Two career performances fueled the West Michigan Aviation Academy girls basketball team on the road Thursday night as the Aviators capped off their regular season with a 55-49 victory over Algoma Christian.
Junior Vixie Moore and sophomore Sierra Greer combined for 36 points to fuel the Aviators to their second straight victory, which landed them at 9-11 on the year.
Greer was 10-for-18 from the field for 20 points to go along with seven steals and four rebounds. Moore caught fire from the field, finishing 8-for-15 to finish with 16 points and six boards.
The first quarter suggested that the contest was going to be a prolific one on offense as both teams furiously traded baskets and the Aviators were able to emerge with a 21-20 lead. Scoring slowed down from there, but WMAA went into the locker room at half time with a 35-29 advantage.
The Knights didn’t go away, and cut the deficit to four in the dying minutes of the game, but the Aviators were able to hold them off with tough rebounding down the stretch.
Algoma Christian (14-3) had their own duo that gave WMAA fits all night. Six-foot-four post player Katelyn Eshbach muscled her way to the hoop often and finished with a game-high 23 points. She was joined by Ashley Marsman, who finished with 13 points, recording seven of those in the first quarter already.
Aliesje Knight added eight points for the Aviators in the win while Katie Woodruff had four points, Makenna Gould added three points and both Bre Holmlund and Ingel Tucker and two points apiece.
The Aviators get the coming week off before facing off with Godwin Heights on March 4 in the first round of the Division 2 district tournament at Grand Rapids Christian.