Tawas Braves prove too much in Bobcats’ season opener
The Houghton Lake High School varsity basketball team had no answer for Tawas in the Bobcats’ 71-26 season opener loss Nov. 26 at Tawas.
Houghton Lake struggled in the first quarter scoring just two points while it was a scoring frenzy for the Braves who scored 29 points.
Tawas extended its lead in the second quarter outscoring Houghton Lake 19-11 to take a 48-13 lead into halftime.
“Our young players did not come out well,” Houghton Lake Coach Angie Dalak said. She noted that part of the lack of scoring came from it being the first game at the varsity level for many of her players.
She added that the defense lacked energy.
Tawas continued its offensive showcase in the third quarter scoring 12 more points while the Braves defense held the ’Cats to just five points.
In the final stanza, Tawas outscored Houghton Lake 11-8 to win the game by a final tally of 71-26.
“They [Tawas] ran the ball really well,” Dalak said. “They were great at shooting the three.”
Leading the Bobcats was senior Maddee Winkler who had a double-double performance scoring 18 points and bringing down 10 rebounds. She shot 10-of-18 (55.6%) from the free-throw line.
“She [Winkler] worked so hard in the paint,” Coach Dalak said. “She is a strong girl who can jump out of the gym.”
Other leading scorers included freshman Callee Akin who scored four points and freshman Hailee Akin and sophomore Gillian Carroll who both scored two points.
Others bringing down boards included Callee Akin who had seven rebounds, junior Christina Penfield who had six rebounds and Hailee Akin who had five.
The Braves were led by Ivy Schaaf who had 20 points. Two others scored in double-digits including Serina Sciotti (13 points) and Jenna Szostak (11).
The Bobcats will open Jack Pine Conference play at home tomorrow (Friday) night against defending JPC champions, Clare.
“Clare will be tough,” Dalak said. “We will play hard and try and make improvements from the Tawas game.”
The Bobcats and Pioneers are set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. at HLHS.