The girls basketball teams traveled to Rogers City to play a non-conference game on Monday, January 16. At the time Roger City was ranked third in the state for class D. They were 8-0 before they played Inland Lakes at their gym. The girls took home the win with a score of 36-27.
In the first quarter, the girls hung right there with Roger City with each possession, both teams scoring. The girls came out strong knowing that they had a chance at winning that night. The Bulldogs had not started a game with as much fire in a while. The Bulldogs definitely set the bar that night. At the end of the quarter, Roger City held a slim 13-12 lead.
During the second quarter the girls limited Roger City’s scoring, holding them to 3 points, while scoring 8. As the game went on Inland Lakes had some major turn overs with a total of 42 in the game, which was really high for them. But the girls made up some of the turn overs with 16 steals. At the end of the first half the score was 20-16.
“We had more turnovers then we probably would have liked to, but over all everyone stepped up and took their role as part of the Inland Lakes basketball team,” sophomore Tyra Fletcher said.
After half time the girls got pumped heading into the third, ready to put the game out of reach. The third quarter was their best quarter, shutting down Roger City and not letting them score any points while scoring 9 points. The lead at the end of three quarters was 29-15.
Towards the end of the game, both teams were running into foul trouble with Katie Byrne fouling out with 3:47 left in the game and Lexi Passino not far behind with 4. Roger City was scrappy at times, pushing back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to only seven at one point.
“I think we could have handled the ball better, and we were sloppy at times,” junior Sydney DePauw said.
Entering in the last quarter, the girls struggled and encountered their worst quarter by letting Roger City out score them 11 to 7. The girls were getting out rebounded on both ends of the court, unable to contain the Huron’s center Taylor Flemming. The team finished had 33 rebounds with Lexi Brendly leading with 9 and Mara Clancy and Passino both with 6.
In the end, the girls handed Rogers City their first loss 36-27.