GRACE WOMEN 82, CALUMET COLLEGE 48
Grace’s women’s basketball team continued its hot start to the season with an 82-48 win over Calumet College of St. Joseph on Friday.
The Lady Lancers (3-0) won by double-digits for the third straight time to kick off the 2019-20 campaign. Grace has won by an average of 31.7 points per game so far this year.
Kamryn Hostetler produced a season-high 22 points in the win, and 11 players for Grace registered a point in a balanced performance.
Although Grace could not consistently make a shot in the first quarter, the Lady Lancers’ defense more than made up for that.
CCSJ committed seven turnovers in the face of Grace’s pressing defense, helping the Lady Lancers overcome a 30-percent shooting quarter.
Hostetler was electric in the period, scoring nine points on a variety of crafty drives into the paint. She hit two free throws with 18 seconds remaining in the quarter to give Grace a 20-10 advantage.
Grace’s 10-point lead quickly ballooned in the second quarter. The Crimson Wave were held scoreless for nearly eight minutes to start the second period.
Hostetler continued her offensive assault, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter to lead Grace to a commanding 38-19 lead at halftime.
Grace only shot 32 percent from the floor in the half, including 2-of-15 (13 percent) from beyond the arc.
But Grace’s defense dictated the first 20 minutes. CCSJ shot 24 percent as a team and coughed up the ball 15 times before halftime. Grace had 12 steals and scored 11 points off turnovers.
The Lady Lancers were never threatened in the second half. Grace’s lead eventually grew to 38 despite resting the starting lineup for nearly the full fourth quarter.
Hostetler’s 22 points came with three assists and three steals. She made 9-of-10 from the foul line.
Vironnica Drake tallied 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, and Kaylie Warble posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.
Kyannah Stull stuffed the stat sheet with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists, and Maddie Ryman added 11 points and four boards off the bench.
Mackenzie Pulley pulled down eight boards, Micaela Box had 6 points, 3 steals and 2 assists, and Olivia Pearson scored five points.
The Crimson Wave committed 33 turnovers, and Grace had 19 steals. Grace owned a 61-38 advantage in rebounding; the team grabbed 25 offensive boards.
The Lady Lancers will play again on Saturday against Roosevelt at 2 p.m.
MICHIGAN-DEARBORN MEN 69, GRACE 58
Grace’s men’s basketball team was tripped up in its first trip away from home, falling to Michigan-Dearborn 69-58 on Friday.
The game was the opener of a tournament held at Rio Grande (Ohio).
The Lancers (2-1) struggled mightily with their shooting touch; Grace shot 34 percent as a team for the game. Grace made just 6-of-23 (26 percent) from the 3-point line and 10-of-19 (53 percent) from the free throw line.
The Wolverines (5-0) enjoyed a plus-14 edge in rebounding thanks to 14 offensive rebounds.
Matt Jennings made the first shot of the game, but the Lancers came up empty on their next five possessions to fall behind 9-2.
Myles Johnson came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer a few minutes later, and back-to-back scores from Charlie Warner put the Lancers back on top at 16-14.
But Grace did not taste the lead for the rest of the game. The Lancers only scored seven more points for the final 9:38 of the half, allowing Michigan-Dearborn to claim a 30-23 lead at halftime.
Johnson was Grace’s leading scorer in the half with seven points.
Grace made a push early in the second half at the Wolverines’ lead. Jaret Sons scored five quick points, and a 3-pointer from Haden Deaton cut the deficit to 41-37 with 14:16 remaining.
The Wolverines scored four points in response to add to their cushion, and they eventually built a double-digit lead with 7:32 left.
The Lancers cut the lead down to 10 on several occasions, but Grace could not get any closer for the rest of regulation in an 11-point loss.
Deaton led Grace in points (13) and rebounds (7), and Johnson chipped in 12 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Johnson shot 4-of-4 from the field, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
Jennings had 10 points, Sons scored seven points with four rebounds, and Eddie Gill IV tallied 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
The Lancers end the tourney on Saturday against the host school Rio Grande with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m.
TRITON GIRLS 31, MANCHESTER 26
Triton earned its first win of the year with a five-point conquest at Manchester Friday night.
Scoring was at a premium, but Triton was able to get 10 points from Lexia Hostrawser, who added three steals and a pair of rebounds to her totals. Whytnie Miller added six points, five boards and three steals and Kinsey Atkins chipped in five points and three boards.
Morgan Parrett had nine points and a pair of caroms for the Squires (0-1), which otherwise struggled in its season opener shooting 23 percent (8-35) in the game, 1-10 from three-point range. Triton was 0-9 from deep, but made 12-27 two-point field goals and were 7-11 from the free throw line.
Triton came out with a 41-24 win in the JV game.
The Trojans (1-1) will host Argos Tuesday in its first home contest. Triton will honor any active or retired veterans during halftime of the varsity game, and anyone who has served in the military will be admitted free of charge to the contest.