Loss to Covenant ends season for Fennville girls
By Leo Martonosi
If next year’s version of the Fennville girls’ basketball team improves as much as this year’s version did, then conference powers like Gobles will have their hands full with the Blackhawks.
“We are hungry for more wins,” said Blackhawk coach Chip Nightingale moments after his team dropped a 61-46 Division 3 district semifinal to Covenant Christian on Wednesday, March 6.
Fennville hiked its win total from two a year ago to nine in Nightingale’s second winter at running the program.
Nightingale and his relatively young squad, spearheaded by All-Conference and All-State hopeful junior Coryne Howard, hated to see the season come to a halt.
“It’s sad for the seniors to play their final high school game, but (assistant coach) Josh (Weimer) and myself are already looking forward to next season,” Nightingale said.
Danielle Davis, one of five seniors on Nightingale’s roster, reached double digits with 11 points.
“This was a good game for Danielle to go out,” Nightingale said. “We are going to miss her and the other seniors.”
Those other seniors are Holly Laraway, Christi MacDonald, Caylee MacDonald and Nadia Allen.
If Coryne Howard wasn’t dialing long distance for 3-point buckets, she left her defenders looking for her shoes on several occasions.
“I really wanted us to win tonight,” said Coryne Howard, who once again led Fennville with 23 points.
This was the first season in Howard’s three-year varsity career that she didn’t miss any games because of shoulder issues.
“It was great to be injury free for the most part,” Howard said.
Also reaching double figures in scoring for Fennville in the district encounter at Saugatuck was junior Jacqui Jaimes with 10 points.
The win was only the fifth of the season for Covenant Christian.
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