The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team returned to its winning ways Tuesday night, beating the Granger Spartans 57-42.
"A couple of times we got a little sluggish," SCHS Coach Al Smeenk said.
Not often though, as the Lady Knights led by 20 points a few times in the game and won by a 15-point margin.
SCHS managed this even though they were out rebounded offensively 19-12. Both teams pulled down 36 rebounds.
"We didn't block out," Smeenk explained. "We let their girl get around us and she'd get the offensive rebound and lay it in. That hurt us a couple of times."
At the free throw line the Lady Knights shot 52 percent (11-for-21) while the Spartans fared better at the line, shooting 76 percent (13-for-17).
Granger turned the ball over 23 times while the Knights lost control 20 times.
"We threw a couple of different defenses their way and they had trouble with that," Smeenk added.
Smeenk said his support players did a great job of coming off the bench and playing well.
Tori Van Wingerden led all scorers with 15 points. The two post girls, Emma Newhouse and Brittany den Hoed, each had 13 points. Newhouse grabbed 7 rebounds and den Hoed had 6.
Chelsey Jones added 6 points and Melanie Van Wingerden came off the bench to score 5 points and grab 5 rebounds in less than two quarters of play.
"We're still a young team and we have some things to work on but we're going to continue to improve," Smeenk said.
The Lady Knights (3-1) take on Riverside Christian this Friday in their first league game of the year.