Bobcats still alive, down Pentwater

Brethren’s Mariah Pringle (33) goes up for two of her game-high 21 points in the Bobcats’ 42-39 win over league-leading Pentwater Monday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Brethren’s Mariah Pringle (33) goes up for two of her game-high 21 points in the Bobcats’ 42-39 win over league-leading Pentwater Monday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren girls basketball kept itself mathematically alive in the West Michigan D League race on Monday night.

The Bobcats (13-6 overall, 10-3 WMDL) started fast against Pentwater (13-6, 11-2) and held off the league leaders in the second half to escape with a 42-39 win.

“It was huge,” Brethren head coach Julie Riggs said. “Right before districts and you have everybody on the team contributing, taking care of the ball, going to the passes, and looking to play out of the triple-threat.”

Mariah Pringle came up big again with a double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds, but her play in the closing minutes was what clinched the win.

The Falcons started the game in a man and that allowed the Bobcats to run a bit of its offense, and they did better than they have for most of the season. Brethren jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter with Pringle scoring six points before Pentwater switched to a zone.

“We had to take care of the ball. We passed quicker and we looked for shots in the paint,” Riggs said.

Pentwater freshman Jhordan Miller-Rowe made a three at the buzzer to make it 12-9 after one, and she made a three at the buzzer of the second quarter and Brethren went into the half up 23-19.

The Falcons came out with a little pressure in the second half and that gave the Bobcats trouble. The teams played within a basket or two for most of the second half, but Pentwater never led in the game.

It was tied at 35 with 4:16 left in the game when Pringle took over again. She made a layup off of an inbound play, split a pair of free throws, and scored on a rebound off of her missed shot to score five points in 30 seconds to take control of the game back. Her quick spurt helped the team pull ahead 40-35 and coast home for the win.

Pentwater had a series of turnovers in the fourth quarter, which added to their total of 21 in the game.

“We ended up with 21 (turnovers). That’s right around where we’re at, but they were timely turnovers,” Pentwater coach Joe Gorton said. “We had turnovers at the wrong time. It just came down to execution and they did a better job of it.”

Megan Cordes had 7 points and 4 rebounds, and Brooklyn Cook and Charlee Schaefer each had 4 points for the Bobcats.

The win keeps the Bobcats within one game of the league lead with one game to go. Bear Lake and Pentwater remained tied at 11-2.

Brethren will finish the regular season on Thursday at home against Mason County Eastern.

Brethren won the junior varsity game 34-31.

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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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