MANISTEE — After a delay caused by the double booking of the game officials was straightened out, the Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team finally got to take the court later than expected for Wednesday night’s makeup game with Manistee in the Lakes 8 Activities Conference.
Playing with only five players at the end of the game, the Warriors still managed to handle the home team easily, defeating the Chippewas, 78-32.
“We executed on offense and played team defense,” said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “I am pleased that the girls played well as a team.. We had 25 assists for the night and only 10 turnovers.
“Libby Mast had a solid game on the defensive side of the ball, and contributed seven rebounds. Unfortunately, she had a bad ankle injury and we are waiting on her results.
“This is another hard loss for our team, but the girls continue to work. We are down to five varsity players, and are relying on the JV team to add minutes.
“I am super proud of the hard work they are putting in this year.”
WMC asserted their will from the start, jumping out to a 23-8 lead in the first quarter. The Warriors then outscored the Chippewas, 13-11 in the second to build a 36-19 halftime cushion.
The Warriors settled the issue with an 18-2 third quarter, moving out to a substantial 54-21 lead heading into the fourth period. WMC outscored Manistee, 24-11 in the final eight minutes.
Lexie Daggett shot well again from beyond the 3-point arc with five triples and 21 points.
Maddie Wiersema scored 20 points, 14 of them coming in the second half, and she grabbed eight rebounds. Her running mate, Ashley Folkema knocked down three triples and finished with 11 points and dished out eight assists. Kyla Wiersema added 11 points.
The Warriors improved to 11-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference. Western Michigan Christian is next scheduled to see action on Friday at Orchard View.