Lady Braves continue strong start against SSC
Special to the Independent
TAWAS AREA — Tawas Area's strong early-season start continued on Friday, while Standish-Sterling's struggles against a string of tough opponents continued as the Braves pulled away on Friday in both teams' NEMC girls basketball opener.
Tawas held a 37-32 lead after three quarters despite losing point guard Audrey Thoryk to a wrist injury in the first half. Gina Gerow filled in, limiting the Braves' turnovers under duress while also scoring 14 points.
"Gina played well," Kaems said. "She got better as the game went on, and she had to do it on the fly.
"I'm not even sure how we pulled away in the fourth quarter. I looked up and we'd gone from up six to up 10 or 11. We just played real well defensively in the second half."
"The wheels just kind of fell off," said SSC coach Kevin King. "I thought we competed well, especially coming out to start the third quarter.
"Tawas has the top three players (as a group) in the league. Adaline is a great player, a real difference maker, and Molly Stoll does a super job, working hard and picking up those garbage points.
"Gerow has made some great strides, though. Last year she was pretty much a catch-and-shoot type of player, but with her ability to drive to the basket now she's really elevated her game."
Gerow, Adaline and Molly Stoll, who scored all but four of the Braves' points, did all of the Tawas scoring in the fourth quarter as they closed out the game on a 16-6 run.
Adaline finished with 22 points and Stoll had 12 as Tawas was able get most of its points from in the paint. The Braves didn't make a single 3-pointer.
SSC stayed in the game in the first half as Kayla Hilyard scored all of her 10 points.
"Kayla and Ashlyn Gulvas did a tremendous job against their post (players), especially in the first half," King said. "We learned some things to for the next time we play them."
Tawas improved to 4-0 (1-0 NEMC) and got the early leg up on the league title chase over the Panthers (0-4, 0-1), who still aim to challenge for the league crown despite their early-season struggles.
"We've played four great teams so far," King said. "We know what we need to focus on -- mainly offensive consistency. We're not scoring points, which is the number one key right now. It's hard to believe we haven't won a game yet, but we've competed and been right there with some very good teams. Really, all of our goals are still within reach, and we're a better team than where we started."
SSC hosts Oscoda on Wednes-day, while Tawas travels to Pinconning on Friday, Dec. 19.