Lady Clippers move to 2-0 with victory over Coloma

The Martin girls’ varsity basketball team copped its second victory in as many outings this season Friday evening with a convincing 43-26 verdict over Coloma.

Coloma, however, defeated the Martin boys by a 50 to 41 in the nightcap.

The home-standing Lady Clippers were on top by only four points, 21-17, at halftime, but they widened the gap in the third and fourth quarters.

The Comets came out strong, grabbing a 13-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but Martin held them to only 13 more points in the latter three periods combined.

“We’re still working on knocking the rust off after only having one practice after our first game, but our second half propelled us to another victory,” coach Ben Schipper said. “I’m very proud of the adjustments we made defensively.”

Senior guard Bri Warner led the Lady Clippers with 15 points and Gracie Shettler followed with 10.

The boys’ squad had its season record evened at 1-1 with the loss.

“Coloma was definitely a better team tonight,” said coach Brad Moelker.  “They were in attack mode right from the tip.  We were able to match that in the first quarter, only down three at the end of it, but a bad second quarter really hurt us.  After that we were down by just enough and every time we made a little run, they responded.”

Mitchell Jager scored 18 points, including six threes, to pace the Clippers, but he was the only one in double figures. Braden Eckman had seven, Gabe Meyers and Collin Coburn six apiece and Charley Martin 4.
“I thought our defense was an improvement from game one.  Gabe, Brayden and Kaden were all over the place trying to make it difficult on their star players.  For the second straight game we really controlled the boards for the most part, which we knew we had to work hard at. Cole and Charley really got their hands on a lot of boards that could go either way.”
The Martin girls, who have won 24 of 25 contests over the past two seasons, will be back in action Monday evening on their home court against Saugatuck, which defeated Lawton by 20 points, 53-33, on Friday night.

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