Eaton Rapids coach Willis Whitmyer said he challenged his team following a two-point loss to Charlotte, the team’s first CAAC Gold defeat.
Playing on the home court of a Mason team that beat Charlotte on Friday and was just a half game back of the Greyhounds in the league standings, Eaton Rapids responded to the challenge.
The Greyhounds outscored the Bulldogs 18-0 in the first quarter and coasted to a 47-19 win on Tuesday night.
“I’ve been on them after our letdown and after Charlotte outhustled us and outplayed us, ever since then they’ve stepped it up and we’re at another level right now,” Whitmyer said. “Hopefully, we can continue it.”
“It was a great way to start the game, especially after our league loss,” senior center Allie Dittmer said. “This was a big win that we really needed.”
The Greyhounds improved to 5-1 in the Gold, while Mason fell to 3-2.
“We knew we needed to get in order to stay up with the league,” Dittmer said. “We needed to keep fighting for it.”
Dittmer had nine points to lead Eaton Rapids and was one of 10 players who scored for the Greyhounds.
The Eaton Rapids defense was absolutely stifling. Mason didn’t tally its first point until 7:20 was left in the second quarter. Junior Emily Somerville and Erin McDermott were the only two players to record points for the Bulldogs in the first half as the Greyhounds led 27-4 at halftime.
Impressively, they did not let up after that as Mason manage just four points in the third quarter as well.
The Greyhounds’ height inside made it tough for the Bulldogs to dribble to the basket, and Mason was usually one and done with any perimeter shots with post players such as Dittmer, junior Jessica Johnson and senior Bailey Baker cleaning up rebounds underneath.
“If we can play like this all the time with our talking on defense, we’d be really hard to beat. We’d be that team that no one would want to play,” Whitmyer said.
McDermott finished with six points to lead the Bulldogs.
EATON RAPIDS 47, MASON 19
Bailey Baker 0 1-4 1, Jenna Beemer 1 0-0 2, Meghan Dassance 2 0-0 7, Molly Dassance 0 1-2 1, Brooklyn Dingman 1 0-0 2, Allie Dittmer 4 1-4 9, Jessica Johnson 2 3-4 7, Emily McCostlin 3 0-0 6, Kathryn Mills 3 1-5 7, Emily Reinecke 1 0-0 5. Totals 17 7-19 47.
Jalysa Bard 1 0-0 2, Erica Bartlett 0 1-2 1, Jessica Jordan 1 2-5 4, Autumn Kissman 0 2-2 2, Erin McDermott 2 2-2 6, Emily Somerville 2 0-0 4. Totals 6 7-11 19.
3-Point Goals – Eaton Rapids 2 (Meghan Dassance 1, Emily Reinecke 1). Total fouls: Eaton Rapids 14, Mason 18.
JV: Mason 39, Eaton Rapids 34