In its first outing of the season, the Three Rivers varsity girls basketball team paired a relentless defense with an offense that appeared to be in mid-season form. The end result was a 55-32 home victory Friday over Vicksburg in Wolverine Conference play.
Sophomore forward Hadley Miller dumped in 23 points on 71-percent shooting from the field to go with 10 rebounds to lead the Wildcats. Senior Izzy Taylor posted 10 points and eight boards, and junior Aislyn Sternbergh finished with six points, two rebounds and four steals.
“Our returners set the tone right off the bat for us defensively,” Three Rivers coach Jason Bingaman said. “Hadley was able to knock down some shots in rhythm and we were able to keep Vicksburg on their heels with our trap.
“I liked how tough we played and will be able to grow watching some film. It’s always great to get a win in your opener, especially Laing it the last few years along with it being a divisional game.”
Tessa Hawkins scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and added a team-high four assists. Kali Heivilin had four points, two assists and two rebounds, Arionne Fowlkes chipped in three points, three assists and a rebound, and Alivia Knapp and Alayna Abnet (three rebounds) both had two points. Brady knocked down a foul shot and secured a defensive rebound for the Wildcats.
Three Rivers outrebounded the Bulldogs 32-29 and forced 33 Vicksburg turnovers. As a team, the Wildcats were 20-for-46 (43 percent) from the floor and 14-for-24 (58 percent) from the foul line.
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