Fennville’s Kortny Overhiser (left) provides defensive pressure against Saugatuck’s Caroline Finn.

Fennville girls get defensive in victory over rival Saugatuck

By: 
Leo Martonosi

Fennville girls’ basketball coach Ernie Ramirez and his team couldn’t quit smiling. And for good reason.
“This is the first time we’ve beaten Saugatuck at home since I’ve been coaching at Fennville,” Ramirez said after his squad’s 51-37 triumph over the Indians on Friday, Jan. 30. “Beating them tonight was more special than beating them at Saugatuck because it was at home.”
It wasn’t just another victory for Fennville standout Sydney DeJonge.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” said DeJonge, who not only dropped in a game-high 19 points, but also gathered in a game-high 12 rebounds.
“I’m not only proud of Sydney, but also of Stephanie (Fuller, who threw in 16 points) and Kortny (Overhiser, who canned eight points),” Ramirez said. “Actually (I’m proud) of all of the girls.”
The Blackhawks, who lost by 18 points to the Indians less than two weeks, never trailed.
“We wanted to start fast,” DeJonge said. “It was important for us to start fast.”
And they did just that in taking a 7-1 lead.
But the Indians tallied the next four points to trail only 7-5 at the close of the first period.
“That’s a good team and we knew they would be,” said Ramirez, whose team outscored Saugatuck 14-7 in the second quarter and never looked back.
The win came at a cost, however, as senior Megan Phillips was helped to the bench with eight seconds left in the first quarter with a knee injury.
Phillips, who didn’t return to the court, tore out her ACL against Saugatuck in a game last year.
“Megan might miss a game or two, but not the entire season,” Ramirez said. “The same knee that she injured last year just popped out.”
Three of Saugatuck coach Kevin Tringali players—Kerensa Stewart (12 points), Kiri Tiemeyer (11) and Caroline Finn (10 points)—reached double figures in scoring.

For full story, pick up a copy of the February 5 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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