Girls varsity basketball falls to Lowell 77-56 despite a strong second half


After another tough loss against Byron Center the Friday prior, the girls varsity basketball team had yet another tough game against one of the better OK-White teams in the Lowell Red Arrows.

Senior Theryn Hallock just continued to add to her Ms. Basketball race in Michigan with yet another great game. On Friday night in a 77-56 loss to Lowell, Hallock tallied 39 points and had a plethora of great plays on both sides of the ball. In the end, though, the Lady Rangers took yet another loss after a tough game against the Red Arrows.

The first-quarter start was strong for FHC. Right out of the gate, Theryn made two threes to put the Rangers up six. By the end of the quarter, Lowell found its groove. The Arrows managed to go on a 7-0 run after Theryn’s scores and the Rangers could only do so much with the full-court defense that Lowell ran. Theryn tallied all 10 for the Rangers in the first as they were down 17-10.

The second quarter was not much better for the Lady Rangers. Lowell went on a scoring spree from downtown, draining four threes in the quarter alone. Meanwhile, the offensive production for FHC was not great. Theryn was finally being shut down for most of the quarter.

At the end of the half, the girls picked it up a little bit with Theryn being able to score on two nice finishes at the rim. Then, on the final possession of the half, Hallock found junior Frankie Sutton for a wide-open layup to go into the break down 30-16.

As the Rangers came out for the second half, the team had much more energy than the first half. Every play was with intensity and the team defense had gradually improved as the half went on.

In the third, Lowell started off hot but FHC quickly picked it up. It started with a couple of shots that went in from Theryn and then junior Maya Holser making two free throws at the line. Right after that, fellow junior Maggie Sneider finally got going after struggling in the first half. She scored four in a row for FHC, putting in a layup and two free throws as well.

Theryn got hot again after that possession, scoring nine points in four straight possessions and forcing a Lowell timeout. Maggie made another layup before the quarter ended and Theryn made a bucket in transition. The gap was cut to 51-41 at the end of the third, giving the Lady Rangers a ton of momentum going into the fourth.

In the fourth, both teams had the same energy. A back-and-forth match started and both teams were scoring at will. The Red Arrows started out scoring with a three-ball, but the Rangers came back quickly. Junior Delaney Smith went one-for-two at the line to start the scoring but Lowell just kept its foot on the gas.

Theryn did everything she could, swatting away passes and making countless buckets in transition and from deep. Even though the Rangers cut the gap to seven at one point, Lowell got the last laugh on a late-quarter run. FHC suffered its second loss in a row by a score of 77-56. 

After this game, the ladies are now 7-7 and 3-4 in conference play. They will travel to East Grand Rapids to face the all-talented Lady Pioneers. Even though FHC did beat them earlier in the season, EGR has been on a hot streak as of late and will look to get revenge on the Rangers.