Jenison Outlasts Lady Hawks In Opener

By Kaleb Essink


With a little over a minute remaining, Bria Schrotenboer evened the game at 42 by hitting a long range triple.


Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, Jenison responded by scoring the game’s next 4 points to seal a 46-42 win on the road against the favored Hamilton Hawkeyes.


“It was the kind of game we expected,” commented Hawkeyes Coach Dan VanHekken, “We saw them at a few scrimmages, we knew what they had, and they are really good team. I feel it could have teetered either way.”


In a game that was being hyped up as AJ Ediger against Alyssa VanTimmeren, the Wildcats called on unlikely role player, Ashley Hoek, to step up and seal the victory.


Hoek came off the bench and tied Ashlen Wolfram as the game’s leading scorer with 13 and was a defensive force for the visitors.


“It is really helpful when we are being selfless and passing the ball to find the open shot.” stated Hoek, “We worked hard all summer to try to turn this program around and it’s now translating on the court.”


Entering the 4th quarter tied at 35, Jenison used a 7-0 run to put themselves in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the game.


Hamilton, coming off a 23-2 season a year ago and an appearance in the Regional Championship, were led by Senior forward Ashlen Wolfram who netted 13 points for the defeated Hawkeyes.


“I think we had really good effort but we have to play together as a team,” said Wolfram, “I think we did that but it’s a young team for sure.”


The game was tight from start to finish. The score was tied at the end of both the first and third quarters, with Jenison clinging to a 2 point lead at the half and an eventual 4 point win.


For Jenison, it was their first ever victory against Hamilton, moving their all-time record to 1-5 against the Hawkeyes.


“It’s a big win,” commented Jenison coach Brad VanTimmeren. “They’ve kind of had our number for the last five seasons or so, and a lot of that has to do with the program Dan has built. I’m just really proud of my team.”


Hamilton returns to action on Friday when they travel to Middleville.