Friday’s 42-37 loss at Kalamazoo Christian was a tough one to swallow for the Sturgis girls basketball team.
In a holiday tournament contest that featured four lead changes, the Trojans seized momentum when leading scorer Rachel Anderson converted back-to-back buckets to tie things up at 37-37 with 44 seconds remaining. However, the Comets (2-2) knocked down five of six foul shots to close out the win.
The Trojans slipped to 1-5 and will take on Bronson, which lost 55-33 to Portage Northern, Saturday at home.
Anderson finished two blocks shy of a triple-double, registering 10 points, eight stuffs, 11 rebounds and two steals. Gretchen Inman posted eight points, five boards and two assists while calmly stroking all four of her free throws to keep the Trojans within two possessions down the stretch.
Sturgis shot 38.5 percent (15-for-39) from the field and 7-for-13 at the stripe. Kalamazoo Christian was 14-for-22 (63.6 percent) from the floor and was outrebounded 30-10, but 23 Trojans turnovers compared to the Comets’ 10 greatly benefitted the host squad.
Morgan Pueschel scored six points, Harmony Groves added four steals and three points, Maddy Mercer tallied four points, and Courtney Lovelace, Kayla Nichols and Marissa Parker chipped in two points apiece.