Wildcats struggle with Eddies’ threes

Haley Hagen • couriersports@vineyardpress.biz
Natalie Foster (50) goes up high to claim a rebound for her Wildcats against the Edwardsburg Eddies. Haley Hagen photo

   MATTAWAN - The Mattawan girls’ basketball team hosted a tough Edwardsburg team this week. The Wildcats kept the game close, but were unable to stop the Eddies’ three-point shots and fell, 65-53.
   The Wildcats started the game taking a slight lead. Senior Natalie Foster scored three baskets in a row to put Mattawan up, 8-4. The opening quarter ended when Meya Vines found Natalie Martinic under an open basket for a layup.
   The Wildcats held a 13-9 lead going into the second quarter, but the Eddies were practically unstoppable from behind the three-point line and stuck to a quick full court press to  jump ahead, 23-18.  Abigail Owens sank a three pointer for Mattawan, making it a 23-21 game, and the Wildcats finished the first half trailing by two, 25-23.
   The second half started as a back and forth battle. The score was tied when Vines sank a three-point basket to give Mattawan the lead. The score was tied three more times before either team could pull away. With the third period winding down, Martinic and Foster scored back-to-back baskets to help Mattawan cut into the Eddies lead, 45-39.
   But, Edwardsburg took off in the final quarter, adding to their lead. Mattawan tried  to rally back. With just over three minutes left Yasmin Pirbhai fought her way to the basket to make it a 59-46 score, in favor of the Eddies. Edwardsburg kept the offense strong for the win.
   The Mattawan girls will play at home again on Friday, January 17, when they host Lakeshore High School at 5:45 p.m. 

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