Pressure defense gives Fruitport Calvary Christian early lead in 58-23 win over Hudsonville Freedom Christian

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Early pressure lifted Fruitport Calvary Christian to a 58-23 win over Hudsonville Freedom Christian in Alliance league action. The Eagles jumped out with a press to take the early lead.

Taylor and Allyson Richards outscored Hudsonville Freedom Christian on their own. Taylor scored 26 points and had 17 rebounds while Allyson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Fruitport Calvary Christian.

Fruitport Calvary Christian applied early pressure with a full-court press and settled into its half court offense to take a 34-12 halftime lead.

Taylor Richards was honored at a recent Fruitport Calvary Christian homecoming celebration for breaking the school's scoring record.

Taylor Richards was honored at a recent Fruitport Calvary Christian homecoming celebration for breaking the school’s scoring record.

Junior Eagle standout Taylor recently broke the 1,500 point mark and the school record for most career points. The scoring record was previously held by 2013 graduate Hayley Mohr with 1,338 points. Richards was recently honored for the mark at a Fruitport Calvary Christian Homecoming ceremony.

“We don’t like to focus too far past our team but this is a special mark for Taylor,” said Fruitport Calvary Christian coach and father Brad Richards. “She’s always around the basket but isn’t afraid to find the open person. That’s what has made her so successful.”

Also leading the Eagles past Freedom was Brianna Zehr’s nine assists, five steals and six points. Jordyn Hamilton stepped up defensively shutting down Freedom’s leading scorer Lexi Pronk to two points.

“I was real please with all nine of my players tonight,” said Fruitport Calvary Christian coach Brad Richards. “We came out with a press and jumped out. We dropped into our halfcourt game and worked away.”

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