Shorthanded Brethren downs Mesick, 37-15

 

Brethren’s Mariah Pringle goes up for two of her 21 points in the Bobcats’ 37-15 win over Mesick on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Brethren’s Mariah Pringle goes up for two of her 21 points in the Bobcats’ 37-15 win over Mesick on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MESICK — Brethren girls basketball had to play through adversity off the court, but on the court they took care of Mesick to advance to the district final on Friday.

The Bobcats won 37-15 with two of their three leading scorers out, but the rest of the squad was too much for the Bulldogs.

“After the last game you never underestimate anybody,” Brethren coach Julie Riggs said. “They play defense, the clock was on and the refs are making calls. They did it as a unit. It was an effort.”

Without seniors Taytum Myers and Marie Falls, who missed the game due to technical fouls two nights earlier, junior forward Mariah Pringle took over the game.

She scored 21 points, while not playing a second of the fourth quarter. She also had eight rebounds and seven blocks.

The whole team had a big night on the defensive end of the court. Mesick only scored two points in the first quarter, and those two came at the buzzer.

Brethren led 16-5 at the half, and Pringle took over in the third quarter with 11 points and the lead grew to 31-8. With the result no longer in doubt, Riggs was able to pull Pringle in the third quarter and substitute liberally.

A handful of junior varsity call-ups played the majority of the fourth quarter, which could pay dividends in a tournament game down the road.

“We played everybody. Everybody scored. This was a complete team win. We had some freshman step up,” Riggs said. “I was hoping the other night to get them in. I brought them up because we don’t have 10 players. We needed players to help at practice and to get them in the game is always great.”

To go along with the big game from Pringle, Brianna Pettinato had four points and Whitney Danks had 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats will be back on Friday in the district final against Onekama at Mesick High School. The Portagers won their only meeting of the season, 43-35 in December.

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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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