Bulldogs jump out to big lead, cruise past rival Trojans
Plainwell girls’ basketball coach Tim Rieman is a realist.
He knows, after losing several key seniors from last season’s 23-1 squad, his team is in rebuilding mode. He also knows, despite the fact that Otsego also lost some good players to graduation and is a young team overall, the Bulldogs are not.
“We’re trying to take baby steps and (Otsego’s) trying to win a league title,” Rieman said.
Otsego took another step toward a potential league championship by improving to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the Wolverine Conference North with its 46-27 home win over Plainwell on Friday, Jan. 15.
“I think we played some of our best basketball tonight,” Otsego coach Tony Koshar said. “We had about an 8-to-10-minute span during the first half when we played as well as I’ve seen us play all season.”
That solid play helped stake the Bulldogs to a 27-9 halftime lead.
The second half was much closer, with Otsego holding a slim 19-18 scoring edge in the final two quarters. But that was more than enough to preserve the win.
“Coming into this season, we were kind of pegged as one of the favorites in the league,” Koshar said. “But we’re still a very young team, with two sophomores and a freshman in our starting lineup. I think maybe we started to believe the hype a little bit and that led to a few games where we didn’t play our best.
“But now the girls know they can’t just take wins for granted. We can’t just step on the court and expect to win. We have to play hard and earn the wins, which we did tonight.”
Erica Drobny led a balanced scoring attack for Otsego with 11 points, followed by Gracie VerHage with eight, Mattison Rayman and Jaycie Callaway with six each and Cayla Koshar with five.
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