PREP ROUNDUP: Lakers fall short at Pentwater

PENTWATER — Bear Lake boys basketball played a West Michigan D League at Pentwater Saturday. A poor second quarter left the Lakers looking up at a deficit from which they could not recover and the Falcons won 54-41.

Bear Lake (8-7, 8-5 WMDL) trailed by three after one quarter, but Pentwater (9-5, 8-4 WMDL) outscored the Lakers 16-6 in the second frame to take a 33-20 lead at halftime.

“In the second quarter, we couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” said Bear Lake head coach Garret Waller. “We had some uncharacteristic turnovers in that second quarter and didn’t play very good defense. We were getting beat to the 50-50 balls, we weren’t boxing out, we were giving them second opportunities. We did not play a very good second quarter.”

Trey Gilbert led the Lakers with 19 points, eight rebounds, four steals and an assist. Bradley Novak chipped in with 16 points, three boards, one steal and two assists while Reagan Merrill recorded six points, five rebounds, one steal, four assists and a block.

Bear Lake had a good start to the second half and cut the Falcon lead to single digits heading into the final stanza. The Lakers were unable to mount a comeback and Pentwater came out on top.

“One thing that didn’t help at all was one of my starters that finally got back healthy from a previous injury got another leg injury within about the first 30 seconds of the game,” Waller said. “He started and went out within 30 seconds and didn’t play again, so that didn’t help.”

Bear Lake hosts Manistee Catholic Central Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a WMDL contest.

Bobcats fall at Forest Area

FIFE LAKE — A strong third quarter wasn’t enough to net Brethren girls basketball a road win Saturday, and the Bobcats fell 57-37 to Fife Lake Forest Area in a non-conference contest.

Brethren (1-10) was slow out of the gate and fell behind early. Just when it looked like the Bobcats were going to make a game of it in the second half the Lakers (3-8) caught fire and pulled away.

“We were in it, and we were down by 15 going into halftime,” said Brethren head coach Julie Riggs. “We scored 17 points to their eight in the third quarter. We were gaining. In the third quarter we caught up to within three points, and then the score went right in the opposite way.

“We just couldn’t hang onto it.”

Eleni Guenther led the Bobcats with 11 points and four steals. Whitney Danks added 10 points and six boards Kaia Richardson added four steals and Charlee Schaefer finished with six rebounds.

While not content with a loss, Riggs was happy with how her team kept battling and hopefully Brethren can build upon its strong third-quarter performance.

“Our guards were finding the post players,” Riggs said. “Getting the ball down low, which is a great way to play basketball — using your big people. But then (Forest Area) started pressuring that, and our outside shots just weren’t going to fall and we lost track of what we were doing, I guess.”

The Bobcats were without the services of Megan Cordes, who is out with an avulsion fracture of the ankle.

“With Megan sitting on the bench, we were missing a good amount of leadership,” Riggs said. “… It makes a difference. Eleni and Kaia really stepped up.”

“We had some bad luck in that fourth quarter,” Riggs continued. “We just couldn’t get it to stick together.”

The Bobcats host Big Rapids Crossroads Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in a West Michigan D League contest.

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