WALKERVILLE — Walkerville was playing shorthanded Wednesday when it hosted Pentwater in a Western Michigan D League contest.

But, that doesn’t take anything away from the Falcons outstanding defensive play in a 46-23 victory.

Pentwater got up on the Wildcats, 13-6 at the end of the first quarter and had a 9-4 scoring advantage in the second to build a 22-10 cushion at the half. The Falcons outscored the Wildcats, 16-4 in the third period and led, 38-14 going into the fourth stanza.

“We played an excellent defensive game tonight,” Falcons head coach Joe Gorton said. “I was incredibly proud of the way our girls brought the defensive energy. We were able to find transition, and create lots of turnovers, due to our defense.

Pentwater girls basketball coach Joe Gorton gives his Falcons some instructions on Wednesday evening as the visitors rolled over Walkerville 46-23 in girls basketball action. (Photo/Craig Beilfuss)

“Walkerville was playing shorthanded, so we knew we would be able to get some good looks offensively if we were patient. It took a bit of work, but finally the girls started to see the openings in the third quarter.”

Mikaylyn Kenney scored 15 points on 75 percent shooting from both the field and free throw line. Haidyn Adams also had 15 points for the Falcons.

Kenney also led the Falcons (1-1) with seven rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. Adams finished with six rebounds, four steals and one block.

Julie Sheehy had 10 points for the Wildcats, who fell to 0-2.

“I’m confident our offense could have kept clicking, but we gave our younger players some run in the fourth quarter,” Gorton said. “It’s always great to get that first win under our belts.”

Pentwater’s next game is Friday at home against Brethren in another WMD contest, while the Wildcats play at White Cloud.