BIG RAPIDS 57, LAKEVIEW 39
Big Rapids 18 11 12 16 — 57
Lakeview 0 7 23 9 — 39
BIG RAPIDS (15-3) — Totten 0 0-2 0, Nonhoff 3 2-4 8, Baumunk 5 5-9 18, Chaney 1 2-4 4, Hayes 0 1-4 1, Folkema 5 0-2 12, Woodworth 2 0-0 4, Enszer 3 2-2 8, Weaver 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 12-27 57. Three-point goals: Baumunk 3, Folkema 2. Fouled out: None.
LAKEVIEW (13-6) — Henry 1 0-2 2, Leach 4 5-6 13, Lindsey 1 1-2 3, King 4 4-4 14, Molitor 1 2-2 5, Lint 0 0-2 0, Jaquays 1 0-2 2. Totals: 12 11-16 39. Three-point goals: King 2, Molitor. Fouled out: King, Lindsey.
The Big Rapids Cardinals jumped to an 18-0 first quarter lead and went on to defeat the Wildcats 59-37 at home on Tuesday night.
“The kids have to motivate themselves. I told them that in the lockerroom at halftime,” Lakeview coach Corey Kohler said. “It was very disappointing. We knew we could play with that team and we showed it in the second half.
“But you can’t wait until the third quarter to start playing against a decent team,” he added.
The Cardinals’ offense was just as spectacular, as their defense, as they came out and hit four first quarter three-pointers.
“Our press was pretty effective, which kind of scrambles things up,” Big Rapids coach Jessica Haist said. “(Cameron) Baumunk and (Alex) Folkema were huge at the beginning. They hit some big shots and got us off to the quick start.”
Baumunk and Folkema each hit two three-pointers in the first quarter.
The Wildcats got on the board with a layup by senior Alex King to make the score 19-2. Big Rapids outscored the Wildcats 11-7 in the second quarter for a 29-7 advantage at the half.
Lakeview came out of the half a different team. With the expected energy the Wildcats outscored Big Rapids 23-12 to get back into the game. They trailed 41-30 after three quarters.
“We didn’t change anything Xs and Os wise, we just played harder,” Kohler said. “We had players not ready to go tonight. I was proud of them for playing hard in the second half. We made it a game.”
For Big Rapids, they found it tough to keep up the first half intensity.
“We have a hard time doing that,” Haist said of the intensity. “We talk a lot about staying consistent despite what the score is. We have to do the same things, but we have a hard time hanging on to the intensity.”
Lakeview trimmed the lead to 10 points, but the Cardinals went on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.
“It seemed like we went cold and they hit shots right away,” Kohler said. “I thought Jessica (Haist) did a nice job of changing defenses late in the game and that threw us off a little bit offensively.”
Baumunk finished with a game-high 18 points while Folkema had 12 points.
King led the Wildcats with 14 points. Megan Leach added 13 points for Lakeview.
“We are still young yet and learning,” Kohler said. “Hopefully, we don’t do this in the tournament or we go home.”
Big Rapids improved to 15-3 overall and will host Cadillac today.
The Wildcats fell to 13-6 overall.
Lakeview will travel to Reed City to wrap up the regular season. They face Chippewa Hills at Tri County on Monday to start the district basketball tournament.