Brethren dealt D League defeat by Marion

BRETHREN — Brethren girls basketball fell to Marion in a West Michigan D League contest Thursday, with the Eagles winning 40-29.

The Bobcats (1-5, 1-4 WMDL) trailed by a single point after one quarter, but Marion (2-4, 1-3 WMDL) outscored them 14-3 in the second quarter and never looked back.

“We couldn’t find the bottom of the net,” said Brethren head coach Julie Riggs. “Layups were our worst enemy. It was the old cliche of, ‘We beat ourselves.’ Scoring three points in a quarter when (Marion) scored 14, and we lose by 11, that tells the story.”

Eleni Guenther led the Bobcats with seven points and seven rebounds. Heidi Lewis chipped in with six points and six boards, Megan Cordes finished with five points, four assists and two steals, Meggan Macurio had four points and Kylah Fischer had two blocks.

“The girls always stick together,” Riggs said. “They fight hard. We had an injury at the end when we were within five points. … I’m not blaming it on that, but we were building some momentum — some steam — and had battled back.”

Brethren travels to Bear Lake Tuesday for a WMDL contest at 7:30 p.m.

Onekama falls to Leland

LELAND — Onekama girls basketball lost a Northwest Conference contest at Leland Thursday, falling 58-45.

The Portagers (2-5, 1-4 NWC) trailed most of the game, but were right in it up until the end. The Comets (4-3, 2-3 NWC) held a 29-24 advantage at halftime and were able to pull away late.

“This loss hurts, but we’re still trying to find our way around with each other,” said Onekama head coach Tracy Bennett. “We still have over half of our season to go. I said, ‘Keep working. Keep trying. Keep coming to practice and being as focused as you are and hopefully things will start falling our way.’”

The Portagers struggled to hit shots, and made only 16 percent of their 60 2-point field goal attempts.

Colleen McCarthy led the Portagers with 13 points. Hanna Hughes scored 12 points, Maggie Domres had 10 boards while Ella Acton finished with six steals.

“(Leland) never really had a significant lead,” Bennett said. “Just at the end we had to try to get the ball back and use a bit of pressure and fell behind a bit more.”

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