Girls Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Feb 26, 2019
- PIONEERS: 64
GRANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: 23
The East Grand Rapids Pioneers celebrated Senior Night in style as they concluded their regular season at home on Tuesday against the Grandville Bulldogs. The Pioneers got off to a quick start, led by their 3 Seniors, en route to a 51-11 halftime lead. Senior Forward Niki Grant scored 7 points; Mary Schumar scored 8 out of the team's first 10 points, while finishing with 10 points and 7 rebounds; and Senior guard Olivia Brown led all scorers with a game high 19 points. The Pioneers went on to win the game 64-23 to finish their regular season 18-2 (12-0 in conference). Their next game will be against Ottawa Hills on Monday in the first round of Districts. EGR is hosting the District Tournament.
Niki Grant is planning on attending college next year and pursuing a career with Child's Speech and Development. She has a passion for working with kids and while she doesn't know where she wants to go to school yet, she has a strong sense of what she's gifted with and how she wants to use those gifts to forward her career. Niki always seems to have a positive attitude and has a knack for lightening any situation when it's needed. When the team needs a laugh, she provides just that. She's not afraid to say what's on her mind and she stays true to who she is and what she believes. Niki's favorite quote is to "Just keep swimming" and that couldn't sum up who she is better. Her kind and caring attitude will help lead her to be successful as she prepares for life after high school.
Mary Schumar will be attending Marquette University in the Fall on a Lacrosse Scholarship. She is planning on studying either Engineering or Computer Sciences while there. Aside from being a star lacrosse player, Mary is an all-conference basketball player who has been a major contributor to the success of the team. She does a little bit of everything for the team... She scores, she rebounds, she gets an uncanny amount of steals, and she also enjoys getting others involved. I don't know if there has ever been a time Mary hasn't been smiling as it seems she is always laughing and just enjoying life to its fullest. Her positive attitude and smile will light up any room and she is always a joy to be around. Whether she is dribbling the ball up the court with her knees, doing a quick behind the back dribble and leaving the defender lost, or picking someone's pocket at an unlikely time, she always seems to be doing something that leaves the coaches and fans wondering how she does it. The best advice she has ever received she says comes from her father, Jim, who told her that as long as you continue to work hard, everything will have a way of working out. Her constant positivity and track record of success will lead her to do and accomplish great things in life after her time with EGR.
Olivia Brown will be attending St. Bonaventure University in the Fall on a Basketball Scholarship. I don't know if there are enough words to describe what Olivia has meant to the program, but I will try and sum it up. I think the best advice she's ever gotten does a pretty good job describing who she is and how she lives her life... She said her parents, Spencer and Noelle, have told her that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard and anyone who knows Olivia knows that she is not only extremely talented, but she is also one of the hardest workers you will come across. She always seems to be working on her game and creating game like situations to practice and prepare. She comes into practice early, she stays late, yet she still excels in the classroom as she has a GPA above 4.0. Olivia has been on the varsity basketball team since she was a freshman and she eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark this year thanks to her hard work and dedication. When practicing, she does every drill with a purpose and uses them to get better and she is always asking questions so she can be the best she can be. She doesn't like to show off her other talents much, but she also happens to be a talented singer, she enjoys sneaking her dance moves into practices when the music is on, and she can also rap with the best of them when the time calls. Her experience and leadership has helped propel the Pioneers to 17-4, 20-4, and 18-2 (and counting) records the past three seasons and are just a couple of the many traits she carries that will lead her to do grand things in life.
The East Grand Rapids Girl's Basketball Program couldn't be more thankful to have these 3 Seniors come through the program. They have each brought something unique to the table that was valuable to the team and will be greatly missed. Despite what the program will lose when these 3 leave, they have all done an incredible job of getting the next group ready and showing them what it takes to be a part of a successful program and making sure they are prepared for next year without them. East Grand Rapids is extremely proud to have been the home of Olivia, Mary, and Niki. Thank you, Seniors!