By Jason Wesseldyk
WATERVLIET—The first and last quarters of the boys’ basketball game between Saugatuck and Watervliet on Tuesday, Dec. 19, went well for the Indians, who held a combined 30-21 scoring edge in those two frames.
The middle two quarters didn’t go quite as well from Saugatuck’s standpoint.
Watervliet outscored the Indians 38-17 in the second and third stanzas to post the 59-47 victory.
Brad Dunn paced Saugatuck with 12 points, followed by Jackson Shriver with nine and Ryan Kunkle with eight.
The Indians jumped out to a 13-5 lead after one quarter, but trailed 24-19 at halftime thanks to a 19-6 deficit in the second period.
“The second quarter was really the difference in the game,” Saugatuck coach Andy Diaz said. “We got off to a good start, but I thought we got tired in second quarter.”
Watervliet extended its lead thanks to a 19-11 edge in the third quarter.
Saugatuck 54 Watervliet 58
Maddie Moore had a big game for the Saugatuck girls’ basketball team in its showdown with Watervliet on Tuesday, Dec. 19, scoring a game-high 20 points.
That effort wasn’t quite enough to propel the Indians to a victory, however, as they dropped the 58-54 decision.
“We’re right there,” Saugatuck coach Kevin Tringali said. “We continue to improve, but we still had just too many mental errors down the stretch and that’s what’s hurting us.
“No one is giving up. We’re going to keep working hard and continue to get better.”
Mel Goodell knocked down four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points in the losing cause.
Fennville 32 Gobles 78
Coryne Howard scored a game-best 22 points in Fennville’s contest with Gobles on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
That was the good news for the Blackhawks.
The bad news was that Gobles limited the rest of the Fennville team to 10 points as the Tigers claimed the 78-32 win.
Maddy Tiller led a quartet of Gobles players in double figures with 14 points.