By Craig Beilfuss
MUSKEGON—The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team wrapped up a share of the Lakes 8 Activities Conference championship title on Saturday evening with a 73-19 win over conference foe Manistee.
The Warriors will share the last basketball title of the Lakes 8 conference with the Ludington Orioles.
WMC got out to a 4-0 start only to see Manistee come back with a 6-0 run to take there only lead of the game at 6-4.
The Warriors went on to score the next 23 points of the first quarter, led by senior Kyla Wiersema who scored 22 of those points. Wiersema finished the night with a game high 38 points.
Manistee managed to connect on a 3-point shot to end the opening period and found themselves trailing 27-9 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Warriors continued to pile on the points in the second stanza outscoring the Chippewa’s 19-6 to take a 46-15 halftime lead. WMC freshmen Lexi Dagget hit three 3-point shots in the second period to lead the Warrior attack with nine points.
There was no offensive letting up on the pedal in the second half for the Warriors, as they held a 15-3 scoring advantage in the third quarter and a 12-1 advantage in the final eight minutes over Manistee.
“Kyla was incredible in the first quarter with 24 points,” Goorman said. “She took over on defense as well. The girls looked for her in positions to score.
“We definitely finished the season on a great note,” said WMC coach Jeremy Goorman. “We worked incredibly hard on the defensive end of the court. Our goal is for this defense intensity to continue on Wednesday night in districts,” Goorman said.
The only other Warrior in double digits was Dagget who tossed in 13 points while hitting four 3-point shots for the Warriors. Sophomore Ashley Folkema had a team high eight assists.
WMC finished the regular season with a 15-4 overall record and 9-1 in the Lakes 8 Activities conference. The Warriors will be back in action Wednesday, March 2 at Holton in the girls Division 3 district. They will take on the winner of Monday evening’s contest between North Muskegon and Shelby. Game time is set for approximately 7 p.m.