Martin senior point guard Pam Heijerman attempts to drive past a defender during the Holland Calvary Christmas Tournament. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Clippers fall one point short against Holland Calvary

By: 
Leo Martonosi

The championship game of the Holland Calvary Christmas Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 30, started well enough for the Martin girls’ basketball team with the Clippers leading 13-9 after one quarter of play.
But some early foul trouble by senior Jazmin Hildebrand changed all that.
With Hildebrand forced to spend more time near Martin coach Doug MacVean on the bench than she did with her teammates on the floor due to two fouls, the Clippers’ upper hand on the scoreboard quickly vanished.
The Crusaders outscored the Clippers 21-7 in the decisive second period in grabbing a 30-20 halftime advantage. And while Hildebrand and her Martin teammates fought back in the second half, they fell just short, dropping the game 43-42.
Despite missing much of the opening half, Hildebrand—the Clippers’ leading scorer and rebounder for the season—still finished with a game-topping 23 points.
“I probably should have put her back in the game sooner,” MacVean said after the Crusaders scored 10 straight points in taking a 28-18 lead. “But I wanted to keep her from getting that third foul.”
Holland Calvary coach Shannon Badgero could sympathize with MacVean when it comes to playing without one of your top players for an extended period of time.
“I’ve been in the same situation a few times over the years myself,” said Badgero.
Hildebrand ended up being whistled for her third foul with 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
And while MacVean didn’t necessarily agree with all the calls being made by the referees, he refused to go as far as to blame the three men dressed in black and white for his team’s loss.
“The bottom line is we got out-hustled and out-worked,” he said.
 

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