STANTON — The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team keeps on winning.
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to 16 games on Thursday with a 54-29 win at Central Montcalm. That was about the only thing coach Dave King was happy with.
“It was ugly, an ugly game all around,” Lakeview coach Dave King said. “I thought we played soft. We were lazy at times. That was the message I had for the kids just now (postgame talk).”
Lakeview (16-2, 15-1) was never really challenged in the game against an undermanned Hornets team. The Hornets dressed just seven players for the “Hoops for a Cure” game. The game served as a fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes.
“Lakeview was just like we expected,” Hornets coach Kevin Everingham said. “They are really quick, hard to stop inside and we threw up a lot of quick shots and just missed a lot.”
The Wildcats held Central Montcalm (2-11, 2-9) to just one field goal in the first quarter as the opened with a 14-6 lead. Lauren Jaquays scored seven of her 13 points in the second quarter as the Wildcats led 33-15 at halftime.
Ashton Bohen scored seven points in the second quarter for the Hornets.
“We missed a lot of easy shots,” King said. “And we gave up way too many offensive rebounds. We got away with it because Central Montcalm missed some easy shots too.”
The third quarter was slow moving for both teams, as Lakeview outscored the Hornets 9-4 over the eight minutes. The final quarter saw the Wildcats outscore the Hornets 12-10 to finish with another win.
Everingham said there are plenty of things the Hornets could be doing better, but did move the ball around better on Thursday.
“We definitely are moving the ball around better,” Everingham said. “A lot better than have been. We have been trying to spread it out. We have the tendency to try and force it down the middle.”
As for Lakeview, King thought his team was looking past their longtime rival Central Montcalm.
“Without sounding arrogant, I think we knew we were a better team and beat them the first time,” he said. “I think we were looking past them, which is disgusting to me, especially in this rivalry. You can’t do that.”
Boehn led the Hornets with 11 points, while Savannah Case added 10 points.
Maddie Shurlow led the Wildcats with 15 points. Sadie Massie added 12 points. Jaquays grabbed nine rebounds, while Shurlow had eight and Becca Mathews seven boards.
Lakeview moved a step closer to clinching the CSAA title as Morley Stanwood (15-3, 13-3) lost to Chippewa Hills on Thursday. A win at home Monday against White Cloud would clinch the league championship.
But King said his team needs to improve their play before it bites them with a loss.
“We can’t keep playing this way. It’s going to sneak up and get us one of these times,” he said. “And we will get beat.”
Central Montcalm is at Reed City on Monday.
Lakeview 54, Central Montcalm 29
Lakeview 14 19 9 12 — 54
C. Montcalm 6 9 4 10 — 29
LAKEVIEW (16-2, 15-1) — Massie 6 0-0 12, Molitor 2 0-0 4, Nielsen 3 0-0 6, Jaquays 5 3-4 13, Wood 0 2-2 2, Mathews 1 0-0 2, Shurlow 7 1-1 15. Totals: 24 6-7 54. Three-point goals: None. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.
CENTRAL MONTCALM (2-13, 2-11) — Studley 2 1-2 5, Bohen 4 3-6 11, Christensen 1 1-2 3, Case 2 7-10 10. Totals: 9 11-20 29. Three-point goals: None. Total fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.