Lady Ramblers top BC, fall to Frankfort

February 7, 2019

By Aaron Michell

Like many local teams these past few weeks, the McBain girls’ basketball squad went 14 days without a game on the schedule due to the weather.

And after removing some first half rust, the Lady Ramblers put another win in the column, topping the host Beal City Aggies, 52-38.

After falling behind 15-7 early, the Ramblers ended the first half on a 14-3 run, thanks in large part to the sharpshooting of Emma Schierbeek.

“Emma hit some threes, which opened things in their tightly packed zone up,” said McBain coach Drew Bronkema. “We started out flat, but the girls responded well after our slow start.”

Taking a 21-18 lead into halftime, McBain slowly put the game out of reach for the Aggies in the second half by getting second-chance buckets, and defensive stops.

“We crashed the boards well as a team,” Bronkema said. “It was really good to get back into game shape again.

Schierbeek led the Ramblers with 13 points. Klaudia O’Malley and Brianna VanHouten added 10 apiece.

McBain took to the road on Monday, falling to a tough Frankfort team, 51-44.

This time around, the Ramblers recovered from a slow start, getting a big boost from their bench, but foul trouble – allowing Frankfort to shoot over 40 free throws – proved too costly.

“Without having school or a practice day of preparation, we got off to another slow start,” said Bronkema. “As a team, we’ve got to get off to better starts. Our starters got into heavy foul trouble throughout the first half, and the rest of the game. But our bench unit came in and not only held their own, but helped us take the lead into halftime.”

McBain led 24-18 at the half.

Although Bronkema was happy with his team’s effort and energy, the second half foul trouble and free points for the Panthers doomed the Ramblers.

“We need to be able to play more as a collective unit,” Bronkema said. “And we have to learn to play defense without fouling, as we gave them over 40 free throws in the game.”

Olyvia Nederhood led McBain scorers with 9 points. Couper Agema and Ashley Schierbeck added 8 apiece.

McBain will look to get back in the winning column when the travel to Pine River on Friday.

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