on the Greyhounds. However, Eaton Rapids used their size advantage and kept fighting. Taking the lead on a layup by Isabell Ausel (45-44) with a minute and a half to play, they Greyhounds new solid defense would win this game. Lansing Catholic came down, but turned the ball over. On the ensuing possession, the Cougars stole the ball at half-court and went down and made a layup to go up one point with 28 seconds left(46-45). Instead of calling timeout, the Greyhounds pushed the ball up the court, and with some good movement, the ball ended up in junior Kyra Acker’s hands. She hit a long 2 pointer with 18 seconds left giving Eaton Rapids the 47-46 lead. The Cougars came down, and tried to get into their offense, but a key traveling call gave the ball to Eaton Rapids with 9 seconds to go. In-bounding the ball, the Greyhounds ran off a few seconds, before getting fouled with 0.9 seconds left. Instructing his shooter to miss the free throw intentionally, essentially sealing the game for the Greyhounds. Ari Sysum led all scorers with 20 points to go with 11 rebounds. Isabell Ausel scored 11 points to go with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Serenity Horton added 6 points, Loralei Berry had 3 points, and Peyton Benjamin chipped in 3 also. Rounding out the scoring was Kyra Acker with 4 points. Kyra Acker also deserves special recognition for the outstanding defense she executed on the Cougars top player, limiting her to just 4 points after allowing that same player 19 during the first match-up. Due to the weather, the Greyhounds next play at undefeated Corunna on Tuesday, February 5.
- 46 Lansing Catholic High School
- 47 Eaton Rapids High School
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