Hamilton Girl's Basketball vs. Fruitport
By Olivia Burch
The Hamilton Girl's Varsity Basketball team defeated the Trojans of Fruitport on
January 21, 2022 with a score of 48-6. The leading scorer in Friday night’s game was Taylor
VanderZwaag with a total of 16 points. 12 of those 16 points were 3
pointers. She ended the game with four 3 pointers and two 2 pointers.
The Hamilton Girl's Varsity Basketball team is now has a record of 6-4 with a 4
game win streak after they defeated the Fruitport Trojans.
Hamilton started 2 seniors, 2 juniors, and a freshman. Brielle Groenheide (Sr.),
Raya VanderZwaag (Sr.), Kyra Kleinheksel (Jr.), Taylor VanderZwaag (Jr.), and
Kaitlyn Geurink (Fr.).
The leading scorer was Taylor VanderZwaag. She worked hard the
whole game to get the 16 points she earned. Coming in behind her were Raya
VanderZwaag and Kyra Kleinheksel tied at 8 points each. The leader in 3’s was also
Taylor VanderZwaag, making four of them. The top 3 scorers for this game were Taylor,
Raya, and Kyra.
At the end of the first quarter we were up by quite a bit. The score was
17-0, leaving the Fruitport Trojans at 0. At halftime the girls were quite tired from
scoring an additional 14 points , bringing us up to 31-2. When the third quarter
ended we had 15 more points added to our previous 31, which bumped them ahead
even further to 46. Leaving the score at 46-4 with us pulling ahead. The end of
the game came around and we finished the game with a whopping 48 points
which led us to victory against the Trojans of Fruitport with a score of 48-6.
We were able to interview the Varsity Girl's head coach Jackie Schwark and get
her input on how she thought her girls played this Friday night.
“How do you feel you guys played overall?”
“I thought we played really well as a team, I thought we shared the ball well.
Everybody got a lot of shots when they were open. We had 9 out of 10 people
score. Across the board defensively everybody was hustling, everybody was
talking. All 10 girls whether they were on the court or on the bench they just
played really well and it was good to see.”
“What do you feel were the team’s strengths?”
“We are throughout to score in multiple areas, we’ve got really good post players
who are really good at finishing. We also have some really good 3 point shooters
which I think makes us a really tough team to guard because we can go inside
“What can the girls improve on?”
“We talk a lot about rebounding, we talk about how we give up weak side boards
too often. One of the things we’ve been working on improving is making sure
when a shot goes up all five people are boxing out working a clear space to
make sure we get a clear defensive rebound.”
“What have you been working on in practice that pays tribute to today’s
“We work on shooting a lot, we shot pretty well today so that's good. We just put
in a new zone offense this week and we kind of went back and forth between
zone offenses because we played a lot of zone against the last team we played.
So it’s just good to see our girls adjust and adapt to something new and then be
able to apply it to a game pretty quickly with not a lot of practice. I’m pretty proud
of the effort put in tonight by everybody.”
As the girls continue in their season hopefully they can keep up the hard work
and continue their win streak. These girls have shown that they know how to work hard
and it has paid off.