By Jason Wesseldyk
Fennville 35 Coloma 58
Fennville junior Coryne Howard won the individual scoring battle with Coloma senior Hannah Mathis when their teams met on the basketball court on Friday, Dec. 14.
But it was Mathis’ Comets who won the team battle.
Despite receiving a game-high 17 points from Howard, the Blackhawks dropped the 58-35 decision to suffer their first loss after opening the season with three wins.
Mathis had 15 points for Coloma.
“This was a tough matchup for us tonight,” Fennville coach Chip Nightingale said. “We believed we could go into Coloma and win, but Coloma’s girls played great defense and didn’t make mistakes. It felt like every shot they made went in. “
Danielle Davis added eight points in the loss.
Fennville 58 Lawton 33
A long-range attack from Coryne Howard helped lift Fennville to victory in its SAC contest against Lawton on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Howard knocked down five 3-pointers as part of a game-high 27-point effort that saw her nearly match the offensive output of the entire Lawton team as the Blackhawks won 58-33.
Danielle Davis joined Howard in double figures with 12 points. Holly Laraway added eight points and Nadia Allen chipped in with five.
Saugatuck 34 Schoolcraft 47
An early deficit proved to be too much for Saugatuck to overcome in its battle with state-ranked Schoolcraft on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Indians fell behind 24-13 after one quarter and went on to drop the game 47-34.
The loss dropped Saugatuck to 0-3 after facing teams that went a combined 58-2 in the regular season last year.
“There is no question we played hard enough to win this game, but again the same three areas of our game hurt us again: missed layups, missed free throws and some poor passing. We need to just keep working but with greater focus. This has been a heck of a way to open a season. Let’s hope we grow from it.”
Saugatuck, which trailed 31-17 at halftime and 40-29 after three quarters, had a chance to cut the deficit to eight points midway through the fourth quarter. But a missed layup turned into a 3-pointer for Schoolcraft.
Maddie Moore went for 12 points in the loss, followed by Zoe Myers with seven and Emma Walker with six.