SANFORD – Rebounding from a loss to the league leading Clare Pioneers two weeks ago, the varsity Lady G’s grounded the Oscoda Owls early last week before rolling over the Sanford-Meridian Mustangs Thursday. The Gladwin girls claimed their seventh Jack Pine Conference (JPC) win on the Meridian court with a 51-25 victory over the Mustangs, and surpassed a team goal of 70 percent success from the free throw line by making 15 of 20 shots. Following a 48-22 league win two weeks ago over Farwell and the 35-61 loss to Clare. Gladwin started this week in second place in the league behind Clare and ahead of Beaverton. The Lady G’s controlled every quarter of the game Thursday as they dominated the first quarter 14-4 and the second 17-8 to take a 31-12 halftime lead. They edged the Mustangs 8-7 in the third before bearing down 12-6 in the fourth quarter. Rashell Vorachek “continues to play with 100 percent effort all the time” as she went 5/6 from the line, hit for nine points, grabbled three rebounds and made four steals, according to Gladwin coach Emily Cote. Dani Balzer also added nine points with four rebounds and three steals, while Ali Taylor had nine points, six rebounds and two assists. Taylor had five good passes that could have been assists, said Cote. Carley Cote hit two 3-pointers for six total points, grabbed five rebounds and was 2/2 from the line. Her sister Mallory hit for four points and was 2/2 from the free throw line. Madison Howard contributed six points and seven rebounds, Rachel Dupre three points and four rebounds, Katie Gorman seven rebounds and JJ Willford five rebounds. “We are playing well right now,” the coach commented. “Good chemistry.” The Gladwin varsity was slated to host Roscommon last night, travel to Houghton Lake Thursday and host Tawas Tuesday. Game times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 Rashell Vorachek paced the Gladwin girls with 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double and shot 6/6 from the free throw line to lead the Lady G’s to a decisive 80-40 non-league victory over visiting Oscoda earlier in the week. Madison Howard hit for 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while JJ Willford hit eight points in just the first quarter for a game total of 10 before hurting her ankle in the third. She also grabbed nine rebounds. Rachel Dupre drove home seven points and grabbed six rebounds, Dani Balzer, Mallory Cote and Carley Cote contributed eight points each; Ali Taylor had five points and four assists, Katie Gorman four points, and Carlee Balzer “played aggressively” earning one point.
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