BRETHREN — When the shots don’t fall, it’s pretty hard to win a basketball game. That’s what happened to Mason County Eastern’s girls basketball team in Thursday night’s 39-24 loss to Brethren on the road in the Western Michigan D League.

It wasn’t that the Cardinals were making poor shot selections. The majority of their attempts head coach Jake Smith couldn’t fault them for.

They just would not go in.

“We had a halftime lead, then came out and just could not get a shot to fall for us in the second half,” Smith said. “We only made one actual bucket in the second half.

“They came out hot in the second half, we withstood that and it was still a two-point game after the third quarter. Their shots were falling for them, and ours weren’t. We were shooting 3’s to try to get back into it.”

Eastern was outscored, 8-5 in the first quarter but edged the Bobcats, 7-6 in the second to take a 14-12 deficit into the halftime break.

The two teams each scored 10 points in the third period, which left the Cardinals looking at a 24-22 deficit going into the fourth quarter. Brethren outscored the Cardinals, 15-4 in the final period.

Eastern fell to 7-6 overall and 7-5 in the league. The Cardinals next are scheduled to see action Friday hosting Elk Rapids in a non-conference game.