Wayland too much for Belding in regional semi

Walt Kaechele

CHARLOTTE—For a half of the first quarter, the girls from Belding hung with the Wildcats and then the give-and-go sent the Redskins packing.

Wayland marches into the regional finals today Thursday, March 12, after putting away Belding 61-36, in Tuesday’s, March 10, semifinal game.

“We adapted pretty quickly,” said Wayland coach Marty Howard. “They came out in a 1-3-1 zone and we didn’t quite expect to see that, we started getting the ball inside and then the defense picked up.

“We moved from a zone to a man-to-man and our ball pressure started to get to them. We watched them on film and knew they wanted to play an up tempo game and this worked right in with our play.”

With Wayland leading by only one 7-6 at the 2:40 mark of the first quarter, they finished off the last two minutes with an 11-2 run. This run was punctuated with some good inside passing to Sydney Ritz who buried the last four points of the quarter.

The ball was moving well at this point for Wayland and everyone seemed to be seeing the court well.

“We expected them to play like this,” guard Presley Hudson said. “But later we started seeing the openings and we were able to get the ball into the tall girls and they finished it off.”

Ritz and company continued the blitz in the second quarter with her putting in another four to start the quarter and Ali Cutler was just starting to warm up cashing in five of her game high 17 points.

“It’s fun when you see one of the juniors have it come together for them and Ritz had this going for her tonight,” said Howard.

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