HANCOCK - It was hardly a work of art, but the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes clawed their way to a victory over Hancock Tuesday night in girls' basketball play.
The 34-25 non-conference win was full of warts as both sides committed 26 turnovers apiece.
"I thought we had that out of our systems, but we came out, missed some shots and became kind of tentative," LL-H coach Timm Gast said afterward. "But we played a pretty solid third quarter ... and then sort of hung on."
Hancock skipper Jack Johnson knew exactly why his team took a step backward after an impressive opening win over Jeffers last week.
"We shot 15 percent from the field and were just 7-of-19 from the free throw line," the first-year coach noted. "You won't win may games with stats like that."
The first half was full of mistakes and missed shots. After a 6-6 first quarter reading, the Lakes managed a 15-10 lead at the half on a pair of 3-point baskets by Morgan Codere and Sarah Audette.
LL-Hubbell 6 9 12 7 - 34
Hancock 6 4 7 8 - 25
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Brittni Kisul 9, Sarah Audette 7, Erin Gast 4, Morgan Codere 3, Brooke Corrigan 3, Morgan Gast 6, Kayla Goodell 2. FT: 5-12; Rebounds: 28 (Goodell 7); Fouls: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Corrigan 1, Codere 1, Audette 1.
Hancock - Kirsten Berg 9, Lily Williams 3, Taylor Mattson 2, Quincy Lorenzetti 1, Molly Berg 3, Mackenzie Brunet 6. FT; 7-19; Rebounds: 24 (Brunet 5); Fouls 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: K. Berg 2, M. Berg 1.
Brittni Kisul, the ace senior forward for the Blue and Gold, found the range in the third frame with three baskets. That was enough to lead to a 27-17 advantage at quarter's end.
"We did regroup at halftime and were able to get some separation," Gast said. "In a game without any flow, you're looking for a spurt somewhere along the line."
The Bulldogs, a relatively young team, did manage to slice the lead down to five points midway through the final stanza as senior Kirsten Berg sparked the rally. But some more untimely turnovers doomed the comeback attempt.
Johnson said his team never could find its tempo.
"We knew coming into this game that it would be a tough one because Lake Linden plays tough, physical defense." he said. "We needed a spurt, but it was just never there."
Now 1-1 on the year, the Lakes received nine points and six rebounds from Kisul. Sarah Audette pitched in seven points and six steals, while Morgan Gast had six points. Reserve Kayla Goodell contributed a game-best seven rebounds, drawing the praise of her coach for a "typical effort underneath."
The 1-1 Crimson and Gold were paced by Kirsten Berg's nine points. Mackenzie Brunet added six points and five boards in a solid effort.
The Lakes host Ewen-Trout Creek on Friday. Hancock travels to Dollar Bay on Thursday.
LL-H won the JV game, 48-32.