The Warriors jumped out to an 18-10 first-quarter lead, but trailed 26-20 at halftime. WMC responded with a 34-point second half to surge ahead and hold off the Squires for a win in their season opener.
Taylor Folkema led the team with 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while Jenna Housekamp added 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Anna Sytsema added 10 points, while Meghan Heiss chipped in with nine.
"We had the Squires on their heels in the first quarter with a full-court press, finishing the quarter up 18-10," WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman said. "Unfortunately, in the second quarter, we went cold and Calvin found their rhythm. Taylor Folkema scored 10 points in the first quarter and Meghan Heiss had six in that quarter. Grace Vannamen for Calvin scored 15 points in the first half, keeping Calvin alive and helping them take the lead at the break. Calvin changed defenses and forced seven turnovers and held us to one field goal in the second quarter.
"Anna Sytsema is nursing a sore shoulder and is very limited in her range of motion. She was tentative in the first half, but came up with four field goals in the second half. Jenna Houskamp had three, three-pointers in the second half, which helped open the floor for the interior players. Anna finished with 10 points and Jenna had 11 points. Meghan Heiss had a strong overall game with eight points, six rebounds, and four assists.
"This was our first victory in at least three years versus Calvin. Starting the season with a win over a quality team like that will be a launching pad for our confidence."
Junior varsity: WMC defeated Calvin Christian, 35-24.
WMC boys basketball team falls short against Calvin Christian
The host Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team kept fighting back Tuesday, but couldn't close the gap on Grandville Calvin Christian in a 47-37 loss.
The Warriors trailed 8-6 at the first stop, 23-16 at halftime and 30-24 going into the final quarter of play.
Owen Varnado hit a free throw with two minutes left to make it 36-34 in favor of the Squires. Calvin Christian's Jack Bristol responded by hitting a three-pointer to make it 39-34 and the Squires hit free throws the rest of the way to preserve the win.
Hayden Hubers led WMC with 12 points, followed by Varnado with 11.
"Tonight we started the game really slow offensively and were never able to recover," said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. "We did not take care of the ball well enough to win. You have to give Calvin Christian's defense a lot of credit. They did a great job of mixing defenses, which caused us a lot of problems. We will continue to work and improve as a team."
Junior varsity: WMC defeated Calvin Christian, 54-46. Isaac Parker scored 16 points to lead the Warriors, while Brekken Fairfield added 14 and Micah TerHaar had 12.
Freshmen: Calvin Christian defeated WMC, 45-42. Jaron Childers scored 11 points to lead WMC, while Jonas Jones added nine and Tyler Nichols added six.