A win is a win is a win. But, sometimes it's not. Just ask Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Al Smeenk.
"We won, but it wasn't real pretty," Smeenk said of his girls' 46-37 non-league basketball victory over 1A Granger last night.
"We have to improve in a lot of areas.
"We had too many turnovers, for one. We were very sloppy," he said.
"Our free throw shooting was poor," he added. Although Smeenk doesn't keep individual statistics, unofficially the team only hit 14-of-39 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Knights also didn't impress Smeenk on the boards. He said Granger came away with 16 offensive rebounds.
"We have to learn to block out better," he said.
Smeenk, too, wasn't all that pleased that the Van Wingerden sisters accounted for the bulk of the scoring. Together, sisters Tyssyna and Tori combined for 33 of the Lady Knights' 46 points.
"We have to have balanced scoring," he said. "Sooner or later we'll get all of them into the offense."
Tuesday evening's victory was the first of the season for the SCHS squad (1-3). If the Lady Knights played so poorly, it makes you wonder how they won.
Simply put, the Lady Knights forced Granger into committing more turnovers than they, themselves, actually had. Especially in the fourth quarter, when Sunnyside Christian's 2-2-1 defensive alignment caused the Spartans to spit up the ball 12 times. The end result was the Lady Knights outscoring Granger by a 16-7 margin in the final period of play.
"That was the turning point," said Smeenk. "Granger had difficulty finding the seams when we switched to our 2-2-1 defense."
"You have to give Granger credit," he added. "They're a scrappy, little bunch."
The Spartans' top scorer last night was Courtney Reddout with 13 points. The elder Van Wingerden, senior Tyssyna, led Sunnyside Christian in the scoring column with 22 points. Younger sister Tori tossed in 11.
"With four of our seven varsity players being seniors, our goal last night was to grow up," Smeenk said. "We didn't do that until the last couple minutes of the game."
In junior varsity action last night, Sunnyside Christian bested the JV Spartans, 53-30, to improve to 4-0 on the year. Brittany den Hoed was one of four players to score in double figures for the winners, tossing in 13 points. Also in double digits in the scoring column were teammates Emma Newhouse with 12 points, and Jacqui Roberts and Chelsey Jones with 10 apiece. Andrea Schutt added an 8-point performance for the JV Lady Knights.
Granger 10 11 9 7 -37
Sunnyside Christian 12 7 11 16 -46
Granger-Courtney Reddout 13.
Sunnyside Christian-To. Van Wingerden 11, DeGroot 2, Rice 0, Ty. Van Wingerden 22, Roberts 4, Hernandez 5, Mensonides 2.