Theryn Hallock and Zoe Lipke’s big nights are not enough in girls varsity basketball’s 69-65 loss to Grand Rapids Christian

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Sophomore Theryn Hallock and junior Zoe Lipke’s combined 50 points would not be enough for the girls varsity basketball team to get a victory over the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles, as FHC fell 69-65.

As much as Theryn and Zoe dominated the scoring, the Rangers also got help from junior Katy Majick who scored 8, freshman Thea Sloat who scored 4, and sophomore Julia Carlson with 3. FHC also played some great defense throughout the game, as the team combined for 14 steals on the night. Theryn led the team with 6, and junior Ava Metaj was shortly behind with 5. 

Zoe helped the team a lot in the first half, as she scored 17 points. She ended up shooting 54% from beyond the arc, which was a big reason the Rangers were able to stay in this game. Great offense and playmaking from multiple Rangers caused many gaps in the Eagle defense to open. This offense gave FHC lots of confidence going into halftime. 

In the second half, the Rangers continued to get after it offensively. Theryn came alive and started to knock down some big three-point shots down the stretch. However, the Eagles were able to get a little offense going on their own. GRC junior Claire Cassiday had 12 points in the second half to help the Eagles extend the lead in the 4th quarter. In a high scoring affair, the Lady Rangers fell short to GRC 69-65. 

This loss puts FHC at 3-3 on the season, with only one non-conference game remaining. That game will be a rematch against the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks in the third-place game of the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament. The Rangers destroyed FHE last time 57-27 and will hope to duplicate the same performance come Friday night. Turnovers will be the key to the game, as the Rangers stifled the Hawks with incredible defense, which will need to happen in order to get a win.