On February 26, Inland Lakes traveled over to Harbor Springs to play their first round in districts. Inland Lakes fought against the rams the entire night but in the end it was the bulldogs who wanted it more and won, with a final score of 44-39 bulldogs. This was the first district game that coach Pat Clancy and coach Mark Brendly had won since they had started coaching girls basketball.
Starting the first quarter the girls knew they had a pretty good chance at taking home a district win. The girls started out in their one-three-one zone defense and started out with their normal offensive plays. Harbor Springs had an off night and struggled to make their buckets in the first quarter but had caught up to the bulldogs lead and took it from them. The bulldogs scored 10 points while the rams were able to make 12 points. Mara Clancy was given the award of player of the game while playing the Harbor Springs.
Entering the second half the bulldogs started to work with each other on defence and later started to get a system down for harbors offense. The girls had 26 rebounds and leading the team in rebounds was Hailey Shank with 7 rebound and Tyra Fletcher and Lexi Brendly had 5 rebounds each. The bulldogs struggled to get the lead back in the second quarter and scored 10 more points while Harbor Springs added 13 more points.The girls started to adjust to harbors offense and slowly began to communicate. Ending the first half the rams in the 25-20.
Recovering from the second quarter the bulldogs tried to keep up while missing senior guard Lexi, who was injured before half time. She later recovered and joined the girls back on the court during the third quarter. The bulldogs controlled the ball well against the rams and only had 16 turn overs and 13 personla fouls. Mara and Sydney DePauw had 3 fouls each and Hailey and Tyra had 2 each. The girls like normal switched things up in the third quarter and kept going back and fourth from full court man to man defesne and their one-three-one zone defense. Ending the third quarter rams still in the lead 36-29.
Heading into the last quarter the girls realize that, it was their last chance to win a district game and was determined to play at their best abilities. The fourth quarter of the game was the best quarter that was played by the bulldogs. The girls were really coming together as a team and stepped up their defense with only letting harbor gain 3 points while the bulldogs added 15 to their score. The top scorers of the night was Mara with 23 points, Lexi with 7 and Tyra Fletcher with 6 for the team. With hard work and dedication the girls won their first district game as a team with the final score of 44-39 them.
The next game is on Feb. 28th home against Manistique at 6 o’clock.