MUSKEGON — Following a week without a game, the Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team finally returned to the court Tuesday night and celebrated with a tight, 46-40 victory over Grand Rapids Covenant Christian in a non-conference game at home.

“Getting back after a week without a game was a fun experience,” said Warriors head coach Jeremy Goorman. “We started well, but Covenant came out in the second quarter and made every possession difficult.

“I was very happy with the win against a good team. We are sad to lose another player tonight. Kirsten Vanorman had a knee injury and could not play. We are praying for a quick recovery.”

The Warriors opened the game with a 16-5 first quarter, but Covenant came back with an 11-6 advantage in the second, but the Warriors maintained a 22-16 lead at the half.

WMC outscored Covenant, 13-10 in the third period and headed into the fourth quarter with a 35-26 edge. Covenant closed the gap with a 14-11 edge in the final eight minutes.

Kyla Wiersema paced the Warriors with 20 points. Maddie Wieresma added 14, and she also grabbed six rebounds.

Covenant was led in scoring by Lydia Meulenbuerg and Chloe Kaptein who each had nine points.

The Warriors lifted their record to 10-4 overall, and they will next be in action Wednesday at Manistee in a makeup game in the Lakes 8 Activities Conference.