WALKERVILLE — The Pentwater Falcons overcame a sluggish start on Thursday night and topped Walkerville 34-23 in a West Michigan D girls basketball game.

It was the season opener for the Falcons, while the Wildcats had played a game earlier in the week, and it showed early when Pentwater couldn’t hit its shots.

“We consistently got the looks we wanted, but just could not cash them in,” said Pentwater coach Joe Gorton. “After an uneventful first quarter, we finally were able to get a little bit going in the second.

“Our posts, Mackenna Hasil and Mandi Sayles, kind of took over a bit and gave us a little boost. I thought we would be cruising into halftime, but Walkerville hit two big shots right at the end of the quarter that made it a bit too close for comfort.”

Aubrie Adams came alive in the third quarter, though, and made some big shots and the Falcons shut down the Wildcats in the fourth quarter and pulled away.

Hasil finished the game with 10 points to lead the Falcons, while Adams and Sam Schaefer each had eight. Sayles and Charlie Swanger chipped in four each.

Pentwater recovered from a 6-2 deficit at the end of the first quarter to outscore the Wildcats, 9-6 in the second and take an 11-8 lead into the half.

The Falcons had an 11-10 edge in the third, which gave them a narrow 22-18 lead going into the fourth and then finished with a 12-5 edge.

Nakayasu had a game-high 14 points for the Wildcats.

Pentwater is 1-0 with three games scheduled next week, beginning with Monday’s non-league home opener against Fruitport Calvary Christian.

Walkerville takes its 0-1 record into Friday night’s league game at home with Bear Lake.