Plainwell’s Martyna Pioro drives around Allegan’s Antoinette Ware during the fourth quarter of the Trojans’ comeback win.

Big fourth quarter lifts Plainwell past Allegan

Jason Wesseldyk

Members of the Plainwell girls’ basketball team don’t literally have a target on their backs.
It just feels that way.
“I told the girls every team we play from here on out is going to be gunning for us,” Plainwell coach Tim Rieman said. “There’s not going to be an easy game the rest of the season. We’re going to get the other team’s best effort each and every time we step onto the court.”
The Trojans’ Wolverine Conference East contest with Allegan on Friday, Jan. 30, was a perfect example of that.
The Tigers maintained a one-point lead at the end of each of the first two quarters and had the score tied at the end of three periods before Plainwell went on a fourth-quarter run to pull away for the 47-35 win.
The victory keeps the Trojans unbeaten at 13-0 overall and 7-0 in divisional play. Allegan slipped to 4-9 overall and 1-6 in the Wolverine East.
“Give Allegan a lot of credit,” Rieman said. “They came in with a great game plan on the defensive end and they executed it very well. (First-year Allegan coach) Kelly (Archer) is doing a phenomenal job with that team. They’re playing so much better than the first time we played them.”
Two players did the bulk of the damage for the Trojans, with Sarah Morrell scoring a game-best 23 points and fellow senior Martyna Pioro adding 15.
“(The Trojans) have some very talented players over there,” Archer said. “But I think our girls took a huge step forward in this game. To play a team like Plainwell so close throughout the entire game really gives us a confidence boost.
“The girls aren’t real happy about it right now because they wanted to win and they’re upset we fell short. But it’s good they’re upset. It shows how much they care. And now they know they can play with a team like Plainwell.”
The Tigers, who were led by 15 points from Karlie Wells and got 11 more from C.C. Cerven, led 14-13 after one quarter and 22-21 at halftime. The third quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 30-30.

For full story, pick up a copy of the February 5 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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