Girls varsity basketball suffers first loss of the season 68-55 to Grand Rapids Christian


Despite the great 32 point performance from junior Theryn Hallock, the girls varsity basketball team lost to the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles by a score of 68-55. It was a tough game on Tuesday night as the Lady Rangers were missing two of their best players in seniors Brittney Probst and Ava Metaj. With this and the combination of playing one of the top teams in West Michigan, the Rangers just could not find the run they were looking for at the end of the game to seal the win.

“It was not our best game as a team,” senior captain Zoe Lipke said, “we just couldn’t find our rhythm most of the game.”

As the Lady Rangers did lose on Tuesday, one of their bright sides was seeing junior Remmie Ingraham finally come back to the floor after missing two years of action due to two ACL tears. She had 7 points last night and came in clutch for the Lady Rangers as she put in a lot of clutch shots in key situations for the girls.

“Remmie came back for us and had a great game,” Theryn said. “After seeing her go through all of her injuries, it was really good to have her back on the floor fighting for wins again.”

With Remmie coming back, the Lady Rangers had an extra boost in their step last night even with the absences of Ava and Brittney. 

“I was excited on the court because I have been out for so long,” Remmie said. “My team has been so supportive and encouraging throughout all of my injuries so having them to accompany me on the court made this game even better.”

It wasn’t an ideal first half for the Lady Rangers as they started off very slow. The Eagles pulled away with a 10 point lead at one point in the first quarter and then were up by 12 at the end of the first. In the second quarter, we saw most of the Lady Rangers’ production being from Theryn Hallock on the offensive end of the ball. The defense could not get their usual dominance put in place as the Rangers still trailed by double digits going into halftime.

Going into the second half, the Lady Rangers knew that they needed to find some momentum and fast. They got off to a great start and started hitting shots on what seemed to be every possession at the start of the third quarter as they pushed the Eagles lead to a modest three points. From great passing from Zoe to great looks from Theryn and getting Remmie some great looks from the arc, the Rangers were looking promising as they went into the fourth quarter down by five. 

As the Lady Rangers looked to continue their great streak of momentum going into the fourth quarter, it halted almost immediately as the Eagles started hitting shots from everywhere. The Rangers looked like they were going to put a little bit of a run together into the final four minutes of the game, but all was said and done as Grand Rapids Christian pulled away with it by a score of 68-55.

“In the end, we just really needed to finish strong and never give up because they were super athletic and we just got out hustled in specific times and we just have to learn from that as a team to always keep pushing,” Theryn said.

The Lady Rangers are now 2-1 after suffering their first loss of the year and will look to bounce back against the Greenville Yellow Jackets this Friday, February 19, at 7 PM here at FHC.