2017-02-16 / Sports

Bobcat offense unable to keep up with Gladwin

Houghton Lake’s offense couldn’t keep up with its defensive performance in a 47-24 varsity girls basketball loss to Jack Pine-leading Gladwin Tuesday night.

“Obviously it was a tough night for us offensively. I knew we would have to score in the mid 40s to compete tonight,” Bobcat Coach Greg Kauffman said. “Gladwin is an explosive team. They lead the league in scoring at roughly 53 per game.”

Kauffman said he went into the game with the mindset that if the Bobcats kept Gladwin under 50 points and controlled the league’s third leading scorer in Car­ley Hickey, they would be able to hang with them.

“We did both as we gave up 47 and Hickey only accounted for 10 points. It was a solid effort defensively by our team and also what a job by Kelli Ignat and Logan Ordiway in the middle. Car­ley Hickey is tough down there and they held their own,” Kauffman said. “Unfor­tunately our offense didn’t hold up their end of the deal as we were ice cold from start to finish shooting the ball.”

Houghton Lake’s offensive woes were evident from the beginning of the contest, trailing 16-5 after the first quar­ter. The Bobcats were down 28-12 at the half and 38-18 after three quarters.

“I am beginning to get the hint this team doesn’t approve of back-to-back games. We have had two back-to-backs this season and on the front end were av­eraging 63.5 points a game on the second night it’s 27.5,” Kauffman said.

Bridget Ripke led the Bobcats with seven points while Alexis Souder had six points, four steals and two assists, Lainey Meigs had five points, seven re­bounds and three steals, Lexi Blanchard with five points, four rebounds and three steals and Ellie Connett had one point and four rebounds.

“We also did a great job on the glass with Bridget Ripke, Logan Ordiway and Kelli Ignat grabbing eight apiece while Lainey Meigs grabbed 7,” Kauffman said.

“With just four games left in the regular season we must fine-tune some things as we close in on tournament time,” Kauffman said. “We will get back to work before we head to Roscommon [tonight (Thursday)] for a rematch of a highly contested game this past Mon­day.”

The Bobcats travel to Roscommon with a junior varsity contest beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game.

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