The Watervliet Lady Panthers traveled to Saugatuck on Tuesday to play a tough Lady Indians team that was in third place in the SAC Lakeshore division. Saugatuck is known for being one of the most difficult places to play over the years. The Lady Panthers trailed 9-6 after the first quarter, having trouble finding their offensive rhythm and allowing too many second chance baskets. However, Watervliet turned up the defensive pressure the rest of the way, causing several deflections that led to turnovers. The Panthers also found their groove offensively, scoring from inside, outside, and in transition to take a 23-17 halftime lead.
The Lady Panthers came out of the locker room after halftime and played even tougher defense, not allowing Saugatuck to score any points in the third quarter. The Lady Panthers led by as much as 24 points in the 4th quarter and cruised to a 44-27 victory.
Jaelyn Pitre found her shooting touch, scoring 15 points and also adding 4 steals. Ariana Rowe chipped in 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Elaine Koshar and Celina Klimkiewicz provided great minutes off the bench. Koshar scored 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, while Klimkiewicz scored 3 points, had 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Both girls also made several hustle plays on the night, with Klimkiewicz making a highlight drive and dish to Kara Liles for a layup.
The Lady Panthers are now 8-1 in their division and 10-4 overall. They face another tough test on Friday when they host their rivals, the Coloma Lady Comets.
Kara Liles 5 points, 5 rebounds
Zoe Smith 3 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds
Madalyn Hutchins 2 points, 4 rebounds