The Three Rivers girls basketball team, which has been ravaged by injuries to key players, needed something good to happen as the season resumed Tuesday at Allegan.
With Arionne Fowlkes and Aislyn Sternbergh both out for the rest of the year with knee injuries that required surgery, the Wildcats pressed on for a 47-35 Wolverine Conference victory.
Hadley Miller carried the offensive load with a 17-point night that included 12 rebounds. Izzy Taylor posted seven points and seven boards, and both Erin Brady and Kali Heivilin scored six points for Three Rivers, which shot 29 percent from the floor (14-of-48) and 60 percent (3-of-5) from the free throw line.
“Good win for us coming out of break,” Three Rivers coach Jason Bingaman said. “Allegan is always a tough place for us to play and we came out and shot the ball very well in the first half and played great half-court defense.
“Erin Brady, Tessa Hawkins and Hadley Miller all hit 3s for us in the first quarter to help us to our lead (15-3). We had contributions from a lot of players tonight and that will have to continue for us to be successful. From a conditioning perspective, we didn’t play much of our trapping game so being able to win a half-court game will be big for us down the road.”
Hawkins finished with five points, four assists and a steal, Alivia Knapp had four points, and Alaina Abnet and Jessica Barnes hit foul shots. Miller also logged three assists and four steals.
Three Rivers had a 27-8 halftime lead before Allegan trimmed the deficit to 10 points at the end of the third quarter.
Annika Hansen led Allegan with 10 points.