Haylie Curtiss scored eight points to help Allegan defeat Lawton on Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Photo by Teressa Curtiss)

Allegan secures pair of victories

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

Dominant.
That one word pretty much describes the defensive effort turned in by Allegan during its girls’ basketball contest with Wolverine Conference South rival South Haven on Friday, Jan. 20.
How dominant was the Tigers’ defense, you ask?
Consider this: Allegan allowed no more than six points in any quarter, including one quarter—the second—in which the Tigers didn’t surrender a single point.
Dominant indeed.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Allegan came out on the winning side of the ledger, securing the 39-14 victory over the visiting Rams.
“I’m really proud of our defense,” Allegan coach Josh Holman said. “Anytime you can hold a team to four points in a half, you put yourself in a position to succeed.”
Not only did the Allegan defense prevent South Haven from scoring, but it also aided the Tigers in their scoring efforts.
“Tonight our defense set the tone and we were able to create multiple (offensive) opportunities for ourselves off of turnovers,” Holman said.
Leslie Scane led the offensive charge, nearly matching the output of the entire South Haven roster with 12 points. She also led the way on the defensive end with a game-best five steals to go with six rebounds.
Alison Bishop added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while Delanie Nahikian chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.
Allegan took control of the game from the opening whistle, outscoring the Rams 13-4 in the opening quarter. By halftime, the lead stood at 22-4.
The second half was a little closer, but the Tigers still held a 17-10 scoring edge and were never in danger of losing their lead.
All in all, it was an effort Holman found very pleasing.
“We still have things that we need to tighten up, but this group shows up each and every day with an enthusiasm and a want to get better,” he said.
The win was the second straight for Allegan, who bested Lawton 36-24 in a non-league showdown on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The Tigers outscored Lawton by at least three points in each of the first three quarters in building a 34-19 lead.
Scane led both teams with 14 points, while Kara Bishop and Haylie Curtiss both went for eight. Bishop also led the way with nine rebounds and Curtiss came up with a game-best five steals.
 

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