Pine River girls fall to Morley Stanwood

MORLEY — Morley Stanwood fired out to a 16-2 advantage and rolled to a 65-47 non league girls basketball win over Pine River Monday night.

Mallory Raven and Shannon Thompson led the Mohawks (2-0) with 17 points apiece. Julie Justin had 19 points for Pine River (0-2).

Mikayla Thumser had three 3-pointers for the Mohawks in the first half and wound up with 11 points.

“I didn’t think we played very hard in the first half,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “I wasn’t real happy with our rebounding. All night we just stood and watched way too much. But (Morley Stanwood) is a veteran team. They have a lot of seniors. We’re young. We’ll get there.”

“We got off to a good start and we set the tone early,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said. “I thought our full-court pressure bothered them. We played at a quick pace. It was good to get off to a good start.”

The Mohawks built an early 16-2 lead. Justin hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter to help the Bucks cut their deficit to 18-11 going into the second.

But the Mohawks, with some effective offensive rebounding, took control again with a 10-2 advantage to open the second quarter. Raven drove full-court for a layup and the 36-20 lead late in the first half. Morley Stanwood continued to thrive on the offensive boards.

It was 39-21 at halftime. Raven and Shannon Thompson both had 10 first-half points for the visitors.

“I think getting right out and running to a six-point lead to start the game was really nice,” Mallory Raven said. “Then we kept pushing. We had a fast pace which led to some turnovers.”

Raven scored to open the second half for a 41-21 lead and Brooke Huested added a basket moments later for a 45-21 advantage. Justin hit two free throws with 3:26 left in the third and it was 49-27.

Marissa Frye had a cutback at the end of the third quarter for a 52-29 lead.

“The second half, I thought we got a little sloppy and turned the ball over too much,” Bob Raven said. “We have to take care of the ball if we’re going to be a good team.”

Logan Powell had a 3-pointer for Pine River to open the fourth but the Mohawks were up 52-32. Raven’s two free throws moments later gave the Mohawks a 22-point lead and Huested followed with a putback for a 56-34 advantage.

Thumser scored at 3:40 for a 61-39 Mohawk cushion.

“I have a veteran group,” Bob Raven said. “I have a lot of seniors, and a lot of leadership. You can’t use the excuse that we don’t know what we’re doing. We’ve been around for awhile.”

Powell added nine points and Kierra Justin eight for Pine River.

“We’re doing too many things wrong right now,” Ruppert said. “We’re not ready when the game starts. We have to be ready to go when the game starts.”

Pine River is home Dec. 15 against Beal City to open the Highland Conference season.