NEW BUFFALO — The Fruitport Calvary Christian Eagles are not blessed with a lot of height on their basketball team.
So when the Eagles run into a bigger team, there can be struggles.
That was the case on Tuesday night when the Eagles ran into Kalamazoo Hackett and Alyse Baughman. With Baughman leading the way, Hackett defeated Calvary Christian 43-34. Baugham scored 24 points for lead Hackett.
“One girl gave us trouble,” Eagle coach Matt Payton said. “We had trouble stopping the size. We tried to force outside shots and we were able to do that at times. Then we got into foul trouble and that takes away from being as aggressive as we want to be on defense.”
The first half was a downright battle as the Eagles led 9-5 after one quarter and the game was tied at 14-all at the half. In the third quarter, Hackett started to build a lead thanks to a 15-7 advantage in the quarter.
“We are not very deep so that hurt us a little bit too,” Payton said. “And we struggle against size.”
McKena Wilson led the Eagles with 20 points. Nora Pollock had six rebounds and four steals.
“McKena played a very good game,” Payton said.
“Both teams played really hard,” he said. “I’m super proud of the girls the way they fought to the end.”
Calvary finished the season 11-13.
Kalamazoo Hackett (17-8) advances to the Division 4 regional final on Friday night.