BUCKLEY — Still struggling with illness and missing multiple players for Monday night’s non-conference game at Buckley, the Pentwater girls basketball team dropped a 52-14 decision to the Bears.
Pentwater trailed, 15-5 at the end of the first quarter and were outscored, 12-5 in the second to go into the locker room at half with a 27-10 deficit.
The Falcons were outscored, 25-4 in the second half.
“I was proud of the girls effort tonight,” said Pentwater head coach Joe Gorton. “We actually got a lot of looks that we wanted, broke the press effectively, and got to the free throw line.
“Where we struggled was finishing those opportunities. Poor free throw shooting, missed bunnies (layups) and unforced errors doomed us.
“The officials let the girls play, and we weren’t in the best condition to be able to handle that physicality tonight. If we are able to get enough girls we are scheduled to visit White Cloud (Tuesday).”
Mackenna Hasil played a solid game defensively, getting most, if not all, of Buckley’s post players in foul trouble and the Bears substantially outsized the Falcons.
Samantha Schaefer was another contributor, causing a lot of issues defensively and got after the boards along with Hasil.
The Falcons fell to 2-5 on the season with their second straight loss. Pentwater is next scheduled to play Tuesday night at White Cloud in a non-league game.