Brethren girls down Forest Area 53-36

Brethren’s Mariah Pringle goes up for two of her game-high 28 points in the Bobcats’ 53-36 win over Fife Lake Forest Area Wednesday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Brethren’s Mariah Pringle goes up for two of her game-high 28 points in the Bobcats’ 53-36 win over Fife Lake Forest Area Wednesday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren girls basketball avoided a slip-up on Wednesday, and will instead go into the holiday break with some momentum.

The Bobcats started the night slow, but a big second half helped the team win 53-36 against Fife Lake Forest Area.

Turnovers plagued Brethren (5-1, 3-0) in a game that should have been easier than it was. Senior Mariah Pringle tried to get her team going offensively, had to do a lot of it on her own in the first half. Despite Pringle’s ability to drive on the Warriors, Forest Area led 14-10 early in the second quarter.

“In the first half it was like ‘who are we?’ We discussed it and got it together,” Brethren coach Julie Riggs said. “We came back out in the third quarter and played like they practice. They came out with the intensity that we needed in this game.”

Pringle scored 10 straight points for her team in the second quarter to help them take a 22-20 lead into the half. She had 16 at the half, and she finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks.

The team came out with a little more energy on the defensive end in the second, and made sure that the Warriors couldn’t get the second and third opportunities that they got in the first half. Pringle scored 10 of the first 12 points the Bobcats had of the second half to help the team pull ahead by double-digits at 34-24.

“We were just out-hustled, but that third quarter was a game changer,” Riggs said.

Toward the end of the third Brethren was able to find something that it has been looking for all year, a second scoring option. Megan Cordes drained three three-point shots in the second half to help the team pull ahead 51-26 with about five minutes left in the game.

After pulling ahead by 25, the team was able to coast on home.

“I told her, Megan, you have to believe that we want her to shoot the ball. She put the first three up and it just got easier,” Riggs said. “Everybody on the team contributes, but I have to have Megan shooting. She has a nice outside shot.”

To go along with the big game from Pringle, Cordes finished with 9 points and 7 assists, Brianna Pettinato had 6 points and Whitney Danks had 4 points and 6w rebounds. The Bobcats shot 49 percent from the field.

Brethren will be back after the holidays on Friday, Jan. 5 at home against Bear Lake. Two teams are tied atop the West Michigan D League standings at 3-0.

Brethren won the junior varsity game 28-12.

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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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