Pine River falls to Morley Stanwood
LEROY -- Morley Stanwood opened a girls basketball season of high expectations with a 39-23 non-league win over a rebuilding Pine River squad on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The Mohawks dominated from start to finish.
"We came out of the gate strong tonight," Mohawk coach Rob Brauher said. "We had a good first half. We had a nice lead. I think we got lax in the second half."
It was a slow offensive start for both teams, but the Mohawks, fueled by a putback from Brooke Brauher late in the first quarter, built a 10-0 lead and led 12-0 going into the second.
The Bucks hit two free throws during the second quarter and didn't score until a Kendra Montague free throw made it 16-1.
Malorie Bialek scored to give the Mohawks a 25-2 lead late in the half.
Just before the half ended, Daria Lindquist hit a baseliner for Pine River's first field goal of the game. It was 26-5 at halftime.
The Mohawks continued to dominate in the second half and led 33-9 at 4:44 when Brauher scored inside.
Havannah Wagner scored off her own steal for the Bucks late in the third for a 34-13 score.
Brooke Brauher left the game with three minutes to play when her free throw made it 39-17.
"In the second half, I don't think we got the calls we felt we deserved," Rob Brauher said. "I know we're a better team than how we played in a lot of the game. We lost our focus. It was a good first win. It will come together. I'm confident of that."
Leading the Mohawks in scoring were Brooke Brauher with 14 points and Breanna Berry with 13. Pine River's Madi Sparks scored six points.
Morley Stanwood is coming off a district championship season while the Bucks were winless last year.
"Morley Stanwood is a good team," new Pine River coach Paula Justin said. "They're strong all around. We're young. We have to get more physical. We played better in the second half."
"We started off strong and worked together," Brooke Brauher said. "Our team chemistry was good. The second half, we got lax."