Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Catholic girls basketball team attempted to overcome a first quarter breakdown Friday, but fell short in a 65-47 non-league loss to Wyoming.

The Crusaders trailed 23-5 after the first quarter and were down 34-13 at the half. They struggled with Wyoming’s quickness, pace and full-court press defense.

MCC pulled within 13 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t overtake their Class A opponent.

“We played toe-to-toe with them for three quarters. They have a lot of really good players and our girls showed a lot of class,” said Crusaders coach Erich Adams. “I’m proud of our team. It will certainly be a game that will benefit us down the road.”

The Crusaders (2-1) were led by Tootie Thompson’s 12 points and Momo Neal’s nine point, 14 rebound performance. Toya Briggs added seven points for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders made 32 of their 76 shots from the floor.

Kendell Jefferson paced Wyoming (2-0) with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Noel Hernandez added 16 points and 14 rebounds while Jayla Branch pitched in 14 points.