Saturday girls basketball roundup: Western Michigan Christian stuns visiting Whitehall with 60-32 win

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Western Michigan Christian girls basketball caught Whitehall off guard on Saturday in a 60-32 home win for the Warriors. 

Taylor Folkema led all scores with 23 points, 13 of those coming in the second half for WMC. The senior also had seven rebounds and three steals in the non-conference victory.

WMC’s Taylor Folkema goes in for two points. Photo/Randy Riksen

Whitehall held the Warriors to a 7-7 tie after the first quarter off a 3-pointer from Greta Hosticka and a pair of field goals from Makenne Russell and Charley Klint. 

WMC responded in the second quarter with a 21-8 run led by the trio of Folkema and sisters Maddie Wiersema and Kyla Wiersema.

Folkema scored eight second quarter points while Maddie Wiersema dropped in six points and Kyla Wiersema added four points to help the Warriors to a 28-15 halftime lead.

The third quarter was more Warriors, as Folkema led with seven of her 13 second-half points. 

Maddie Wiersema finished with 14 points while Kyla Wiersema added 10 points and six rebounds.

The Warriors are now 6-1 overall this season and 4-1 in conference play.

GR UNION 49, REETHS-PUFFER 47 – The Reeths-Puffer girls basketball team narrowly fell 49-47 to Grand Rapids Union on Saturday in an OK-Green conference clash.

Maddie Wiersema goes up for a shot over Whitehall’s Jade Taylor. Photo/Randy Riksen

The game was tied 47-47 until Grand Rapids Union made two free throws with just .5 seconds left to secure the game.

Sophia Heckkema led the Rockets with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Ally Seiber added seven points and nine rebounds.

KENT CITY 56, GRAND RAPIDS CONVENANT CHRISTIAN 36 – Kent City used an 18-5 fourth quarter advantage on Saturday to pick up a victory.

Maddie Geers led the Eagles with 17 points while Kenzie Bowers and Lexie Bowers each finished with 13 points.

Kent City is now 9-0 overall on the season and remains 4-0 in conference play.

EAST KENTWOOD 54, GRAND HAVEN 43 – Grand Haven was unable to overcome a 30-20 halftime deficit in a conference loss.

Taylor Kolkema slashes through the lane for Western Michigan Christian. Photo/Randy Riksen

Zoe Spoelman led the Buccaneers with 16 points while Molly Long added 10 points. Avery Keefe totaled seven rebounds with Grand Haven.

Grand Haven is now 1-6 on the season and will play at Caledonia on Tuesday.

HART 50, NORTH MUSKEGON 18 – Hart jumped out to a 20-3 advantage on Saturday and never looked back, cruising to victory.

Aspern Boutell led Hart with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Jayd Hovey added 10 points, four steals and three assists. Marianna VanAgtmael added 10 points for Hart who are now 7-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 54, MASON COUNTY EASTERN 14 – Mason County Central dominated on Saturday while improving to 3-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

Nyah Tyron led Mason County Central with eight points and three steals while Grace Weinert added eight points, three assists, three steals, and five rebounds.

SPRING LAKE 52, FRUITPORT 12 – Spring Lake shut out Fruitport in the first quarter, leading 19-0 and eventually cruising to victory.

McKena Coron goes in for a Whitehall layup. Photo/Randy Riksen

Meah Bajt led the Lakers with 13 points and six steals while Jennifer Judge totaled 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Fruitport was led Auebre Johnson with four points.

Spring Lake is now 2-4 overall and in conference play while Fruitport is now 1-7 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

WYOMING 43, MONA SHORES 32 – The Mona Shores girls basketball team fell for the first time this season.

Riley Rosenthal led the Sailors with 11 points while Bri Wade totaled nine points.

The Sailors are now 7-1 overall on the season.

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