Inland Lakes traveled to Central Lake on Jan. 9, to play the mighty Trojans. The junior varsity won 27-21 while the varsity also took home the win 51-14.
In a quiet gym with very few fans to cheer them on, it was difficult for both teams to get pumped up. The varsity began their game very slowly, and the lack of energy showed in the sluggish start. Towards the end of the first quarter the score was 5-1 with the Bulldogs in the lead. They struggled to pull away and set up in their offense.
Throughout the first half the girls’ shooting percentage was around 25 percent, which was low for the team. The Bulldogs had a hard time making their shots and setting up their offensive plays. Heading into halftime the score was 16-4.
As the game continued the Bulldogs woke up and started thinking as a team. By working together, more points were added to the board.
The last quarter was the team’s best quarter – scoring 20 points and only allowing their opponents 5.
The varsity Bulldogs had 17 turnovers throughout the game, but a total of 35 rebounds on both ends of the court. There were 11 total assists with Vanessa Wandrie contributing 4 and Katie Byrne and Precious Delos Santos both adding 2 each.
The leading scorers were Mara Clancy with 15 points, Byrne with 10 and Lexi Passino with 7.
In the junior varsity game, the Bulldogs took the lead in the first quarter 8-6, and held onto that slim lead throughout the night.
“I was stoked that we won. We worked really well so I was happy that we won our second game of the season,” Jamie Vizina said.
Vizina led the team with 8 points, while Ava Hansel added 7 including a nice three pointer.
“Ava worked really hard with the varsity over Christmas break and the hard worked paid off,” coach Tim Morley said.
The Bulldogs next game is January 11, at home against Johannesburg Lewiston.