By Jason Goorman
Local Sports Journal
The freshmen came to play Monday night in Reeths-Puffer’s 65-35 win over visiting Muskegon Heights Academy.

Reeths-Puffer freshman Kalisa Williams scored 13 of her team-high 18 points in the first half. Muskegon Heights Academy freshman Amiya Brown tallied a game-high 23 points scoring 14 second-half points.

“Williams is wise getting to the basket and up the court while Brown was just as focused getting to the basket tonight,” said Puffer coach Brandon Barry about the standout play from the two freshmen.

But in the end, Reeths-Puffer showed the Tigers they have a lot to work on.

The Rockets jumped ahead early with full-court pressure and grabbed a 12-2 lead midway through the first quarter.

“We are still developing our defensive sense,” Barry said. “But to get those baskets out of transition are just good for us.”

The Rockets’ attack built a 19-6 first-quarter lead and a 33-17 halftime edge.

Grace Swanson gave Reeths-Puffer solid minutes with 12 points while point guard Taylor Seidell chipped in eight points.

“Seidell runs things well,” said Barry. “It is nice to have girls who are focused on going to the basket.”

The Tigers were led defensively by Amari Chalk with four blocks while Brown had four steals and six rebounds.