On Monday, Inland Lakes hosted a rescheduled game against the Central Lake. With a slow start to the game, the Bulldogs just couldn’t catch up enough to call it a win. Central Lake went home with a win 41-36.
The girls started very slow right off the bat. The girls struggled to put points up in the first quarter, with an 8-0 hole in the first two minutes. With Central Lake having a height advantage, the Bulldogs had a hard time rebounding on both ends of the court. The girls did a better job on defense trapping the ball on the sides of the court while in their one-three-one zone defense. But the first quarter was not the Bulldogs’ strongest quarter. They gave up 16 points while only putting 8 points on the board.
Trying to forget about the first quarter, coach Pat Clancy had the girls focused on setting up their plays right and shooting the ball when they had an opportunity. This gave the girls more of a chance to score off of offensive rebounds. The lady Bulldogs were slowly starting to get their head into the game and started to gain more control of the ball. Their defence was stepping up their game and making the Trojans work hard on offense. Precious Delos Santos was playing tight defense on Central Lake throughout the game, causing them to turn the ball over all night. Ending the first half, the Trojans held a 26-15 lead.
Frustration with the scoreboard, the girls played hard in the third quarter. The Bulldogs were finally able to cut into Central Lake’s lead. Coach Clancy put the girls into a full court man and shut down the Trojans on the offensive side of the court. The top scores of the night was Lexi Brendly with 16 points and Mara Clancy with 8 points. By the end of the third quarter, the Trojans still had a slim lead at 30-25.
Starting the last quarter of the game the Bulldogs lost their groove and had many turnovers during this quarter. Central Lake wasted a lot of the time by passing the ball up top and moving it around the three-point line. The Bulldogs racked up fouls trying to get the ball back. Tyra Fletcher fouled out with a few minutes remaining and a couple other Bulldogs were close as well. But the story of the quarter was both teams’ inability to make a shot. Central Lake was able to make some free throws, and the Bulldogs cut the lead to 2 points twice, but could not make the tying shot.
“If we would have boxed out more, had better passes, and would of have calmed down and relaxed on offense, the game would have been totally different,” shooting guard Lexi Brendly said.
The next girls game is being held at Mancelona on Thursday, Feb. 01.