Bobcats lose at home to Cardinals

BRETHREN — Brethren girls basketball fell at home Thursday to West Michigan D League foe Mason County Eastern by a score of 46-36.

The Bobcats (1-7, 1-6 WMDL) were tied at 30-30 with 1:46 left in the third quarter. The Cardinals (5-1, 5-1 WMDL) scored two baskets to go up four heading into the final stanza. Brethren cut MCE’s lead to one in the fourth but were unable to get over the hump and eventually MCE pulled away.

Even in defeat the Bobcats’ offense showed signs of improvement against a quality opponent.

“We were driving the lane when we could,” said Brethren head coach Julie Riggs. “Kaia (Richardson) lit it up outside and that truly was a gift tonight — hitting three 3-pointers. Megan (Cordes) had two 3-pointers. We were using our perimeter shooting.”

Richardson led the Bobcats with 18 points, two assists and six rebounds. Cordes chipped in with seven points, three steals and five rebounds, Charlee Schaefer added five points, five boards and three assists while Meggan Macurio finished with two points, three assists and six rebounds.

“My girls don’t give up,” Riggs said. “They give me 100 percent effort and heart.”

The two teams had previously squared off Dec. 18 at MCE in a game that saw Brethren fall 29-20. Riggs believes her team has come a long way since then.

“We definitely improved,” Riggs said. “Our perimeter shooting was better. … We were definitely dropping the outside shot way better than when we went to their place.”

The Bobcats next see action Wednesday when they host Grand Traverse Academy at 7:30 p.m.

Onekama falls short of Buckley

BUCKLEY — One quarter doomed the Onekama girls basketball team on Thursday in a 37-29 road loss to Buckley in Northwest Conference action.

The Portagers (2-6, 1-5 NWC) trailed just 15-13 at halftime, but went cold in the third as the Bears (5-4, 2-4 NWC) built up a 28-15 lead to start the fourth. Onekama rallied back to within a bucket at one point down the stretch, but ultimately fell short.

“That third quarter really put us in a hole that we really had to fight hard to come back from,” said Onekama coach Tracy Bennett. “Buckley (started the half) with three 3-pointers in a row and we made just one basket in the third.”

The Portagers regained their rhythm in the fourth, however, and scored 14 points in the frame.

“They really fought in the fourth quarter,” Bennett said. “If my girls can play every quarter like they did in the fourth tonight, they’ll be a team to reckon with. We just need to find confidence in our shots and each other, and hold onto that momentum when we have it.”

Colleen McCarthy led the Portagers on the night with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. Sophie Wisniski added eight points and 10 rebounds while Ella Acton grabbed eight boards to go with three steals.

The Portagers will next see action on Jan. 23 when they host Frankfort at 7:30 p.m.

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