By Jason Wesseldyk
Saugatuck 37 Allegan 43
Coming into its non-league game with Allegan on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Saugatuck girls’ basketball team was riding a three-game winning streak.
Allegan’s Alison Bishop did her part to make sure the Indians didn’t extend that streak to four.
Bishop scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the final quarter to lift Allegan to the 43-37 win over the Indians.
Saugatuck led 29-28 after three quarters.
“We came in playing our best basketball of the season and I had a good feeling about this game,” Saugatuck coach Kevin Tringali said. “But we just didn’t play as well as we needed to. We had too many turnovers and didn’t execute like we needed to.”
After Saugatuck’s Emma Walker opened the fourth quarter with a basket to push the Indians’ lead to 31-28, Bishop responded with a 3-pointer on Allegan’s next possession to knot the score at 31-31. Fifty seconds later, she connected on another triple to give the Tigers the 34-31 edge.
Saugatuck managed to tie the score at 35-35 on a pair of free throws from Maddie Moore. But the Tigers responded with an 8-0 run—which featured four points from Bishop along with two each from McKenzie Burmeister and McKennah Burmeister—to go up for good.
The game started well enough for Saugatuck, which didn’t allow Allegan to score until late in the first quarter. But a strong second quarter had the Tigers leading 21-13 at halftime.
A 16-7 third-quarter advantage for the Indians—including nine points from Moore—gave Saugatuck the 29-28 edge after three quarters.
Moore led Saugatuck with 15 points, followed by Erin Stannis with eight.
Fennville 41 Bridgman 38
A potential game-tying 3-pointer as time expired wouldn’t fall for Fennville in its game with Bridgman on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The result was a 41-38 loss for the Blackhawks in the non-league contest.
Coryne Howard played well in the losing cause, leading all scorers with 25 points.