Newaygo girls fall to Grand Rapids Christian 48-37 in holiday tournament

BIG FAST –TNewaygo’s girls’ basketball team struggled in attack and suffered the first defeat of the season to a great Christian team from Grand Rapids 48-37 Monday in the first round of the holiday tournament at Cornerstone University.

The Lions failed to produce much in the first half and were down 11 points before half-time, but found a little spark coming out of the break to slowly reduce their lead.

With things going a little harder in the second half, the Lions managed to follow behind the Eagles to get closer to four points with just three minutes left in the game.

Struggling to take shots from the outside and being dominated by the Eagle’s strong defense, the Lions just couldn’t muster enough to pass Grand Rapids Christian.

I loved the effort of the girls, but the comeback wasn’t meant to be today, ”said coach Nate Thomasma. “We are going to practice it tomorrow and look to improve.”

Jaxi Long led the way for Newaygo, who scored 18 points while Emmerson Goodin continued his double-doubles streak by scoring 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and hitting five steals.

Newaygo is now 4-1. The Lions will be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 4 when they visit Western Michigan Christian for a non-conference clash.

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