CADILLAC — After a 23-1 season a yr in the past and undefeated Huge North Convention title, the Cadillac ladies’ basketball workforce had issues come to a crashing halt when the season was referred to as in regional finals a yr in the past.

Thursday got here as an opportunity to jot down a brand new story in 2021 for the Vikings and sadly for Petoskey, chapter one got here towards the Northmen.

Petoskey hit the highway for the second time this week to fulfill up with Cadillac, who used their returning expertise to earn a season-opening 43-30 win over Petoskey.

“They’re excellent,” stated Petoskey coach Bryan Shaw. “They’re led by seniors who’ve gained loads of video games. They got here out and form of punched us within the mouth.

“Within the second half we have been in a position to play significantly better towards them, although. So we’re studying.”

Petoskey moved to 1-1 general and within the Huge North with the loss, whereas Cadillac picked up its first win on the younger season.

Whereas it got here as much less of a visit than Alpena earlier within the week, the Northmen had a sluggish begin within the first quarter that had them scoring simply two first quarter factors.

After a 12-2 deficit within the first, Cadillac then led 22-9 on the break, whereas leaning on 4 first half 3-pointers.

“We couldn’t make a shot and simply the tempo of the sport that Cadillac got here out with I feel caught us off guard,” stated Shaw. “We tried to imitate it in follow, however they’ve obtained the expertise and it took us some time to regulate to it.”

The Northmen finally did modify within the third, with Caroline Man discovering a rhythm with some profitable journeys to the free throw line and Grayson Man choosing up a basket and free throw.

Petoskey outscored the Vikings within the third, 10-8, then trailed 30-19 after three.

“You’re down that a lot at half, we solely scored 9, so the second half may go certainly one of two methods and I assumed it went the best method,” stated Shaw. “The women actually stepped up and obtained robust. We lower it to eight at one level.”

Cadillac’s Molly Anderson, who not too long ago signed with Grand Valley State to play hoops subsequent season, later took over within the fourth, scoring eight factors to assist push the Vikings’ lead out and convey within the win.

Caroline Man led Petoskey with 12 factors, Grayson Man scored seven and Ellie Pollion and Hayley Flynn every scored 5.

Petoskey’s ladies will take a break from Huge North Convention play subsequent and head to Boyne Metropolis on Saturday, Feb. 13 to fulfill up with the Ramblers.

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