Local Sports Journal

Senior Rachel Bruinsma made sure a share of the River Valley league crown didn’t slip out of the grasp of the Western Michigan Christian Warriors.

And fellow senior Vanessa Eekhoff did her part as well.

Bruinsma scored 14 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, blocked five shots and dished out five assists in the Warriors’ 61-48 victory over the host Tri-unity Christian Defenders. ¬†Eekhoff scored a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds and four blocks.

The Warriors had a huge first half scoring and owned a 48-21 lead.

“The first half we pressed quite a bit then got a lot off of that,” WMC coach Mike Henry said. “Rachel scored quite a few off the press. She had 12 points the first half.”

Tri-unity did battle back to within 49-43 in the final quarter, but the Warriors pulled away late.

Lindsey Johnson added nine points and Julie Merz had seven points and five assists.

April Wudden led Tri-unity with 18 points and freshman Sarah Buffum added 15.

WMC finished the league slate at 7-1, identical to Muskegon Catholic, which handed WMC its lone league setback on Friday night.

The Warriors finished the regular season 14-6.