Coming off two wins at Central Lake Wednesday, the girls basketball teams hosted Ski Valley Conference foe Gaylord St. Mary on Friday.
In the junior varsity game, the Snowbirds jumped out to a big early lead as the Bulldogs came out flat. The first half ended at 8-32. The Bulldogs won third quarter, but still trailed 19-39. St. Mary’s pressure proved too much in the end, with a final of 21-53. Hannah Green led with 7 points while Sydney DePauw and Hailey Shank both added 6. Shank led all rebounders with 11.
In the varsity matchup, the Snowbird full court pressure disrupted the Lady Bulldogs all game, as the first quarter ended 7-15.
The early part of the second quarter saw Inland Lakes’ three varsity freshmen up top on the 3-2 zone, quickly cutting the lead to 10-17 two minutes in.
Defenses both held strong until St. Mary’s Averi Bebble hit a three from deep in the corner at 4:45 to stretch the lead to 10-20.
Lexi Brendley put back an offensive rebound to make it 12-20 at 2:44. The Bulldogs were in the double bonus at 2:17 when Katie Byrne added a free throw to make it 13-20.
St. Mary ran the clock down for the final shot of the first half, but the Bulldogs fouled with less than 3 seconds to go. Bebble retrieved her own long rebound after missing the second and was fouled. Alone on the court after the buzzer, she made both free throws to push the lead to 13-23 at the half.
The second half saw St. Mary ratchet up the full court man-to-man press, holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the third to take a commanding 13-39 lead going in to the final quarter.
Cloe Mallory was able to find a rhythm in the final quarter, finding space underneath for three post moves and layups. She led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Daisha Lubbers and Precious DeLos Santos each added a pair of free throws in the final minutes.
Final score: 25-58
The Lady Bulldogs are now 1-2 (1-1 in conference).