NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo High School girls basketball team was in control from start to finish during a Feb. 14 game against Lake Michigan Catholic.
The host Bison had built a 15-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and out-scored the Lakers 16-5 in the third period en-route to a convincing 52-21 victory.
Coach Curtis Brewster noted that the Bison have struggled in the third quarter at times this season, but not this time.
“We finally ended up being a third-quarter team,” he said. “We had balanced scoring, they played really well.”
Mary Mayer tallied five of New Buffalo’s first-quarter points while Abby Vitale and Olivia Haskins each scored four points.
Vitale and Haskins accounted for all of the home team’s second-stanza points (four apiece) to leave the half-time score 23-11.
Consecutive baskets by Elena Proos of LMC (the second a three-pointer) cut the NB lead to 25-16. New Buffalo answered by finishing the third quarter on a 14-0 run (Haskins scored six of the points while Nadia Collins had four of them).
The Bison carried a 39-16 advantage into the fourth period, and went on to out-score the Lakers 13-5.
Fans in the New Buffalo student section avid signs for Bison players during the game. The one supporting Haskins prophetically read: “I adore 4: you know she’s going to score.”
The senior ended up leading all scorers with 16 points.
“We played through all four quarters, we didn’t give up,” she said.
Teammate Alilyn Purcell noted that the Bison did a much better job of dealing with LMC’s pressing defense than they did the first time the two squads played (a narrow victory for New Buffalo).
Four New Buffalo players reached double figures (Vitale had 13 points, Mayer tallied 11 points and Collins finished with 10 points).
Proos paced LMC with 6 points.
River Valley 42 Michigan Lutheran 41
ST. JOSEPH — River Valley handed the Titans their first BCS White Division loss of the season on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The visiting Mustangs led 35-27 after three quarters, and held on to prevail 42-41.
Taylor Volstorf scored 18 points for RV while Haizea Ruiz scored 11.
No Michigan Lutheran player reached double figures in scoring. Mara Rugen paced the Titans with 9 points.