HESPERIA – The White Cloud girls basketball team shook off a sluggish first half to post a 40-9 rout over Hesperia on Monday.

Both teams were slow out of the gate as the Indians led just 17-7 at halftime. The second half was much better.

“We played much faster and more aggressive after intermission, and that was what we were looking for,” said White Cloud coach Caleb Wilk. “It was nice to get everyone substantial playing time, and almost everyone scored for us tonight.”

Annie Feldpausch and Jaden Gomez led the Indians with nine points apiece. Gracy Holmes scored seven points and Payten Bird chipped in five points.

“This game gets us back on track, and we hope to use the second half of tonight’s game as a springboard going into our conference matchup on Friday,” said Wilk. “We are around the halfway point of the season and it feels like we continue to build in every game we play.”

White Cloud (5-6, 1-2) will be at home on Friday against Chippewa Hills for a CSAA contest.

Hesperia (1-7, 0-5) will play host to Mason County Eastern on Thursday.