GRAND RAPIDS–The Kent City Eagles girls’ basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter and won the championship game of the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament.

The Eagles overtook Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 47-44, in the Silver Division championship game.

Kent City trailed most of the game, but rode the strong efforts of their veteran ballplayers, senior Lexie Bowers and junior Maddie Geers to get the win.

Bowers had a game-high 21 points. She also had seven rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocked shots. Bowers was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Geers scored 14 points, grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, had six blocked shots and two assists. Geers was named to the all-tournament team.

Forest Hills Central jumped out to 19-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and forced Kent City to play catchup all afternoon.

The Eagles cut into the Rangers lead in the second stanza, outscoring them 20-14, and entered halftime trailing, 33-27.

Kent City held a slim 8-7 scoring edge in the third quarter to narrow the gap to 40-35 going into the fourth quarter.

The Eagles’ defense made some crucial stops and the Kent City offense outscored the Rangers 12-4 during the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

Other offensive leaders for the Eagles included Hailey Kamphuis with six points and four rebounds and with six points and three rebounds.  Savannah Miller also chipped in six points and three rebounds.

Kent City (6-2) will take on state champion Fowler (5-3) on Tuesday evening at Aquinas in Grand Rapids.

In addition to their Eagle mascots, Kent City and Fowler have a lot in common when it comes to girls’ basketball. Most notably, both teams have finished their last two seasons in the state finals. 

On Tuesday, Kent City and Fowler will meet for the first time.

J.V. Game: 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Game: 7:00 p.m.
All Tickets: $5.00
Aquinas College — Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center
1580 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49506