The Northwestern girls basketball team lost 68-43 Tuesday night at Grand Rapids.
The Thunderhawks gradually built a 10-point lead early in the first half. When it got to 12 points with 5:51 left in the first half, the Tigers called a time out.
Northwestern scored the next five points out of the break and with the score 20-13, Grand Rapids called time out with 4:18 on the clock.
The Thunderhawks scored 11 of the next 13 points for a 31-15 halftime lead.
Turnovers hurt the Tigers, who threw the ball away at least a dozen times in the first half.
Grand Rapids continued to pull away from the Tigers in the second half, eventually opening up a pair of 24-point leads. A basket at the buzzer made the final score 68-43 and gave the Thunder Hawks their largest lead of the game, 25 points.
Ally May and Lynsey Anttila led the Tigers with nine points apiece. Kelcee Janigo added six points, Leah Karna had five and Katy Konzak and Tess Nelson had four points each.
The Tigers turned the ball over 22 times and was just 4-of-12 from the free-throw line. The Hawks threw the ball away 20 times and was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.
The Tigers host Barron at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
TIGER TALES: Northwestern’s Leah Karna left the game in the second half with an apparent leg injury. She returned to the Tigers’ bench, but did not re-enter the game.