WALKERTON — John Glenn’s boys hit the hardwood ready to play after the half. The Lady Falcons didn’t.
Glenn took a 29-23 lead into halftime but couldn’t hold on as the Lady Lions went on a 14-2 run to take a double-digit lead with 2:34 to go, then held on for a 53-44 win in the opener, while Glenn came alive after a bumpy 23-14 start in the first half of the boys game to surge past Bremen 49-38 Northern State Conference win on Homecoming Night at John Glenn.
Bremen 53, Glenn 44
Glenn grabbed a 29-23 halftime advantage on the strength of a 16-5 second frame, but the Falcons couldn’t keep the Lady Lions down, as Bremen capped off the game with a 20-9 fourth quarter in a game played in honor of recently passed longtime Glenn girls basketball coach Dan Hutton.
“They kept fighting and didn’t back down,” said Bremen girls basketball head coach Marty Huber. “This is a big game for us, really, and it’s in honor of a great man. I told the girls before the game “Dan wouldn’t have wanted it any other way than for you to play your butts off,’ and that’s what they did.”
Bremen’s man-to-man defense fared better than its box-and-one in the second half as the Falcons converted on only 3 of 19 from the field and gave up 14 turnovers after the break, compared to just five in the first half.
Jacy Borlik finished with a game-high 29 points and fellow senior guard Cayla Ochs tallied 11 for the night, but the duo was held to just 11 and two, respectively, in the third and fourth frames.
“In the first half when turnovers were made by the other team, we were able to pass and catch the ball without throwing it away, and we got the ball to shooters like Cayla (Ochs) and Jacy (Borlik),” said Glenn boss John Willoughby. “We were interested in getting the ball there. In the second half, it was five possessions before Jacy even touched it.
People who can shoot should shoot it, and that was the big change.”
Bremen saw balanced scoring from Kailee Feldman, Lerin Studt and Brooke Baker, who finished with 19, 14 and 11 points, respectively as the Lions improved to 6-8 overall with an even 2-2 NSC mark.
“I thought we started executing our offense better. We started doing fundamental things better, like coming off screens right and reading the defense... but I thought the whole key to the game in the second half was our defense. Our dumb coach went to a zone, and they were killing us. We went back to a man and switched people around a little bit.”
Glenn slid to 3-11 and 2-3 in the conference, meanwhile.
Willoughby was at a loss to explain his team’s second-half woes and he wasn’t explaining them away as distractions from either the loss of Hutton or homecoming.
“If it was a distraction, I would’ve thought it would’ve been there in the first half,” he said. “You’re still up for homecoming queen, you’re still minus head coach. We came out and wore purple ribbons and purple shoestrings and said ‘We’re really going to do this for Coach’, but if there’s a loose ball, hey, why don’t you go get it for Coach?”
• BREMEN 53,
JOHN GLENN 44
Score by quarters
Bremen: 17 23 33 53
Glenn: 13 29 35 44
BREMEN (53): Jenessa Morris 0, Brittney Pittman 4, Jenna Pfeiffer 4, Lerin Studt 14, Allison Shorter 2, Brooke Baker 11, Kailee Feldman 19, Hope Jordan 0; Totals: 13 18-35 53.
GLENN (44): Carah Ochs 0, Jacy Borlik 29, Cayla Ochs 11, Katie Dreessen 2, Dillyn Schleg 4, Sarah Traversa 0, Erin Patterson 2; Totals: 12 13-21 53.
3-point goals: Bremen 2 (Feldman 2), Glenn 2 (Borlik 2); Turnovers: Bremen 16, Glenn 19; Fouls (fouled out): Bremen 17 (none), Glenn 17 (none); Records: Bremen 6-8, 2-2 NSC; Glenn 3-11, 2-3 NSC.