The Cougars entered the game with a 12-1 record and ranked No. 12 in the latest Class D ranking by The Associated Press.
"We were glad to get this game in tonight, even though we have a huge game tomorrow night," Fruitport Calvary Christian head coach Brad Richards said Thursday. "We play mostly Class B and C schools, so for once, we got to play a team from a school our size. Tomorrow, our girls have a chance to win a conference championship.
"We'll forget this game immediately and get ready to play. We don't believe in participation trophies, and there aren't too many times in life that you get a chance to play for a championship. I love this team, and I wouldn't trade any of them for the world."
Kelsey Richards recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds in just three-quarters of action, while Lizzie Cammenga added 13 points and five assists, and Brionna Johnson had a monster game with 12 points, 12 rebounds and six steals.
Megan Follett scored 13 points to lead the Cougars, while Elie Wilson, the team's leading scorer on the season, was held to eight points, thanks to a gutsy defensive effort by Brionna Johnson.
Fruitport Calvary raised their record to 12-3 (6-0 Alliance League) with the non-conference win and will play at home against Byron Center Zion Christian today at 5:30 p.m. with a chance to clinch a share of its seventh straight Alliance Conference championship. Battle Creek Calhoun Christian fell to 12-2 with the loss.
GRAND HAVEN BOWLERS FALL TO EAST KENTWOOD
The Grand Haven boys and girls bowling teams wrapped up their regular season Thursday afternoon with O-K Red Conference clashes with East Kentwood.
The Buccaneers were coming off 28-2 losses to Rockford on Wednesday.
The Grand Haven girls bounced back with a 19-11 win over the Falcons, despite being a bowler down in the second regular game due to an injury.
Kaleigh Batka led the Bucs with a high game of 185 and a series score of 334, while Alexis Morgan-Sitzer added a 295 series score and Alexis Thompson added a 289 series score.
"We did bowl shorthanded for the last three frames of the first regular and bowled with just four girls the entirety of the second regular game after an injury," said Grand Haven head coach Max Golden. "It's tough only having five girls and having to take a zero for someone, but the girls kept their heads in it and closed out strong.
"Now, we need to focus on getting and staying healthy and bowling well at the post-conference (tournament) on Saturday with an O-K Red title on the line."
The Haven boys dropped a 23-7 decision to East Kentwood, as the Falcons took a 6-4 lead after the Baker games and rolled to a 17-3 advantage in the regular games.
Jonathan Garland recorded a high game of 234 and a series score of 428 to lead the Bucs, while Jaxson Garland (323), Colin Prokopec (320) and Austin Breuker (312) added strong regular game series scores, as well.
The Grand Haven girls finish 9-1 in the O-K Red and are favorites to win the girls' side of Saturday's tournament at Fairlanes Bowling Center in Grandville, while the Buccaneer boys finish 6-4 and are still in the thick of the race for the league title heading into the final tournament.
FRUITPORT BOWLERS SPLIT WITH KENOWA HILLS
The Fruitport boys and girls bowling teams split their O-K Black Conference matchup with Kenowa Hills on Thursday.
The Fruitport girls took a 27.5 to 2.5 win over the Knights, while the boys drooped a 25-5 decision.
Kennadi Dykstra led the Trojans with a 176 high game and a series score of 293, while Charlee Vollmer added a series score of 287, and Jessica Plichta added a high game of 164 and a series score of 287.
Connor Hines led the Fruitport boys with a high game of 211 and a series score of 383, while Jon Wildey added a series score of 334.
The Trojans return to the lanes Saturday for the O-K Black Conference postseason tournament at Lincoln Lanes.