Coming off its only loss so far this season against East Lansing 14 days ago, Holt was eager to get back on the court.
But the Rams had to turn things up in the second half to make sure they didn’t take a second loss on Friday night.
Holt led by just one point at halftime but pulled away in the final two quarters for a 60-39 victory over Lansing Catholic in a nonleague game.
“The first one after the break is always interesting,” Holt coach Doug Harkema said. “I think we forgot how to play hard in the first half, but the second half we put 41 (points) up on the scoreboard, a lot of it from the defense.
“I’m just trying to teach them they need to worry about playing hard, all the time.”
Holt’s guards led the way. Sophomore Tara Lierman paced the Rams with 13 points.
“We had a pretty good game against East Lansing, so we wanted to get back out and prove or show that we were a good enough team to hang with them. We wanted to prove it tonight,” Lierman said.
Senior guard Sherye Bradley added 11 points and freshman guard Kamrin Reed had all 10 of her points in the second half for the Rams (6-1).
Lansing Catholic held the Rams to just five points in the first quarter and less than 20 points for the first half, but Holt started on a 10-2 run in the third quarter and the Cougars struggled to keep up.
“We spent a lot of time this break on our defense and worked on some things we were weak in and I thought we did really well in that first half and then we had some breakdowns in that third quarter,” Lansing Catholic coach Joe Springer said. “Once the spread of the game got a little wider, that’s when the girls started panicking a little bit with turnovers and things like that.”
Seniors Annie Fata and Kate McInnis led the Cougars (1-7) with six points each.
“We got over that hump of feeling that confidence to win these games and finish them,” Springer said.
“They were doing great that first half. Everything was working well the way they were doing it. They were communicating.
“They were working as a team, and then a couple mistakes and it’s a mental thing.”