GLADWIN – Gladwin went into the Christmas break on a roll having won three games in a row, but Coach Jerome Smalley knew that Midland was going to be tough. The Chemics came into the game with a 6-0 record and tied for first in the Saginaw Valley Red. Midland has been blowing teams out, their closest game was a seven point win over Dow. Every other win has been by ten or more points. Smalley commented after the game that they are “big and athletic.” He also mentioned that they are a very “deep team.” All ten girls played and scored in the game. They may be the best team Gladwin plays this year. Midlands game with John Glenn in February should be a good one.
Turnovers were a big problem for Gladwin in the game. Midland used a full court press all night, which made it difficult for Gladwin to get anything going on offense. Delaney Cote shot 66% from three-point range to lead all Gladwin scorers with 12 points. She also had five rebounds and three assists. Chloe Kokotovich had ten points and seven rebounds. Rebecka Lindfors and Heidi Inscho had eight and six points respectively. Inscho also had a big night on the boards with seven rebounds.
Gladwin got back in the win column on Friday night when they defeated Farwell 42-39. As the score indicates the game was tight all night. The Flying G’s held a four-point lead at halftime before Farwell rallied to take a four-point lead of their own with less than a minute to play. Gladwin forced two turnovers that they converted into points to close the gap to one. Delaney Cote hit a three-point shot with eights seconds left to put the G’s back in front 40-38. Farwell split a one and one to cut the lead to one point before Inscho hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds left to seal the victory for Gladwin.
With the win Gladwin improved to 4-1 in the Jack Pine Conference tied for first with Clare. Smalley mentioned that Brooke Chenette had a “strong game.” She scored nine points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Cote was the leading scorer for Gladwin with ten points. Inscho and Kokotovich had eight points and Lindfors added seven. Kokotovich had 11 rebounds including seven on the offensive end.
Gladwin played Pinconning on Tuesday before their rivalry showdown with Beaverton. The Beavers travel to Gladwin on Friday for a game that will start at 6 p.m.