Girls varsity basketball preview: NorthPointe Christian Mustangs


Following a 3-point overtime loss to Rockford Tuesday night, the 3-1 girls varsity basketball team will take on NorthPointe Christian tomorrow night in the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament. The Mustangs are also fresh off of a 3-point loss to Allendale Tuesday night and are 2-1 on the young season.

These two teams have not played in recent years, but NorthPointe has some impressive talent in senior point guard Baylie VanDyke; she was their leading scorer last season with about 15 points per game and is committed to Indiana Wesleyan. The Mustangs also have a big post presence that will be a challenge for FHC players senior Kaitlyn Piontkowsky and freshman Remmie Ingraham to overcome in order to secure rebounds and limit NorthPointe’s second-chance buckets.

The Rangers come into this one looking to find a spark on the offensive end after their lowest-scoring game of the season Tuesday night, when almost every player was cold in a usually potent FHC offense. Senior Claire Baguley and freshman Theryn Hallock, alternating leading scorers this season, will be key to a high offensive production. The two will also be important on the defensive end, as they are typically matched up with the opponent’s best players.

If FHC can bounce back and pull out a win tomorrow night, they could find themselves playing Rockford once again the following week, as the Rangers and Rams are in the same bracket of the Holiday Tournament. FHC is motivated to secure another win against the Mustangs and possibly get revenge on the Rams the very next game.