LUDINGTON — A balanced offensive attack was matched by a great defensive effort for the Ludington girls’ basketball team on Tuesday night.

That paved the way for a convincing 49-18 non-conference win over Montague.

The Orioles buried the Wildcats early and it only got worse as the night wore on.
“Our defensive effort led to a lot of transition buckets for us,” said Ludington coach Warren Stowe. “In the half-court, we did a good job of playing through Keelyn Laird, and as a result, our guards were able to get a lot of wide-open looks.
“Montague battled, they were down at least three starters with illness and injury.”
Ludington jumped on the Wildcats for an 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and rolled up a 15-2 advantage in the second period for a 26-7 halftime lead.
The Orioles’ offense slowed down in the third, but they were still able to outscore the Wildcats, 9-6, and headed into the fourth with a 35-13 cushion.
Laird finished with a 14 game-high points and Olivia Lynn added 10. Annie Kline and Emma McKinley added eight points apiece.
The Orioles (4-2, 3-0) travels to Whitehall on Friday night for a league game.
Montague (3-3, 2-1) hosts Fremont on Friday.