LAKEVIEW — For nearly three quarters, the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team had a case of the Mondays.
For a good portion of the game, Leroy Pine River out-rebounded the Wildcats. Lakeview turned the ball over far too many times and its lackadaisical effort allowed the Bucks to lead after each of the first three quarters. Luckily for the Wildcats, the game lasts four quarters.
Lakeview found momentum toward the end of the third quarter and carried it over into the fourth to rally for a 51-42 non-conference win on Monday at home.
“I thought the second half of the third (quarter) we showed some energy,” Lakeview coach Dave King said. “We had been playing better the last week and a half because we were playing hard. We had a awful practice yesterday and came out flatter than flat today. No legs, no energy, no fire and we were lucky to only be down five at halftime.”
Pine River led the Wildcats 35-32 in the fourth quarter when Rylee Nielsen started an 11-0 scoring run with three consecutive baskets. Maddie Shurlow followed with a basket and Delanie King with her second three-pointer of the quarter for a 43-35 advantage with 3:30 remaining.
Kassy Nelson drained a three-pointer, her fifth of the game, to pull the Bucks within 43-38. Sadie Massie answered with a three-pointer of her own, while Nielsen sank another basket to extend Lakeview’s lead to 48-38 with 1:46 left in the game.
Nielsen finished with 15 points.
“Rylee can shoot the ball, but she is just too tentative sometimes and nobody gives her any respect,” King said. “Hopefully, that gives her confidence to take a shot when it’s open.”
Massie led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Shurlow finished 10 points.
“We had a ton of turnovers, but the rebounding really upset me,” King said. “And we kept losing Kasey (Nelson). She is a great player, we game-planned specifically for her, but we lost her in the first half.”
Nelson finished with a game-high 20 points, which included 10 in the second quarter, as the Bucks led 22-17 at halftime. Lakeview scored just two points in the first quarter to trail 6-2 after the first eight minutes.
“We have Hesperia this week and they are down, but we have to play well,” King said. “We have Central Montcalm and the second half of our league schedule after that. This effort tonight will get us beat.”
Kirsten Johnson led Lakeview with 11 rebounds, while Massie had nine. Shurlow added nine assists and five steals.
Lakeview improved to 7-4 overall. The Wildcats travel to Hesperia on Thursday.
LAKEVIEW 51, LEROY PINE RIVER 42
Pine River 6 16 11 9 — 42
Lakeview 2 15 12 22 — 51
PINE RIVER — Johnson 1 0-0 2, J. Justin 2 2-2 6, Nelson 6 3-6 20, Rizor 4 2-2 10, Lindquist 1 0-0 2, K. Justin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 7-10 42. Three-point goals: Nelson 5. Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.
LAKEVIEW (7-4) — Massie 3 2-3 16, King 2 0-0 6, Nielsen 5 4-4 15, Johnson 1 2-3 4, Shurlow 4 0-0 10. Totals: 18 8-10 51. Three-point goals: Massie 2, King 2, Shurlow 2, King. Total fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.