Girls JV basketball takes on the Byron Center Bulldogs in a tough 56-36 loss

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On Tuesday, the girls JV basketball team took on the Byron Center in their first matchup of the season against the Bulldogs. Despite their two-game winning streak, the Rangers were unfortunately not able to stop the Bulldogs’ dagger-like shooting from outside of the paint, as they went on to lose 56-36.

As the game commenced, the Bulldogs immediately found their stride and put themselves up by eight within the first few minutes of play. However, the Rangers were able to fight back against them by getting several quick steals and a few fast breaks, adding points to the board. Sophomore Maya Holser and freshman Maggie Sneider were the main contributors to the Rangers in the first half, as they went on to combine for twelve of the teams sixteen points. 

As the second half began, the Bulldogs slowly began to draw away with the lead; however, the Rangers never slowed down their competitive drive. They put up a valiant effort, and there were a bunch of players who contributed in points throughout the third and fourth quarters. Freshmen Zenash Cumings, Lacey Smith, and Clara MaKenzie all were able to score some valuable baskets for the Rangers and run the floor when opportunity called. Along with securing multiple rebounds apiece against the Bulldogs aggressive crashes, Maya and Maggie also put up several more baskets, each in the second half.

After this loss, the team now sits with a record of 2-3 for the season. They will be heading to East Grand Rapids High School on Thursday, February 25th to take on the Pioneers. The girls are looking for a different outcome in this game and will be tipping off at 5:30 pm.