Reporting to duty

Reserves don’t miss a beat in Morley Stanwood victory

MORLEY — To make a deep run in the Class C girls basketball tournament, Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven knows he’ll need plenty of production from his seniors.

Raven admits, however, that he’ll need more than that at some point. The Morley Stanwood coach got plenty of help from the bench on Monday in a 50-5 win over Hesperia in Class C district first round action.

IN THE LANE: Morley Stanwood's Kayla Elliott goes in for a shot against Hesperia on Monday in girls basketball action. (Pioneer photo/Martin Slagter)

“(The bench) came in and gave us a little spark in the first half,” he said. “We weren’t playing the greatest at the time. The deeper you are, the more dangerous you’ll be.”

The Mohawks (21-0) got 16 points from their bench in the first half alone in building a 44-4 halftime advantage. Megan Quilitzsch led the way for the reserves with six points, while Kayla Elliott and Mekayla Carey each added four points. Sarah Lagendyk added eight rebounds off the bench.

The Mohawk starters built up a big lead early, getting out to a 19-4 lead after the first quarter. Alexis Huntey, who scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists in limited minutes, made it 7-0 with 5:33 left in the first quarter on a putback. Huntey then found Bailey Cairnduff inside for a basket to increase the lead to 13-0. Cairnduff led the Mohawks with 13 points.

The bench then took over in the second quarter, with Carey providing a putback to make it 21-4. Quilitzsch then hit a jumper on a feed from Cairnduff to make it 34-4. Elliott added a basket underneath to make it 38-4.

Quilitzsch said she hopes to bring good energy to the floor coming off the bench.

“We just do our best and play our roles,” she said of the reserves. “You need to be prepared in case someone gets hurt or is in foul trouble.”

Elliott said doing the little things like hustling and grabbing rebounds is what makes the Mohawk bench effective.

“I just want to come in and help out,” she said. “We want to show people that we can come in and (provide) offense and support the team. Our bench is strong, and if we need to come in and give someone a break, we feel like we can jump in and help out.”

With the win, Morley Stanwood advances to take on White Cloud at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Morley Stanwood High School.

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MORLEY STANWOOD 50, HESPERIA 5
Morley Stan. 19 25 4 2 — 50
Hesperia 4 0 0 1 — 5

Morley Stanwood (21-0)

Kaytie Cranney 2 0-0 4, Kayla Elliott 2 0-1 4, Elyse Starck 2 1-2 5, Jessica Brown 1 0-0 2, Bailey Cairnduff 5(1) 0-0 13, Megan Quilitzsch 3 0-0 6, Alexis Huntey 3 2-2 8, Alyssa Nelson 1 0-0 2, Mekayla Carey 2 0-0 4, Jennie Kizer 1 0-2 2.

Hesperia

Lauren Zeerip 1 1-6 3, Danielle Wolfsen 1 0-0 2.

Rebounds: Morley Stanwood (Sarah Lagendyk 8, Huntey 6). Hesperia (Zeerip 8).

Assists: Morley Stanwood (Huntey 2, Cairnduff 2).

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