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Hamilton Basketball Gets Swept by HC in Boys, Girls Doubleheader

This Friday night the Hamilton girls and boys basketball team took part in the second annual “Two Hearts For One Cause Event”. The event raises money for breast cancer awareness and raised over 6500 dollars last year. The Hawkeyes have partnered with arch-rival Holland Christian for the event.

The night started of with the girls game, a rematch from the game earlier this year in which Hamilton came away with the win. From the get go it was all Holland Christian as their strong defense allowed them to get off to a 12-0 start, before the Hawks finally got on the board in with two minutes left in the quarter. HC led 14-4 going into the second quarter. It was more of the same in the second, as Holland Christian got the first six points of the quarter before Rachael Tolsma got the Hawkeyes on the board with a lay-up, followed by a and one. Talsma would lead the Hawkeyes in scoring with 14 points. The half would end with HC up 27-13. The Second half saw the Hawkeyes keep pressing to get back in the game, but the tough Holland Christian D stalled Hamilton’s Offense. The Hawkeyes would eventually fall to Holland Christian 55-34, splitting the season series at one game a piece.

Next up would be the boys game and a highly anticapted match-up between Grant Wolfram and Kyle Steigenga. The Hawkeyes kept it close early, behind strong play from their forwards and a big three from Elijah Walker. Hamilton had the lead down to one in the first quarter, but never captured the lead as they found themselves down 12-8 after the first. The second quarter was all Wolfram and Steigenga as they scored one basket after another. Wolfram finished the half with nine points, but Steigenga’s spurt of 12 points in the second quarter alone was too much for the Hawkeyes to handle as he helped solidify the HC lead, the Maroons led 34-24 as the teams headed into the locker room. The Hawks came out looking for a comeback, but a dominate Holland Christian defense held Hamilton to only seven points in the second half, giving Holland Christian a 52-31 win and a clean sweep over the Hawkeyes this season.

The night was about more then just the games though, it was about two communities that came together to help raise money for an important cause like breast cancer, if you would like to know more about the event or donate to the cause visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/.

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