STANTON — The Central Montcalm Green Hornets girls basketball team held close with the Big Rapids Cardinals for a half on Tuesday night.
Leading 28-25 at halftime, Big Rapids outscored the Hornets 20-8 in the third quarter and went on to a 55-40 win.
“The first half was pretty much neck and neck,” Central Montcalm coach Marty James said. “We were able to create some things with our pressure and they were able to do some things inside with No. 30 (Kendra Enszer).”
Enzer scored 11 points in the first quarter to lead the Cardinals. Her play underneath forced the Hornets into a different defense.
“We ended up with what is a gimmick defense for us,” James said. “We don’t really collapse and pressure two on the ball like that. With a girl her (Enszer) size we didn’t have anyone to match it.”
The Hornets trailed by just two at 31-29 when an intentional foul gave the Cardinals two free throws and the ball back. The four quick points was the beginning of an 11-0 run and a 42-29 advantage with three minutes remaining in the quarter.
“Minus that run in the third quarter it was a pretty even game,” James said. “But that’s how they win and that’s how we lose. When we play them again we just can’t let them run the floor.”
The outside shooting of Cameron Baumunk helped to lead the Cardinals. She finished the night with five three-pointer’s and 24 points.
The fourth quarter was even at 7-7.
Karli Clark led the Hornets with nine points. Michaela Crooks added seven points.
Enszer finished with 16 points for the Cardinals.
“I’m proud of our girls. They are starting to see things within our offense,” James said. “They are starting to run the floor better.”
The Hornets are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the CSAA. They travel to Hesperia Friday night in league play.