Reeths-Puffer suppresses Muskegon Lady Reds, puts Rockets in three-way tie in OK Green

MUSKEGON — It was a close game until the fourth quarter, when Reeths-Puffer put the defensive pincers on Muskegon and earned a 47-35 women’s basketball victory Tuesday night in an OK Green game.

The victory ended Muskegon’s five-game winning streak and propelled Reeths-Puffer to a tie with the Big Reds and Mona Shores for first place in the conference as all are 5-1.

Reeths-Puffer grabbed a 14-13 lead late in the first quarter, then edged the Big Reds, 13-8 in the second to build a 27-21 advantage at halftime.

The Big Reds outscored the Rockets, 11-10 in the third quarter and cut the score to 37-33 early in the fourth quarter. But the Rockets pulled away with a 10-3 advantage in the final eight minutes.

Leading the scoring for the Rockets were Sophia Hekkema with 14 points and Arrionna Williams with 13. Ariel Walker contributed with nine, Brooklyn Thomas with six and Megan Barnes with five. The Rockets made four 3-pointers, one each by Barnes, Williams, Hekkema and Walker.

Hekkema also had eight rebounds. Williams had five steals and three assists.

Jamya Robinson led the Big Reds with 10 points, Lyana Lenoix Brooks added seven and Breanna Gamble Jones five.

Brooks also had five rebounds and two blocks.

Reeths-Puffer improved to 6-3 on aggregate and 5-1 in the league. The Rockets are next scheduled to play at Grand Rapids Union on Friday night.

The Big Reds fell to 6-4 overall and 5-1 in the conference. They will then be in action on Friday when they host Zeeland East.

Check out photos of the night taken by Joe Lane.

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