LE GRAND - The first act had an all too familiar feeling for the Mustangs.
Glimpses of great play, followed by languishing lapses.
The East Marshall girls basketball team switched the script in the second half Saturday, outscoring BGM 36-15 for their first victory of the season - a 57-40 triumph over the Bears.
T-R PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
East Marshall’s Katie Roseland pours in two of her game-high 16 points helping the Mustangs pull away for a 57-40 victory over BGM in Le Grand Saturday. Roseland led four Mustangs in double figures as East Marshall claimed its first win of the season.
"We've played well in spurts, but we put a whole game together (tonight) and a whole second half really well together," said East Marshall coach Darrin Nuese, who believed it was the first time his squad had scored in double digits for each quarter this season.
Trailing 28-21 early in the second half, the Mustangs (1-6) mounted an 8-0 run capped by a 3-point play from Katie Roseland to pull ahead by one. Roseland, who poured in a game-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, sparked the flurry with a bucket inside as the teams traded the lead twice before East Marshall blitzed ahead again.
Behind 32-29, Taylor Fricke hit two from the line to spark an 21-2 rush from the Mustangs who got their transition attack on track. Fricke, who tallied 14 points and eight boards, finished the run with two more free throws as the home team all but sealed the deal at 50-33 with 4:23 to play.
BGM (2-4) - Whitney Kline 0 0-0 0, Kayleen Beck 5 1-1 12, Becca Coover 0 0-0 0, Shianne Arp 0 0-0 0, Amber Hall 0 0-0 0, Jawny Thompson 6 1-2 14, Courtney Hawkins 0 1-3 1, Alyssa King 0 0-0 0, Sydney Rudd 2 0-0 4, Alex Kline 0 0-0 0, Jolissa Kriegel 3 2-2 8, Cierra Thompson 0 1-2 1. TOTALS 16 6-10 40.
EAST MARSHALL (1-6) - Paige Miller 1 0-0 2, Madisen Hinegardner 0 0-0 0, Callie Roseland 1 0-0 2, Paige Flugge 0 0-0 0, Katie Roseland 5 6-9 16, Sophia Grego 0 0-0 0, Ashley Allen 6 1-2 13, Meriel Leavy 2 7-9 11, Taylor Fricke 4 6-8 14. TOTALS 19 19-27 57.
3-Point Goals - BGM 2 (Beck, Thompson).
Kaylen Beck hit a 3 to pull the Bears (2-4) within 14 but they couldn't draw any closer.
Switching back to its 2-3 zone that gave the Bears fits in the first half, the Mustangs fared much better against the BGM press, which didn't have the opportunity to set up nearly as much in the final 16 minutes.
"We switched a little bit to man (defense), which we hoped would help us on rebounding," said Nuese, whose squad gave up several offensive rebounds in the opening half.
"We decided to go back to our zone and let them show us that they can shoot outside. Once we got them sealed off and they couldn't get the ball in the middle, it gave us a lot of runouts."
The 2-3 zone helped East Marshall stage an 11-0 flourish spanning the first two quarters to claim a 16-9 advantage midway through the second frame. BGM countered with some full-court pressure and Kayleen Beck converted 3-point play in transition to cap an 8-0 rally from the Bears just two minutes later. The visitors outscored East Marshall 16-5 over the last 5 minutes of the half to carry a 25-21 cushion into the locker room.
Springing its transition game, the defensive switch after the half didn't hamper the Mustangs' efforts on the boards.
"We dominated the glass in the second half," said Nuese.
"I don't know if (BGM) got an offensive rebound."
The Mustangs also took advantage at the free throw line canning 19 of 27 attempts, while BGM made 6 of 10.
Ashley Allen added 13 points and five steals, while Meriel Leavy chipped in 11 points off the bench.
Jawny Thompson paced the Bears with 14 points and Beck had 12.
The Mustangs finish their three-game homestand against AGWSR (4-2, 3-0) Tuesday in an NICL West Division matchup.
The Mustangs are still without point guard Mariah Fritz, who rolled her left ankle against West Marshall in the season opener and isn't expected to return until after Christmas break.