WHITEHOUSE — Bowling Green’s girls didn’t let a two-point first quarter deter them Friday night at Anthony Wayne.
Instead the Bobcats stayed the course, played good defense and made their free throws to rally for a 66-51 victory. BG out-scored AW, 47-28 in the second half.
“We really, really knew we had to put our head down and play,’’ said BG senior Haley Glandorff, who finished with a game-high 25 points. “Our coaches were telling us we needed to attack the basket. Our shots weren’t falling in the first quarter ... We couldn’t hit the ocean.
“Our mentality was that it was going to happen,’’ she added.
BG was only 1-of-14 from the field in the first quarter and AW held a 12-2 lead after eight minutes.
“We told them at the quarter break that we started as worse as we possibly could,’’ BG head coach Jeff Nichols said.
The Bobcats responded with a 17-point second quarter as Glandorff and Chelsey Morlock each hit a 3-pointer to jump-start BG’s offense.
“That gave us some confidence and we knew that momentum would keep us going,’’ Glandorff said about the two early baskets.
“We got good ball movement and got nothing but net threes and that kind of picked up the attitude a little bit,’’ Nichols said.
BG still trailed 23-19 at the break as Raechel McKay hit a jumper just before the buzzer for the Generals. Glandorff scored nine points in the second quarter.
Anthony Wayne continued to hold off BG in the third quarter, but the Bobcats finally took their first lead of the game on a Glandorff long-distance three to beat the buzzer.
Glandorff’s three was at least three feet beyond the 19-foot-9 3-point arc.
“I just knew the clock was running down, so I had to get a shot off. That was the only thing that was running through my mind,’’ Glandorff said. ‘‘It was a great pass from Chelsey and without that pass I wouldn’t had made that shot.’’
“The kids were believing, but when you hit the three and you get the lead, you see the faces perk up and the energy,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘I knew we were going to be in for a good fourth quarter.’’
Morlock scored 10 of her 15 points in the third quarter for the Bobcats.
The emotion of Glandorff’s triple carried over into the fourth quarter at both ends of the floor for the Bobcats.
BG limited AW to 13 points in the final quarter while the Bobcat offense produced 26 points, including a 16-of-21 effort from the free-throw line. Glandorff was 9-of-10 from the line in the final eight minutes.
“We played our man defense, but we wanted nose on the ball. That’s basically you have no help and you are denying,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘It started to get a little chippy and we got physical back and that made them (AW) not play the game they wanted to play.’’
The Bobcats effectively went with four guards on the court for large portions of the game.
The strategy paid dividends, especially at the free-throw line. BG was 20-of-28 from the line for the game with Glandorff going 10-of-11. Hanna Williford, Morlock and Reagan Morman combined to go 8-of-11 from the line.
“That’s a bad matchup for them (AW). When we can have the four guards who can score and handle the ball, it presents some matchup issues,’’ Nichols said.
In addition to the 40 points produced by Glandorff and Morlock, who each made three 3-pointers, Williford scored 10 points, all in the second half.
Sara Zankl led AW with 11 points.
BG is 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the NLL, while AW is 8-4, 4-3.
Anthony Wayne won the junior varsity game, 38-19.
BGHS 66, ANTHONY WAYNE 51
Glandorff, 3-3-10—25; Smith, 0-0—0; Dill, 2-2—6; Williford, 4-2—10; C. Morlock, 2-3-2—15; S. Morlock, 3-0—6; Morman, 0-4—4. TOTALS: 14-6-20—66.
McKay, 1-1-0—5; Bonivel, 3-1—7; Bedard, 1-1-0—5; Kreig, 0-2-2—8; Zankl, 5-1—11; Venglarcik, 2-2—6; Hood, 1-1—3; Cardinal, 0-1-0—3; Mitchell, 0-0—0; Allen, 0-1-0—3. TOTALS: 13-6-7—51.
BGHS 2 17 21 26 —66
AW 12 11 15 13 —51
Junior varsity: AW, 38-19.