Wayland falls short in loss to Grand Rapids Christian
After watching his team erase a 10-point halftime deficit in the Blue Division title game of the Cornerstone University High School Holiday Tournament against Grand Rapids Christian, Wayland girls’ basketball coach Marty Howard knew the formula was simple.
“We were able to win the third quarter after being down by 10 at half and I told the girls at the start of the fourth that we just needed to win that quarter too and we obviously would win the game,” Howard said.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Eagles had other ideas.
Grand Rapids Christian outscored Wayland 14-8 in the final stanza to post the 46-40 victory in the Wednesday, Dec. 23, contest.
Sydney Muller led the way for the Eagles, scoring a game-best 22 points, including a 10-of-10 showing at the free throw line.
“We knew going in they would be a challenge,” Howard said of the Eagles. “Their only loss was a one-point game to South Christian, who we know to be a good team as well.”
Seniors Ali Martus and Sydney Ritz led Wayland (4-2) with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The game started well enough for the Wildcats, who led 12-10 at the end of the opening frame. But a 17-5 scoring advantage by Grand Rapids Christian in the second quarter sent Wayland to halftime facing a 27-17 deficit.
“I felt like we executed our offense very well in the first part of the first quarter, but from that point on until halftime things were a bit stagnant on both ends of the floor,” Howard said. “I really felt like we were a bit lifeless for much of the first half.
“I told the girls they had to find the motivation inside them to fight back together and perform as a unit.”
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