2017-12-03 / Sports

Lady Hornets face tough test in season opener

New Lothrop’s varsity girls’ basketball team faced a tough test for its season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 28 – Class C state runner-up Pewamo-Westphalia. The Pirates posted a 59-36 win over the Hornets.

“P-W was a great challenge to start our season,” said New Lothrop coach Jim Perry. “They were Class C runner up last year, and brought back most of that team. I thought our girls fought tough and we can use this game to learn what it takes to be a championship team.”

The Pirates jumped out to a 19-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Hornets rallied for a 12-9 edge in the second to cut the lead to 28-21 at the half. P-W came out strong again in the third, putting the game out of a reach with a 21-11 advantage. The Pirates closed with a 10-4 margin in the fourth for the win.

“We got down early as they hit three threes to build a 19-5 lead, but we were able to cut the lead to seven at the half,” said Perry. “We had some bad turnovers against their pressure in the third quarter, and against a good team, they make you pay. We need to be better at the free throw line, but I thought we were aggressive and gave great effort all night. Credit P-W as they are a disciplined group and play tough defense.”

Caitlyn Bruff led the Hornets with 10 points, three steals and two rebounds. Samantha Kulhanek added nine points with three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Charleigh Birchmeier added five points with a team-high six rebounds. She also had two assists and a steal.

Alex Bedrosian, Sydney Pope and Brooke Wenzlick added four points apiece. Bedrosian also had two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Wenzlick had two rebounds, while Pope had an assist and a steal.

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