Laker girls back on top of WMDL after 38-19 win at Baldwin

Bear Lake’s Abby Cross, shown here in action against MCE on Feb. 1, scored 8 points in the Lakers’ 38-19 win at Baldwin on Monday. (News Advocate file photo)

Bear Lake’s Abby Cross, shown here in action against MCE on Feb. 1, scored 8 points in the Lakers’ 38-19 win at Baldwin on Monday. (News Advocate file photo)

BALDWIN — Bear Lake used balanced scoring and smothering defense to climb back on top of the West Michigan D league standings Monday night.

Two Lakers scored eight points and two more scored seven to finally defeat Baldwin 38-19, in the third attempt to play the West Michigan D League contest originally scheduled for Jan. 23.

Bear Lake (13-6 overall, 11-2 WMDL) opened up a double-digit lead in the first quarter, 16-6, and never trailed after that.

The win, combined with Brethren’s 42-39 win over league-leading Pentwater, put the Lakers back into a first-place tie with the Falcons with one league game to play.

Bear Lake head coach Jeff Harthun said that he was happy to be able to get some some of his reserves some playing time at Baldwin.

“We got a little bit of a lead, and I got to play some people tonight who don’t normally get to play, which was really good,” Harthun said. “We escaped with two people who almost got injured, but we had the lead so we didn’t have to play them any more.”

Yuki Babinec and Abby Cross each scored 8 points, Hayley May and Alyssa Eisenlohr each had 7, and Mariah Beaver scored three points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds for the Lakers, but the game was won on the defensive end.

Baldwin (3-13, 3-10) could muster just four points in the second quarter and three in the third, but were kept in the game by poor shooting by Bear Lake. The Lakers converted just 13 of their 42 attempts from the field, but were able to score 11 points, or 29 percent of their scoring, from the foul line.

“We had one situation where we got five straight offensive rebounds and we didn’t put the ball in the hole,” Harthun said. “There must have been four or five beautiful passes into our big people, and they just put them over the basket.”

Bear Lake would clinch at least a share of the WMDL championship with a win in their regular-season finale, at home against Walkerville (9-9, 8-5) on Thursday, Feb. 22. But first, the Lakers will host future WMDL foe Marion in a non-league game tonight at 6 p.m.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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