Pressure too much for Warriors in loss to Holton

REMUS — With several of his girls battling illness, Chippewa Hills girls basketball coach Doug VanSyckle was worried about how his team would respond against Holton on Tuesday.

Despite keeping the game close most of the way, the Warriors (3-9, 2-6) never got in sync in a 45-32 loss to the Red Devils (4-9, 3-6).

Trailing by just one point going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors were unable to overcome Holton’s pressure defense. The Red Devils outscored Chippewa Hills 19-7 in the final frame.

UNDERNEATH: Chippewa Hills’ Kristen Smith (10) looks work her way around a Holton defender on Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/Martin Slagter)

“They came out and played with a lot more energy (Tuesday) and we just didn’t have an answer for their pressure,” VanSyckle said. “We haven’t handled that defensive pressure well all year.”

The Warriors fell behind 9-0 to start the game, following a jumper by Holton’s Rachel Younts. Chippewa Hills scored the next six points, however, following a steal and basket by Hannah Guy.

Chippewa Hills began to do a better job of handling Holton’s pressure in the second quarter. Guy connected with Callee Stirn to make it 17-16 with 1:35 before halftime.

Stirn then added a lay-up to close out the quarter, gaining control of the ball just in time to beat the buzzer.

Both teams failed to create much offense in the third quarter, resulting in a more methodical pace. Alex Sandel, who was battling an illness as well as an injured ankle, provided a putback on the offensive glass to give the Warriors a 25-22 lead with 1:56 left in the quarter.

Holton answered with a pair of baskets to close out the quarter to take a 26-25 lead following a jumper by Ashley Latsch with seven seconds remaining.

Holton coach Kedra Wilson said she felt her team was in good shape heading into the final quarter, despite leading by just one.

“I felt like we controlled the tempo of the game,” she said. “We did that with our pressure defense and moving the ball around on offense.

The Red Devils began to penetrate and work the ball inside to open up a lead in the fourth quarter.

A 3-pointer by Latsch gave Holton a 29-25 lead. Holton then got a steal and basket from Jacki Stone to give them a 33-27 lead with 5:28 left.

Stone then created another basket in transition off of a steal to make it 35-27 with 5:20 remaining in the game.

VanSyckle said he didn’t think the Warriors matched Holton’s intensity in the final quarter.

“We’ve got to match their intensity,” he said. “We’re not doing a very good job of that right now. That’s my fault for not putting them in a position to handle their pressure.”

Holton was led by Younts, who had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Cassidy VanBlargan, Haley Terpenning and Latsch each added eight points. Chippewa Hills got 12 points and seven rebounds from Guy in the loss. Callee Stirn added six points and two assists.

Chippewa Hills is in action again on Friday at Morley Stanwood.



Holton 11 6 9 19 — 45

Chip Hills 6 13 6 7 — 32

Chippewa Hills (3-9, 2-6)

Kelsey Simon 1 0-0 2, Olivia Wolfe 0 1-2 1, Kristen Smith 2 0-0 4, Callee Stirn 3 0-0 6, Hannah Guy 3(1) 3-3 12, Alex Sandel 3 1-2 7. Totals 12(1) 5-7 32.

Holton (4-9, 3-6)

Payton Bearup 3 0-0 6, Ashley Latsch 1(2) 0-0 8, Rachel Younts 5 1-4 11, Haley Terpenning 3 2-3 8, Cassidy VanBlargan 3 2-2 8, Jacki Stone 2 0-0 4. Totals 17(2) 5-9 45.

Rebounds: Chippewa Hills (Guy 7, Taylor Sellers 6). Holton (Younts 7, VanBlargan 6).

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