Girls varsity basketball extends winning streak with win over Forest Hills Northern 61-39


It was just the medicine the doctor ordered for the girls varsity basketball team as the Lady Rangers pulled out a valiant 61-39 win over the Forest Hills Northern Huskies this past Friday. Junior Theryn Hallock showed yet again why she is one of the best girls basketball players in the state as she dropped 24 points along with having 7 steals on the defensive side of the ball.

“Those girls played awesome,” coach Kristina Prins said, “even though I couldn’t be there, their intensity was there all night.”

After a bounce-back win over Northview this past Tuesday, the Rangers were looking to keep the snowball rolling with another victory, but this time over the Huskies of FHN. The Huskies have been very injury-plagued all year with their star junior Faith Walker being out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. This would play a key part in the Rangers’ success all night without the presence of Walker in the paint. 

As the game started, FHC was again looking to put pressure on the defensive side of the ball. It was clear from the opening pass as the Rangers came out in a full-court press that eventually led to a turnover by the Huskies giving the Rangers their first bucket of the night by senior Zoe Lipke. Their run would continue on from there as we saw shots from Theryn, Zoe, and fellow senior Ava Metaj drop through the hoop, and before the halfway point, the Huskies were forced to take a timeout down by 8. After the timeout, however, the Rangers would keep their foot on the gas while FHN was getting their shots to finally fall from the arc. After an energetic first quarter, the Lady Rangers were up 20-9.

As soon as the second quarter started, it was all FHC. The Rangers were hitting multiple three-pointers with all of them coming from Theryn. After she made her second in a row, FHN was forced to take a timeout now being down by 11. After the timeout, the Rangers just kept growing their lead with multiple shots inside the paint by senior Brittney Probst and sophomore Delaney Smith. Both had a key impact on the game as they led the Rangers into halftime with a 16 point lead.

The third quarter rolled around and as soon as the pass was in from Zoe to Theryn, the Rangers had momentum. It seemed like every shot was going in for FHC as Theryn added another three to start off the second half along with Ava and junior Remmie Ingraham getting a shot to go in from 15 feet out. As this was happening, FHN could just not catch up to the Rangers. After senior Morgan Robertson went out with an injury for the Huskies, their team could just not find any offensive progression, and at the end of the third quarter, the Rangers were up 48-26.

The fourth quarter came to the FHC gymnasium and as the home team just kept pulling away, the Rangers put in those key bench players for the second game in a row to get some minutes on the varsity level. The snowball kept rolling for the Rangers and in the end, they won soundly by a score of 61-39.

The Lady Rangers are now 5-4 and will go on to face Grand Rapids Christian on Tuesday, March 9th at FHC and then will travel to Greenville on Thursday.