Hopkins’ Baylee Roys (left) tries to protect the ball from the defensive pressure of Allegan’s Leslie Scane.

Tigers’ comeback bid falls short against Vikings

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

The Allegan girls’ basketball team definitely saved its best for last in its non-league contest with Hopkins on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
It just wasn’t quite enough.
Down by 26 points with 5:39 left in the third quarter, the Tigers narrowed the gap to two points in the game’s closing minute. But Hopkins wouldn’t be denied the win, making three of its four free throw attempts in the final 21 seconds to claim the 40-35 decision.
This isn’t the first time Allegan has been down big and rallied to get back within striking distance before ultimately coming up short.
“We did the same thing against Vicksburg and Sturgis earlier this season,” Allegan coach Kelly Archer said. “It’s all part of the process. We’re a young team and this is all part of the growing pains. Games like this hurt, but in the end they’ll make us better.”
Hopkins took its 26-point lead at 32-6 on a basket by Baylee Roys, which put the finishing touches on a 9-0 scoring run to start the third period.
But then Allegan got a 3-point play from Antonette Ware. And then a basket from Leslie Scane. And then a pair of free throws from Karlie Wells.
And thus began a 29-5 spurt that culminated with another 3-point play from Ware to make it a 37-35 game with 22 seconds left to play.
“Give Allegan all the credit in the world,” Hopkins coach John Robinson said. “They play hard, they’re well coached and they never quit coming at you.”
 

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