GLADWIN – Gladwin improved to 9-7 Monday night when they routed Ogemaw Heights 62-38. The Falcons are having a rough season, but they didn’t quit. When Gladwin is on its game the G’s are the better team and Ogemaw had trouble competing. “Ogemaw played hard, but when we are shooting well from the outside we are a pretty good team,” said Coach Jerome Smalley. Rebecka Lindfors shot really well, and when Delaney Cote or Brooke Chenette are shooting well from the outside we are good.”
Lindfors, an exchange student from Helsinki, Finland, had 23 points on the night and tied the school record for three point shots made in a game with six. She joins Jill Kolla (1996) and Tonya Anderson (2004 and 2005) in the record book. Gladwin moved the ball very well early when the game was still on the line collecting seven assists in the first quarter. They also limited their own turnovers early while forcing nine from Ogemaw in the first quarter. Smalley mentioned that they work ball movement a lot, “not being stagnant. We run a high low motion offense, but sometimes the motion gets stopped.” That didn’t happen Monday night. The G’s moved well and consequently so did the ball. “When we get movement we are pretty tough,” continued Smalley.
Heidi Inscho played one of her best games of the year. She seemed to be everywhere down low. She scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. “She is a smart player,” said Smalley. “She is always in a help side defense position and makes the right plays.” Brooke Chenette had seven points and Chloe Kokotovich added six. Delaney Cote had a quiet scoring night with four points, but made several nice entry passes that resulted in Gladwin points. She ended up with six assists.
The Flying G’s split a pair of Jack Pine Conference games last week losing to Harrison 53-50 on Tuesday before beating Shepherd 49-38 on Thursday. Smalley knew that they would have their hands full with Harrison when he mentioned a week ago that Alexys Carlstrom is probably the “best player” in the league. She had a big night leading all scorers with 26 points.
Gladwin fell behind early, trailing 30-17 at halftime. At one point they were down by 22 points in the third quarter before battling back to make it a one point game with three minutes to go. The G’s actually had three chances to take the lead, but couldn’t come up with a bucket. Smalley mentioned, “I liked that we never gave up and fought to the end.” Kokotovich led Gladwin with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Cote had 12 points and four assists while Lindfors added 10 points.
Gladwin jumped out early against Shepherd taking a 12-7 lead after one quarter on their way to the 11-point win. Lindfors scored 14 points to lead Gladwin in scoring. Cote had 10 and Inscho added eight points and seven rebounds. “It was a scrappy game by both teams,” said Smalley. “Our girls handled their trapping defense well with Brooke Chenette directing our offense.”
Gladwin is currently in third place in the Jack Pine Conference with a 7-4 record with three conference games remaining. They host Farwell on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.