By Jim Goorman
Local Sports Journal
Monday night belonged to the Fruitport Calvary Christian Eagles and sisters Taylor and Allyson Richards. The Eagles soared past Muskegon Heights Academy, 93-45.
It was a total team effort for a Calvary team that had five players score in double figures. But the game was dominated by the Richards.
Taylor played her usual steady game and garnered a rare feat for any athlete, a triple double. She scored 18 points, pulled down 18 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Sister Allyson scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds.
“This is my first (triple double) so I am pretty excited,” said the fourth-year junior Taylor. “My teammates mean everything to me and we are having a fun season together. It is also fun to play with my sister as we know each other so well and can pass over to each other. I know her moves and she knows mine.”
Meanwhile the team had three other players score in double figures as senior Brianna Zehr and Jordyn Hamilton each had 12 points and senior Becca Wolffis sparked her team off the bench with 10 points.
Zehr also had seven assists to complement her offensive night.
The Richards duo helped build a 29-10 first quarter advantage and then an insurmountable 54-22 halftime lead. The second quarter started with a 15-0 run which set up the the running clock early in the third.
The Eagles had a well manufactured fast break offense and mixed in a stifling man to man pressure defense to exemplify the trade mark of veteran coach Brad Richards.
“I love playing for my dad,” said Taylor. “It has completely changed the player I am and am thankful for him.”
Danasia Day and Frendreka Watkins-Oliver lead Muskegon Heights Academy with 16 points apiece as the two combined for five 3-pointers.