Constantine erased a 16-point hole to earn a 51-45 overtime win at White Pigeon in their girls basketball season opener. The Chiefs entered the fourth quarter with a 38-25 advantage, but a 16-3 fourth quarter from the Falcons sent the game to overtime.
“Our game this evening had nothing to do with stats, it was a complete team effort,” said Constantine head coach Rachel Schlosser.
“We lost a really tough competitive game tonight,” said White Pigeon head coach Brooke McClure. “We played a really good first three quarters and then we ran out of steam the last quarter and overtime.”
Constantine’s Haylie Wilson scored 17 points in her varsity debut, followed closely by Hannah Outlaw’s 15 points. For White Pigeon, Claycee West had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Rainie Atherton added 13 points.
“Claycee is an extremely talented player and we had to constantly adjust to their offense,” noted Schlosser. “We aren’t used to playing against zone defense and certainly don’t like it. However, foul trouble and game situations forced us to play against and play a zone. I think my girls did a great job of adjusting and although it took some time, we did what we had to do.”
“Leah Dumm had to guard Claycee and made crucial defensive plays and that may not show on stats but she was a huge reason we walked away with the win,” added Schlosser. “Haylie and Hannah stepped up big in the second half offensively.:
“I am proud of how some of our girls stepped up and due to injuries had to play a lot of minutes,” added McClure. “I am frustrated with the loss, but this game will be a huge learning tool for us to get better.”
White Pigeon heads to River Valley next on Monday. Constantine holds their home opener Friday against Gobles.
White Pigeon Statistics
Ashley DeLarye 1 point, 7 rebounds
Claycee West 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
Rainie Atherton 13 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal
Paige Brown 1 rebound, 1 assist
Reyna Fielis 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Hannah Freedline 9 points, 5 rebounds
Ryliegh Bigelow 3 rebounds
Este Castro 1 rebound
Haylie Wilson 17 points
Hannah Outlaw 15 points
Madellyn Cullifer 9 points
Leah Dumm 6 points
Sydney Balcom 4 points