Bobcats bounced by Bucks, 55-24

Mariah Pringle drives to the basket for two of her 16 points during the Bobcats’ 55-24 loss to LeRoy Pine River on Monday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Mariah Pringle drives to the basket for two of her 16 points during the Bobcats’ 55-24 loss to LeRoy Pine River on Monday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Monday’s game was one that Brethren girls basketball probably would rather forget.

The Bobcats started the second half cold and by the time they were able to look up the game was already over in a 55-24 loss to LeRoy Pine River.

The Bucks outscored Brethren 24-4 in the third quarter to turn a close game into a rout in a matter of minutes.

“We didn’t go to the ball for passes. I thought out first half was solid,” Brethren coach Julie Riggs said.

Mariah Pringle had another big game for the Bobcats while she almost had another triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks. Whitney Danks also had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Those two would be the only Brethren players to make field goals in the game, while the rest of the team struggled finding the bottom of the net.

Pringle started the game fast against Pine River’s 1-3-1 zone defense. She scored 7 of her 16 in the first quarter and the team only trailed 8-7 after one.

Pine River guards Kaylee Goodman and Logan Powell got hot in the second quarter. Goodman finished with 26 points in the game and Powell had 16 points. They were able to start forcing turnovers to create transition chances going the other direction.

Still though, the Bucks only led 26-16 at halftime.

“Once the score started to spread out we switched to a man-to-man,” Riggs said. “We still knew that we needed to get the ball into the paint. We talked about that at halftime. They were in foul trouble.”

Brethren (8-4, 6-1) continued to turn the ball over early in the second half and Pine River (7-6) capitalized by running a layup drill off of the turnovers. The Bucks went on a 24-4 run in that quarter to turn a 10-point game into a 30-point game.

“Credit to Kaylee Goodman and Logan Powell,” Riggs said. “They’re good outside shooters. They don’t miss. We didn’t go to the ball and they got from backcourt steals. They’d turn around with a steal and get a lay up because they’d steal it at the top of the court.”

The Bucks were able to take the air out of the ball in the fourth to coast in for a win.

In addition to Pringle and Danks’ performances, Charlee Schaefer had 3 assists and Megan Cordes had 5 steals.

Brethren will be back on Thursday at Baldwin (2-9, 2-6), and again on Saturday at home against Bear Lake (8-3, 6-1).

“We have three games this week. Tomorrow’s practice is going to be all passing and shooting. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. We need to have more than three people score,” 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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