Wayland’s Lacey James scored 26 points in a loss to Godwin Heights.

Wayland falls to Godwin Heights in Class B district final

Jason Wesseldyk

Wayland senior Lacey James won the individual battle with Godwin Heights.
The Wolverines won the war.
James scored a game-best 26 points in the Class B boys’ basketball district final between the teams, but Godwin Heights came away with the 63-56 win.
The loss brought Wayland’s season to a close at 19-4.
The game was close throughout, as Wayland led 12-11 after one quarter and Godwin Heights led 29-25 at halftime.
A dunk by James at the close of the third quarter narrowed the Wolverines’ lead to 43-42, and a free throw by James to start the final frame made it a 43-43 score.
By James’ made free throw was the exception rather than the rule for the Wildcats, who struggled at the line. They finished the game 12-of-26 at the charity stripe.
Godwin Heights, meanwhile, made it free throws down the stretch to pull away.
Zack Neiuwkoop finished with 11 points in the loss, while Dilon Aten and Avery Hudson went for nine and eight, respectively. Michael Kelly rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats with two points.
Leon Redd scored 16 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the second-ranked Wolverines, who improved to 21-1. Michael Williams added 15 points, followed by Delaney Blaylock with 11 and Karon Patrick with nine.

For full story, pick up a copy of the March 19 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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