February 10, 2016

SSC girls win in a game of cat-and-mouse

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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GLADWIN — In a game of runs, the Standish-Sterling girls’ basketball team made one that was just big enough to be the difference in a 61-52 victory over Gladwin.

The Panthers outscored the Flying G's 35-11 in the first and third quarters, while Gladwin held a 41-28 edge in the second and fourth periods.

"It was a weird game," said SSC coach Kevin King. "We took a big lead, they fought back, we took a big lead again (and) they fought back again.

"It was a game of momentum, kind of sloppy with a lot of turnovers. Bottom line, we played well enough to win."

SSC led 26-25 at the half, then scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and went on a 21-6 run to lead 47-31 heading into the fourth. Gladwin came back to make it interesting.

Abbye Gulvas led the Panthers (7-6) with 23 points; with Kayla Hilyard adding 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Emily Meschke added six assists and four steals, Ellen Walderzak had five rebounds and Ashlyn Gulvas had four assists.

Gladwin (9-5) was paced by Ashlee Johnson with 17 points, Melanie Smalley with 14 and Britni Balzer with 11.

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