PENTWATER — One starter was home with COVID, and two others went down in the first two minutes of the game so Pentwater girls basketball coach Joe Gorton had to do some reshuffling of the lineup Friday night.

Gorton was down to six players, and just tried to survive with an unorthodox lineup with no real reserves. But, the Falcons overcame the adversity for a 37-17 victory over Bear Lake in a Western Michigan D League game.

Mikaylyn Kenney hit her head on the court, and then Sam Schaefer tweaked an ankle. It was not the best way to start the game for the Falcons.

“It was just sort of survival tonight,” Pentwater head coach Joe Gorton said. “Jocelyn Richison stepped up and was able to hit some big shots.

“Early in the game, my guard play, Jocelyn and Haiden (Adams) did a really great job defensive at the top of our zone. They really caused a lot of havoc, and allowed us to get into transition.

“Then, we just kind of held on for dear life after that. I’m really proud of them.”

Despite all the upheaval early on, the Falcons were able to build a 16-6 lead on the Lakers after the first quarter. Pentwater had a 3-0 edge in the second for a 19-6 lead at the half.

Bear Lake put up more of a fight in the third quarter, but the Falcons outscored them, 7-5 in the period to boost their advantage to a 26-11 lead entering the fourth quarter. Pentwater outscored Bear Lake, 11-6 over the final eight minutes.

Richison finished the night with 20 points, including two 3-point makes, as well as six steals to lead the Falcons, while Adams contribute seven, Madelyn Green and MacKenna Hasil each had four points. Hasil also had seven rebounds, and Green had four steals.

Pentwater moved its record to 2-10 overall and 2-8 in the WMD with the win. The Falcons are next scheduled to see action at home Thursday against Big Rapids Crossroads Academy.