Mohawks roll past Indians

MOHAWKS: Morley Stanwood junior forward Destiny Kuzee guards a White Cloud  player Friday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

MOHAWKS: Morley Stanwood junior forward Destiny Kuzee guards a White Cloud player Friday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

Transition game key for Morley Stanwood in 66-19 win

BIG RAPIDS — Morley Stanwood girls basketball coach Bob Raven said his team is at its best when it’s able to get out in transition.

 The Mohawks were at their best on Friday as they defeated visiting White Cloud 66-19 in a Central State Activities Association matchup.

 “It’s something we work on every day in practice,” Evans said of their transition game. “So it was nice to see us apply that in a game tonight.”

 After White Cloud cut the deficit to 11-6 nine seconds into the second quarter, the Mohawks rattled off 13 straight points in a five minute span.

 Senior Mekayla Carey led Morley Stanwood with 16 points, while junior Mikayla Thumser scored 10 points.

 With most of its starters pulled in the second half, Morley Stanwood’s substitutes didn’t miss a beat offensively. 

 “We didn’t fall off when they came in,” Evans said. “We continued to score and continued to hold them. I think this is one of the deeper teams that I’ve had in my years of coaching, and I think that was evident tonight.”

 It was hard for Evans to nitpick after the victory, but one area that stood out to him was the turnovers.

 “I thought we turned it over a little bit too much in the first half,” he said, “but we did a much better job in the second half.”

 White Cloud’s Caitlin Wilk and Clara Priest each had a team-high five points.

Mohawks junior Marissa Frye scored seven points.

 Morley Stanwood improved to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the CSAA Silver. It sits in second place behind Kent City.

It plays Reed City Tuesday at home.

 “We just have to take it one game at a time and keep building up from each game,” Carey said. “When we work together as a team, that’s when we’re at our best.”

 The Indians drop to 4-7 and 1-5 in the league. They host Newaygo on Tuesday in their Cancer-out game. 

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Posted by Ryan Zuke

Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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