Mason’s three-game winning streak in girls basketball came to an end with two losses to traditional powers last week.
The Bulldogs lost a tough CAAC Gold contest at Waverly on Dec. 14 and fell to Haslett in a nonleague game at home on Dec. 18.
Mason sophomore Jalysa Bard scored a team-high 11 points in the 36-30 defeat at Waverly, which the Bulldogs trailed at the half but led with six minutes left in the game.
“We were in that game from the start,” Mason head coach Scott Shattuck said. “I give credit to Waverly, they made some shots, they made some free throws and I totally respect them and what they did.”
Victoria Milton led all scorers with 19 points for Waverly, who held Mason to just one field goal in the second quarter, a 3-pointer by Emily Somerville, to take a 16-11 lead at halftime.
Somerville scored the first points of the second half, a jumper 46 seconds into the third quarter that started an 8-0 Bulldog run that gave Mason a 19-16 lead halfway through the quarter.
The Warriors crawled back, helped by Mason missing three of their six free throws in the final 2:33 of the quarter, and a long three by Milton at the buzzer tied the game 22-22 going into the fourth.
Bard untied the game early in the fourth, stealing a rebound and laying it in in the opening minute of he fourth, but suddenly the Mason offense went dry. Waverly went on a 10-0 run from that point to take a 32-24 lead with 3:10 left on the clock.
Shattuck said that his team has a lot to learn.
“We’ve got to learn to win,” he said. “We’ve got to learn to finish and we’ve got to learn to compete for 32 minutes. I thought that was the difference, the mentality of sealing it and finishing.”
The Bulldogs were never in it against Haslett (6-1), who took a 29-10 lead into the locker room at halftime and never looked back on the way to a 50-24 win.
Brooke Beaune led Mason with eight points and Somerville added seven in the loss to the Vikings, which dropped Mason’s record to 3-4.
Shattuck said his team has lots of positives going forward.
“I like our coachability, I like our effort, I like our team,” he said.
“We’re just going to move on and get better, work on the things that we can do. We’re not going to back down from anybody and we’re not going to make excuses.”
Mason plays two games over the Christmas break, when it travels to the Stockbridge Invitational tournament Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29.
The Bulldogs will face Owosso on Friday, and either Stockbridge or Lansing Christian Saturday.