Vicksburg Girls’ Varsity Basketball Captures Three Wins for the Season

Liz Weddon follows Amber Beal down the floor during the Otsego basketball game.
Liz Weddon follows Amber Beal down the floor during the Otsego basketball game.

By Mari Smith

The Lady Bulldogs have had a difficult season and traveling to Paw Paw on January 31 did not improve the statistics. Vicksburg lost to Paw Paw in double digits with a score of 56-20. Top scorer was Alicia Cagney with seven and Jessi Kelley retrieved five rebounds. Back on the road, the Huskies of Portage Northern defeated the Bulldogs again in double digits 40-20 on February 1. Top scorer for Vicksburg was Grace Welch with six.

Returning to their home court on February 3, the Bulldogs landed a long-awaited victory against Comstock 44-39. Layna Steele had nine and Olivia Holmes eight with Welch snagging nine rebounds. Hoping for another home-court-advantage victory, the Bulldogs hosted Berrien Springs on February 4 but lost in a close game 37-33. Steele was top scorer again with nine, and Holmes another five. Welch and India Ash had seven rebounds each.

A trip to Plainwell added another loss to Vicksburg’s stats, with the Trojans outscoring the Bulldogs 53-30. Cagney sank 10 for Vicksburg with Brianna Wines and Morgan Bullock each grabbing five rebounds. Bound for Coloma with the hopes for a win on the road, Vicksburg’s wishes were granted as the Bulldogs took Coloma 30-25. Welch contributed seven and Cagney six, and a strong rebound showing by Welch with 12 and Kelley with eight.

The Lady Bulldogs hosted the Otsego Bulldogs for their Homecoming game on February 14. Unfortunately, Otsego dominated the game, outscoring Vicksburg 50-30. Weddon had top-scoring honors with seven, with Welch and Ash adding another six each. In a make-up game, Three Rivers travelled to Vicksburg where the Lady Wildcats pounded the Bulldogs 62-22. Kelley was the top scorer for Vicksburg with nine.

Vicksburg travelled to Allegan to try to defeat the Tigers on their home court. The Bulldogs fought hard in one of their highest scoring games but took the defeat from the Tigers 62-49. Welch had an outstanding game with 11 points and 15 rebounds for Vicksburg. Also having a great showing was Wright with 18 points, and Wines sank another 11, with Steel adding eight more.

Turning the tide at the end of the season, the Lady Bulldogs handed Berrien Springs a double-digit loss, outscoring them 49-34. Cagney and Steele tallied the most with 10 each.  Kelley plucked 11 rebounds with Welch nabbing another 10.

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