Girls varsity basketball hangs on to defeat Cedar Springs 41-37


Senior Madi Winter, who finished with 21 points and nine steals, had a big time performance last night to lead her team to a 41-37 win over Cedar Springs. In this intense, back and forth game, the Rangers’ unrelenting defense helped them pick up another win and move to 2-1 in conference play.

Freshman Zoe Lipke helped FHC take charge early with a three for the first points of the game. This early momentum boost didn’t last long, however, as the first two quarters were back and forth. The Rangers went into the locker room trailing by just a couple to the Red Hawks, 16-14 at the half.

Madi came out of the locker room hot, and she tied the game at 25 later in the third via a three. The teams continued to alternate lead changes all game. With just three minutes left in the game, junior Claire Baguley broke another tie with two of her 10 total points. Claire, Madi, and senior forward Emma Yoder then alternated free throws to maintain the lead for the rest of the game and secure the 41-37 Ranger victory.

After losing their first conference game to Northview in the final seconds, FHC has come back and won two straight conference matchups with impeccable teamwork. The Rangers face a rival in the Lowell Red Arrows this Friday at home. After six away games in a row, playing on their homecourt will be an advantage for the FHC. This game also holds emotional importance, as it is the annual game for a cause in which all proceeds go to a charity of the basketball players’ choosing. This year varsity players chose an organization aiming to stop the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and bring awareness to those that have little to no knowledge of this common issue. Come out and support your Lady Rangers and a great cause this Friday at home.