The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team twice build double-digit leads, but had to hang on at the end to defeat Battle Creek Calhoun Christian 53-46 on Thursday in non-conference action.
Calvary led 22-10 after one quarter, punctuated by a half-court buzzer-beating shot by Kelsey Richards. Calhoun came storming back to tie the game 26-26 at halftime, and also hit a half-court shot of their own at the end of the first half.
The Eagles outscored the Cougars 18-8 in the third quarter and eventually built their lead to 46-34, before the Cougars climbed back into the game again. Battle Creek cut the lead to 46-43 with two minutes left before seven straight free throws by Richards, Lizzie Cammenga and Cate Anhalt sealed the victory for Fruitport Calvary, which converted 17 of 20 from the line in the game.
Richards had 35 points and 13 rebounds for Calvary, Lizzie Cammenga added 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Kyra Hamilton snagged 12 rebounds.
Fruitport Calvary is now 3-1 on the season.
WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE
HART 66, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 35 – The Pirates led 15-14 after one quarter, then took control in the second with a 15-3 advantage.
Nicole Rockwell led Hart with 12 points, Rylee Noggle added 10 and Paige Eisenlohr and Kendall Williamson both had nine points apiece.
The Pirates improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
MONTAGUE 57, OAKRIDGE 31 – Claire Meacham had 13 points while Braquelle Osborne has 11 points and 7 assists for Montague, which improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
SHELBY 49, NORTH MUSKEGON 19 – Shelby raced out to a 32-8 halftime lead and never looked back. Lauren Dean led the Tigers with 16 points and four steals, Kendall Zoulek had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Lexi Schultz had eight points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Shelby improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
BATTLE CREEK CALHOUN CHRISTIAN 36, FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 34 – Jacob May led Fruitport Calvary with 16 points, but left the game with an injury at the end of the third quarter. A last-second putback attempt by Calvary went in and out of the bucket, ending hopes to force overtime.