By Craig Beilfuss
MUSKEGON NORTH—It was close, but the North Muskegon Norsemen women’s basketball team edged past Muskegon Heights Academy on Monday night 44-40.
North Muskegon took an 11-8 lead after the first eight minutes of action.
Senior Molly Stewart had a hot hand early for the Norsemen, falling in two buckets from 3-point field and Gracie Philpot would convert on 2 two-point field goals and a free throw, to represent all North Muskegon’s first quarter points.
Muskegon Heights would make a second quarter, as junior Ty’veonna Davis would score 9 straight points for the Tigers, putting them ahead 17-12 with 4:37 left in the first half. Heights would have the upper hand in the second stanza 12-9 to tie things up at 20-20 at halftime.
Heights would take the lead in the third quarter at 22-20 on a basket from Davis. This would be the last track of the evening. The Norsemen surged 13-5 in the third quarter to take a 33-25 lead in the final eight minutes.
The Tigers went three-pointers 41-38 with 2:50 to go but could never get over the hump and North Muskegon held on despite being outplayed by the Tigers 15-11 in the fourth quarter.
Senior Josee Cooke led the Norsemen with a team-high 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and senior Molly Stewart contributed with 11 points. Junior Francine Vinson had 10 rebounds for North Muskegon.
“It was great for our girls to do four quarters together tonight,” North Muskegon head coach Ryan Hankinson said. “It was good to see them having fun again. It was an important game for us.”
North Muskegon have been hit hard with injuries as they lost three starters before the start of the season.
The Tigers were led by junior Ty’veonna Davis with a game-high 21 points and junior A’Neia Johnson with 10 points.
North Muskegon is now 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the West Michigan Conference. They host league leader Hart (6-0) on Thursday night.
Muskegon Heights saw their record drop to 1-3 overall. The Tigers are 1-1 in the Lakes Conference Game 8 Activities. Heights will travel to Holton on Wednesday night for a game against the Red Devils