LUDINGTON — Ludington struggled against the Cadillac defense all night, and couldn’t find its shooting touch in a 52-30 non-conference loss to the Vikings at home Tuesday night which snapped a four-game winning streak.
The Orioles really hit rock bottom in the second quarter when they scored just two points, while the Vikings (8-3) dropped in 12 and went into halftime holding a 30-14 cushion. Cadillac outscored Ludington in the first quarter, 18-12.
Although they broke even with the Vikings in the third quarter, as each team scored eight points, it didn’t gain the Orioles any ground as they trailed, 38-22 heading into the fourth period. Cadillac closed out the game with a 12-8 run in the final eight minutes.
“Cadillac dominated with their half-court defense,” Ludington head coach Thad Shank said. “We struggled putting the ball in the basket.
“But, hat’s off to Cadillac for their defense. Everything was contested. The game was even towards the end of the first at 12-12, and then Cadillac outscored us 18-2 over the next 10 minutes.”
Ludington was led in scoring by Peyton LaCombe with 18 points, while David Shillinger added nine.
Cadillac’s high scorer was Cole Jenema with 16 points, and Jaden Montague contributed 11.
The Orioles dropped to 6-5 overall and are next scheduled to see action Friday night on the road at Western Michigan Christian in the Lakes 8 Activities Conference.