By Dave Hart
Local Sports Journal

FRUITPORT – The host Fruitport Calvary Christian Eagle girls basketball team played a strong game throughout Friday night’s victory over Potter’s House to grab the team’s second consecutive Alliance League championship 84-64.

“It was an amazing night for us tonight,” said Calvary Coach Brad Richards after the game and ensuing celebration. “This was not an easy championship and the girls really represented Fruitport Calvary Christian.”

The visiting Pumas tried intimidating the Eagles from the start by playing a fast tempo style of play.  The Eagles showed no fear as they manage to outscore Potter’s House 22-14 in the first quarter.

“The girls made good decisions with the ball and were unselfish,” stated Coach Richards. “We were determined at the start of the game that we were not going to be afraid of these fast inner city teams anymore.”

The successful Eagle first quarter would lead to a 9-0 run to start the second quarter, which opened up a 44-26 halftime lead.

Both Taylor and Allyson Richards had a strong first half.

Taylor Richards led the Eagles with a very strong 34 points, 18 rebounds, and four assists, while  Allyson contribute with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.

In the third quarter, the Pumas tried getting back into the game with a tough full court press.  The 18 point lead was sliced to a 12 point lead in less than two minutes of play.

Pumas Dana Hulst and Tiny Hunter led this charge and ended up with 23 and 22 points respectively.

The Eagles would overcome and outscore the Pumas in the third giving them a 67-48 lead after three quarters.

“We knew they would come out in the second half playing what I call Tiger flurry basketball.” said Coach Richards.  “I give our girls credit, they took a couple of punches and we responded by throwing a few punches back at them.”