Girls varsity basketball loses third in a row to Lowell 62-57


Junior Theryn Hallock led the way with 29 points this past Saturday, but it was to no avail as the girls varsity basketball team lost to Lowell 62-57. Even if the Rangers lost, their performance in the second half gives them a bright future for their next couple of matchups this season.

“Our second half was insane,” Theryn said. “We pressured them super well, played as a team, and got hyped for one another. Just a great performance all around by the girls.”

Going into their game against Lowell, the Lady Rangers came off of a tough defeat against East Grand Rapids the Thursday before but were looking to put that in their rearview mirror against Lowell to get back on track.

In the first quarter, it was all Lowell with the Red Arrows hitting a couple of good shots inside the paint to start off the game, and after that, the Rangers looked to push. They were playing great defense as they stopped some of Lowell’s lethal shooting attack. At the end of the first quarter, the Rangers were down by single digits but looked hopeful for a second-quarter comeback.

Once again in the second quarter, it seemed like Lowell hit their stride. With the Red Arrows hitting some shots from the three-point arc and the mid-range, the Rangers were looking to push the ball inside the paint to draw good looks on the outside of their own. Senior Zoe Lipke was getting a lot of great looks from beyond the arc as fellow senior Brittney Probst was getting it done inside and drawing a lot of attention to get those open shots. At the end of the first half, though, the Lady Rangers were down double digits and were looking for a spark to come out of the halftime break.

At the start of the second half, it looked like the Rangers were on a mission. Theryn was getting some great shots up and was getting some great looks at the rim along with diming up fellow junior Remmie Ingraham with some great passes which led to shots from the three-point line. Senior Ava Metaj also was very impressive, as she had a great game defensively and shooting the ball for FHC. The Rangers were cutting Lowell’s lead very slowly, and at the end of the third quarter, the Rangers were within five and looking to take home a win.

As the fourth quarter arose in what seemed to be an early morning for basketball, the Rangers were finding themselves getting into a rhythm. Zoe and Theryn were shooting the ball great while giving their teammates great passes to set up some good shots that would give them momentum. In the end, the Lady Rangers were looking to pull away, but the Red Arrows had some different plans. After a great make by Lowell in the paint, the momentum seemed to switch sides as Lowell pulled away in the final two minutes of the game to seal up a 62-57 win, handing the Rangers their third loss in a row.

“Even though we lost, our effort was there. We played with 100% in the second half and I couldn’t be more proud of the team,” Theryn said.

The Lady Rangers are now 3-4 on this season and will look to snap their losing streak against the Northview Wildcats this Tuesday, March 2nd at 7 PM. After this game, FHC will go on to face a familiar foe in Forest Hills Northern on Friday at FHC.