Girls varsity basketball falls to East Grand Rapids 56-50 despite a great battle between Theryn Hallock and Macy Brown


Senior Theryn Hallock continues to play at a high level, game in and game out. In yesterday’s 56-50 loss at East Grand Rapids, Hallock dropped 22 points and made plenty of plays on the defensive side of the ball while trying to get the Rangers to mount a comeback late. Yet, after countless possessions, the Pioneers just kept the green light from downtown all night long.

The late second-half surge against Lowell on Friday proved that the girls could still stick with the best of the best in the OK White, but a trip to East Grand Rapids is always a tough task for the Rangers.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle. The Rangers started as hot as the previous game against Lowell with a three-ball and a couple of excellent finishes at the rim by sophomore Maggie Sneider and Theryn. On the defensive side, the Pioneers were getting shut down for the most part, but when a coach has a guard like Macy Brown, they are in good hands. Brown carried the Pioneers on her back in the first, tallying a majority of the team’s points as the Rangers were down close at the end of the first.

The second quarter saw more dominance from the Pioneers than the Rangers. Yet, junior Delaney Smith continued to stand her ground on the defensive end, adding to a tremendous defensive game last week against Lowell. Theryn continued to score on the offensive side, but everything else just wasn’t falling for the lady Rangers. Freshman Jordan Koning got a three-ball to go in near the end of the quarter but FHC was still down close at halftime. 

Second half action was even more entertaining than the first half, with both teams shooting lights out and fighting back and forth. Theryn continued her dominance from beyond the arch and junior Maya Holser and Maggie continued to dominate in the paint. Maya had a couple of layups go her way in the second half while Maggie dropped a mid-range shot and sank a couple of free throws. Although the Rangers were doing great on the offensive end, EGR just continued to keep its foot on the gas. Brown had a career night, finishing with 24 points and ultimately, a revenge win. The Lady Rangers fell yet again 56-50.

The Lady Rangers are now 7-8 and 3-5 in conference play. They will travel to Forest Hills Northern to face the in-district rival Huskies. That game will be on Friday, February 11th, at 7:30 PM.