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“This is a school that strives to graduate disciplined, responsible, passionate professionals and passionate followers of Jesus. This athletic program is an extension of the school and desires to play a major role in developing those characteristics in our students.” - Brett Geertsma, Athletic Director
Lady Pumas Basketball Advance to 1st Ever Regional Finals
Girls Bball Wins 1st District Title, Advances to Regionals Semi’s
In over 15 years that The Potter’s House High School has existed in Wyoming, the school has never won a district trophy in boys or girls basketball. Last Friday night, February 28th, that drought came to an end in front of a packed and loud crowd, as the Lady Pumas defeated Zion Christian in the Class D District Finals, 41-25. The Lady Pumas opened the game with great defense and solid outside shooting to take a 16-6 at the end of the 1st quarter. However, missed outside shots and tough defense from both teams led to a low scoring 2nd quarter, and the Lady Pumas went into halftime with 20-10 lead. The pace picked up in the 3rd quarter, as the Potter’s House used their full court press and trapping 2-3 zone defense to force turnovers that led to some fast break points and a 34-18 Puma lead heading into the final quarter. The pace slowed down in the final frame, but the Lady Pumas remained ahead by double digits the entire 4th quarter, and Potter’s House cruised to their first district title in basketball history. Valerie Cassell led the way for Potter’s House with a strong game in the post, as she had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Tiny Hunter (11 points) and Harmony Clark (10 points) also had solid games for the Lady Pumas. “It was truly exciting,” Potter’s House head coach Alf Clark said. “I can hardly describe it. They were so focused on the game and then the buzzer sounded. There was some jumping around and crying. Me, I’m just one of those coaches that stands off to the side.” Clark said he wants his team to enjoy the District Title for the time being before the team heads into practice on Monday. “They did everything I asked. When they do that, you can say ‘well done’. Now I just want them to enjoy the moment and we’ll go at it next week to get ready for Regionals.” The Lady Pumas now advance to the Regional Semi-finals on Tuesday vs. Martin at 6:00pm at Bloomingdale High School.
PH Boys Basketball Wins Alliance League Championship
Congratulations to the Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball team as they won the Alliance League Championship game on Thursday, February 27th over Holland Calvary, 59-56! This is the first boys basketball conference championship since the 2008-2009 season. The Pumas ended the regular season with a 17-1 overall record and also continued their winning streak, which is now at 16 games. Congratulations to Coach Kuipers, the rest of his coaching staff, and the Varsity Boys basketball players on their accomplishment.
The conference championship game between Potter’s House and Holland Calvary went back and forth all night, with the scoring being tied at 13 after the 1st quarter and then also tied at 35 at halftime. Alex Hunter and Sedekie Jabateh each played a great first half for the Pumas as both players made several outside shots to keep the the game tight despite great first half outside shooting by the Crusaders. Entering the second half, the Crusaders 2-3 zone defense slowed down the Pumas offensive attack, and Holland Calvary took a 45-41 lead going into the 4th quarter. During the 4th quarter, both teams went back and forth, exchanging made shot for made shot. PH was doing all they could to cut down on the 5-7 point lead that the Crusaders held for most of the 4th quarter, but Holland Calvary continued to make enough plays to maintain their lead. With 1:45 left in the game and the Pumas losing 56-49, Alex Hunter hit a 3 to cut the lead to 56-52. Potter’s House then forced a turnover off of their full court press, and EJ Harrison got fouled on a lay-up attempt. Harrison hit both free throws to cut the lead to 56-54 with a minute left in the game. On the Crusaders next possession, the Pumas quick guards got their hands on a Holland Calvary pass to force a steal. After pushing the ball up the court, PH found Sedekie Jabateh open on the wing, and Jabateh nailed a 3 point shot with 45 seconds left to give Potter’s House a 57-56 lead. Following the huge shot from Jabateh, Holland Calvary called a timeout with 23 seconds left to draw up a play. After the time out, the Crusaders were called for an illegal moving screen with 13 seconds left to give PH the ball back. After inbounding the ball, Calvary fouled Devon VanderLaan, who made both of this free throws to give the Pumas a 59-56 lead with 10 seconds left. Holland Calvary then missed a last second shot, and the Pumas took home their first Alliance League Basketball Championship since 2008-2009!!
PH Boys & Girls Basketball Teams Each Ranked In State
The PH Varsity Girls and Boys basketball teams have each received a state-ranking as one of the top teams in class D in the entire state of Michigan. As of February 26th, the PH Boys are currently ranked #16, while the PH Girls are currently ranked #17. The rankings are based on a consensus vote from various Associated Press members all over Michigan, and they felt that each of our teams are deserving of the state-wide recognition.
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