Despite making 10 3-pointers, the Bradford girls basketball team dropped a 54-43 non-conference decision to Waterford in a season opener at the Bradford Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils led at halftime, 27-26, but were outscored 28-16 in the second half.
Sydney Strelow made four 3s and led Bradford with 16 points and seven rebounds, Jordyn Brown also made four 3s and scored 14 points and freshman Paige Trachte added seven points in her first prep action.
Waterford’s Katie Rohner led all scorers with 17 points.
LG Badger 55, Indian Trail 34
The visiting Hawks battled back from an early 16-2 deficit, but the Badgers pulled away for the non-conference victory in Lake Geneva.
Lauren Johnson led Indian Trail with 12 points, followed by Jasani Williams with 10 and Maddie Kozel with five.
First-year coach Rob VanDyke was pleased with his team’s fight after the slow start, especially with the youth on his roster compared to Badger, which returned eight girls from a year ago.
“I think we had three freshmen suit up, several sophomores, some juniors and one senior,” he said. “I was really happy with how we played. They fought all game. I like our overall attitude and effort we had from the start.”
LC Lutheran 45, St. Joseph 37
The host Lancers trailed by just three points at halftime, but couldn’t quite get over the hump in first-year coach Jason Coker’s debut.
Elizabeth Alia led St. Joseph with nine points, followed by Katie Matrise and Alexis Mattox with seven apiece.
“Even though we fell short, we showed a lot of energy and improvement during the course of the game on both sides of the ball,” Coker said.
“That’s all I can ask for from our ladies in a season opener under a new system. There were a lot of positives to take away, which gives us some momentum in our preparation for Friday night.”
The Lancers are playing the season without junior Morgan Callahan, who averaged 14.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game last year. Callahan transferred, according to an email received by the News from St. Joseph athletic director David Witthun.
Mike Johnson and Dan Truttschel