Pinny girls suffer tough loss at Tawas
TAWAS — Tawas Area has had Ogemaw Heights on its heels for most of the North East Michigan Conference title chase, but on Friday gave no indication of looking over their shoulder — or looking ahead, for that matter.
The Braves blasted out to a 30-4 lead early in the second quarter, and after Pinconning tried to make a game of it, dominated the second half and took a 77-34 home court victory on Friday.
Tawas has been ranked in or near the top 10 teams in the state all season and looked it for most of the game. Pinconning had no answer for 6'3" center Rachel Adaline, who scored 31 points despite playing for just over a half.
The Spartans finished the first half on a 20-12 run with Adaline on the bench to pull within 42-24 at the half. Jessica Vidalez and Nicole Sanford each had a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter for Pinny.
"I wasn't happy with giving up 20 points in the second quarter," said Tawas coach Todd Kaems. "We'd done a good job on Vidalez and all of a sudden scores 10 points.
"But I was kind of glad that happened. It's hard to be upset about anything at halftime when it's 30-4."
After the teams traded free throws early in the second half, Lauren Pilot's basket cut the Tawas lead to 43-27. But from there it took just three minutes to Tawas to run off a 19-2 run, with Adaline getting nine points inside, Gina Gerow hitting three free throws and a 3-pointer to lead the charge.
The Braves led 68-34 after three quarters and played most of the fourth quarter under a running clock.
Gerow added 14 points and Molly Stoll 11 as Tawas improved to 12-2 (6-0 NEMC).
Vidalez scored 14 and Pilot had nine for Pinny (4-10, 1-5).