Brethren defeats Bear Lake

 

Brethren junior Marie Falls (23) goes up for two of her six points, despite the defensive attention of Bear Lake’s Hayley May (15), during the Bobcats’ 47-37 win Wednesday night. Looking on are Brethren’s Mariah Pringle (33) and Taytum Myers (32). (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Brethren junior Marie Falls (23) goes up for two of her six points, despite the defensive attention of Bear Lake’s Hayley May (15), during the Bobcats’ 47-37 win Wednesday night. Looking on are Brethren’s Mariah Pringle (33) and Taytum Myers (32). (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BEAR LAKE — Brethren kept rolling with a West Michigan D League girtls basketball  victory over surging Bear Lake.

The Bobcats pulled away in the second half to secure a 47-37 victory, but for most of the game the Lakers kept it a close contest.

Bear Lake led at the half, 22-21 with the help of solid transition play and foul trouble for the Bobcats.

“When we went in after the first half and we were all yelling and screaming. I asked them how it felt and they said it felt great. It was because they were doing everything that they were supposed to do,” Bear Lake head coach Jeff Harthun said. “Granted, (Brethren) may have had an off shooting night in the first half, but we were boxing people out and we were in the right position on defense.”

Brethren began to exert their force in the second half with its size.

“We had to taper back with Marie (Falls) and Megan (Wayward) getting three fouls. Lindsey Krizen came in and she did a good job. She can play high or low and she didn’t let me down,” Brethren head coach Julie Riggs said.

The front line that was made up of Falls, Mariah Pringle, and Wayward began to build the lead with their post-up play and by blocking shots on the defensive end.

The Bobcats ended up with 13 blocks on the night and they won the rebounding edge 47-32.

“I asked a lot of my big girls tonight. To get the assists and steals along with the blocks and the boards — they were playing a full game in there,” Riggs said.

In the fourth quarter Brethren busted the game open from 32-29 to the eventual 10-point winning margin.

Bear Lake was led by Yuki Babinec with 11 points, five steals, and four rebounds. Hayley May scored 10 points and had six rebounds.

“They are really starting to trust each other, which I think is the best thing. It sounds like a broken record that we’re working, but they feel that they’re getting better. That’s the most important thing to me,” Harthun said. “I told them in the locker room that it was still a loss, but I am really proud of them. They should pat each other on the back. They played tough against one of the better teams in the league. We played tough with them.”

For the Bobcats Taytum Myers led all scorers with 14 points, four assists, and three steals.

“It’s phenomenal to know that she’s a junior and still developing,” Riggs said.

Pringle had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks.

Falls had six points and 12 rebounds.

“They take care of each other. If one falls down we pick her up. That’s what a true team does,” Riggs said. “We have a good all-around team and when they put their brains together — you aren’t going to stop them.”

Brethren (5-2 overall, 4-1 WMDL) will be back on Friday against Pentwater.

Bear Lake (1-6, 1-5) will play Baldwin on Friday.

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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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