Brethren downs Onekama

 

Onekama’s Ashley Kubiskey (22 in white) is guarded by Mariah Pringle of Brethren (22 in blue) during the Portagers’ 49-30 win on Friday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Onekama’s Ashley Kubiskey (22 in white) is guarded by Mariah Pringle of Brethren (22 in blue) during the Portagers’ 49-30 win on Friday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

ONEKAMA — It was a tale of two different halves on Friday night when Brethren went to Onekama and pulled out a victory.

Brethren prevailed 49-30, but the game didn’t look to be heading at that direction going into the half.

At halftime the two teams were tied 22-22, and then the flood gates opened.

“I just told them that we were back where we started from. The score was zero to zero and you have to want it more than they do. They have the crowd. It’s their floor, so you’re going to have to push just a little harder. Forcing shots wasn’t going to work. We had to be patient on offense and we had to talk more on defense,” Brethren head coach Julie Riggs said. “It’s just that simple. They are just an amazing group of girls. They work so hard in practice that it’s just the simple reminders.”

In the second half behind the help of point guard Taytum Myers, who led all scorers with 16 points, and her two forwards in Mariah Pringle and Megan Wayward, Brethren was able to gain control of the game on both ends of the court.

Wayward had 8 points and 2 rebounds while Pringle had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

Brethren outscored Onekama 27-8 in the second half as they moved their record to 1-1 after an opening loss to Marion.

“I think it was fatigue more than anything. Fatigue and I think they wore us down a little. Their bench was a little bit better and a little bit better conditioned,” Onekama head coach Jim Armstrong said. “We were fatigued in the second half. Once you get tired you can’t play this game. You can’t play basketball when you’re tired. I thought we were tired and we had some weird combinations on the floor.”

Onekama was forced to play in some new lineups with senior guard Emma Putney suffering from an ankle injury.

The Portagers did not fill up the stat sheet with only 30 points but McKayla Haske did manage to lead her team with 6 points and 8 rebounds.

Onekama will return on Wednesday, Dec. 9 when they visit Big Rapids Crossroads.

“I didn’t think we played that well ourselves, but with that being said, we’re going to learn from our losses. You don’t go through the season and win 20 games in a row. This is only game one. We’re going to regroup. We’ll get healthier. Once we get healthier and get our people back I think we’ll be fine,” Armstrong said.

Brethren on the other hand will be back on that same day with a home game against Mason County Eastern, but for now the Bobcats are celebrating their first win of the season.

“We still have plenty to work on. It’s only the second game of the season, but we’re going to go out and ring the bell tonight,” Riggs said.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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