The Grace Academy girls basketball team caught fire against the Northwest Yeshiva Lions on Jan. 5.

From the start of the game the Eagles showed that they were playing on an entirely different level over the Lions. Grace Academy opened the matchup with a 12-0 run and dominated the first quarter on a 22-3 score. Through the rest of the first half the Eagles played their second unit and still ended the half up 31-8.

The Eagles’ starters came out to play in the third quarter, putting up an even more impressive blowout, as they outscored Northwest Yeshiva 24-3. In the final quarter, Grace Academy played their second unit once again, outscoring the Lions 10-0, and securing the incredible 65-11 victory.

“I thought we hustled and forced a lot of turnovers, but we still have a lot to work on as we keep competing throughout the season. It’s great to be able to get everyone out there and give everyone that experience on the floor. I think our depth will play dividends in the playoffs and in the future of the program,” said Grace Academy Head Coach Bill Kelley.

The Eagles' starters Ashley VanDam, Aeris Fredrickson, Heidi Impola and Sam Vanderwel were dominate. VanDam, senior forward, scored a game-high 20 points with one three-pointer, one assist, six rebounds, two steals and one block. Fredrickson, sophomore guard, hit double digit points with 10, as well as one three-pointer, seven assists, four rebounds and five steals. Impola, freshman forward, tallied eight points, two three-pointers, three assists, one rebound and one steal. Vanderwel, senior post, contributed on both ends with six points, one assist, six rebounds and three steals.

Grace Academy’s bench kept the lead consistent during the second and fourth quarters. Emily Fredrickson, junior guard, scored nine points with one assist, two rebounds and two steals. Faith Engelson, sophomore forward, only put up three points but grabbed an impressive seven rebounds and three steals. Blaire Hess, sophomore guard, took control on defense as she grabbed four steals to go with one assist, six rebounds and four points.

If you want to support the Eagles their next home game will be against the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m.


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