The Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley girls’ basketball team opened the 2014-15 season with a road trip to Battle Lake Thursday night.
The Wolverines’ got off to a slow start. Six minutes into the game, C-G-B was 0-for-12 from the field and down 24-3 on the scoreboard.
“Battle Lake started in a 1-3-1 zone trap,” explained Wolverines’ head coach Torey Issendorf. “With the height advantage and the long arms it took us a few trips to figure out how to attack the zone.”
C-G-B finally through the first game jitters and played better over the last six minutes of the half.
“Freshman Callie Vold and junior Kendra Gilsdorf hit a couple shots to get us going,” Issendorf said.
The Battlers led 32-12 at haltime.
The Wolverines were unable to cut into that 20-point lead in the second half, but stuck with Battle Lake the entire half.
“The girls’ defensive pressure forced some turnovers and allowed us to capitalize with baskets in transition,” stated Issendorf.
The Battlers had just a slight scoring advantage in the second half (18-17) to make the final score 50-29.
“We struggled most of the night in our half court offensive sets, but with a new system in place it is going to take a few games for the girls to feel comfortable,” said Issendorf. “I was very happy with the hustle and fight we showed in the second half.”
Gilsdorf led the C-G-B with nine points and seven rebounds. Vold finished with eight points, including the Wolverines’ only three-pointer. Mikaela Bork added four points and six rebounds.
Maddie Merickel and Katie Rilla led Battle lake with 15 and 14 points respectively.