BEAR LAKE — Injuries and illness made Pentwater coach Joe Gorton a bit anxious heading into Thursday night’s game against Bear Lake.
Two key players were less than 100 percent, one of which also is coming off an ankle sprain.
However, Pentwater’s younger players stepped up big for the Falcons, who stunned the Lakers 48-34 in a West Michigan D League game.
Eighth grader Ava Johnson helped kick-start the Falcons in the opening quarter with five points and Jocylen Richison also netted five as the Falcons led 12-4 after one quarter.
The Falcons outscored the Lakers, 13-8, in the second quarter as freshman Aubrie Adams scored five points and Richison and Johnson each hit 3-pointers. That staked Pentwater to a 25-16 halftime lead.
Adams knocked down back-to-back 3-point shots in the third quarter and the Falcons nailed down an 11-8 advantage to build a 36-24 lead. Bear Lake had a 14-12 edge in the fourth quarter.
Pentwater was led by Adams, who scored 14 points and had two steals. Richison added 10 points and picked off six steals, while Johnson chipped in with nine points and two blocks.
Pentwater (6-10, 4-8) will travel to Big Rapids Crossroads Academy on Tuesday night.