Sound defense leads the girls varsity basketball team to a 64-45 win over Jenison


It seemed like everything finally came together for the girls varsity basketball team on Tuesday night. In a 64-45 win over Jenison, the girls played incredibly on the defensive end, led by senior Theryn Hallock and junior Delaney Smith. Theryn was the X-factor for the Lady Rangers on the offensive end with 36 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals.

“The girls were a little out of rhythm to start,” head coach Kristina Prins said. “Eventually, we put our foot on the gas pedal and never gave up.”

Following two huge wins to start the season, the girls varsity basketball team faced a huge task as the Jenison Wildcats came to FHC, boasting a record of 2-0.

Tip-off finally came around, and as anticipated, the game was super close. Jenison struck first, but the Rangers stuck with them the entire first quarter. Theryn was a big factor in the first quarter, scoring 13 points and draining three three-pointers. Her sidekick, freshman Jordan Koning, also made a three of her own, with sophomore Maggie Sneider getting a bucket inside as well. With Jenison keeping it close, the Rangers trailed 19-18 at the end of the first. 

The second quarter was close, but the Rangers took the lead for most of the quarter. Theryn made two more threes, and junior Delaney Smith added 4 points of her own with a couple of good finishes at the rim. Fellow junior Maya Holser also added 2 points of her own with a great post-move. Maggie added a bucket of her own as well, giving the Rangers a 32-28 lead at halftime.

The second half was full of great defense from the Rangers. The girls only gave up 17 points in the second half, led by Delaney. She locked up defenders all over the perimeter while Theryn, Maya, and Maggie locked down the Wildcats’ paint. On offense, Theryn knocked down two more threes, bringing her total to seven in the game. Maggie added another excellent finish in the paint, while her counterpart, Maya, scored 6 points. Along with them, Delaney scored 4 in the second half to lead the lady Rangers to a 64-45 victory over Jenison. Delaney finished with 8 points and 2 steals, while Jordan finished with 5 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. Maya finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Maggie finished with 4 points and 7 rebounds. Overall, the Rangers had an outstanding performance against Jenison; their defense and offense clicked all game.

“Very proud of how our girls played,” Prins said. “I’m hoping that these great games can lead into the Cornerstone Tournament next week and big games ahead.”

The girls are now 3-0 heading into the annual Cornerstone Tournament coming up next week on Tuesday, December 21, and Thursday, December 23.