LAKE ORION >> The shots were falling for Lake Orion on Thursday night.
The Dragons hit eight 3-pointers as they picked up their first OAA White win of the season, besting Troy Athens 39-19.
“We shot the ball well (Thursday). I was really pleased with our shot selection,” Lake Orion coach Bob Brydges said. “We really moved the ball well to get those open looks and it is nice when you can knock them down. We haven’t been able to do that much this season and (Thursday) we did. It shows you what can happen when you start to move the ball.”
The outside shots fell from the beginning as Meghan Marshall and Sophia Rose Wyborski each hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter to help the Dragons (6-2, 1-2 OAA White) establish a 10-1 lead.
They would continue to build on the lead in the second quarter, taking a 23-6 lead at the break behind four more 3-pointers in the frame.
“We are looking to get the best shot available, and if it happens to be a three, then that is great,” Brydges said of the offensive game plan. “I am very confident with our inside game, so if that is where we are getting the best looks, then that is where we will go. We just happened to get a lot of good looks from the outside (Thursday).”
With the offense clicking, the Lake Orion defense was also locked in, forcing a number of turnovers of Troy Athens to help set up the offensive possessions.
“It’s two games in a row that we have played really well defensively in the first half,” Brydges said. “We haven’t quite been able to put it together for four quarters, but if we do we think we can play with anybody. We take a lot of pride in our defensive effort.”
Athens (2-5, 0-3) cut into the lead in the third quarter with a 9-6 advantage, but the Red Hawks couldn’t sustain the defensive effort in the fourth.
“This is not like us. We usually play with more energy and we have been lately,” Troy Athens coach Stacie Klumpp said. “Lake Orion did a great job of hitting shots against us and we just didn’t match their energy at all. We certainly have to improve on that.”
Wyborski had 16 points with four 3-pointers to lead Lake Orion in the win while Paytin Shadaia added seven. Five different Dragons hit a shot from the arc.
Troy Athens was led by Isabelle Crum and Emma Wodwaski, who each scored five points. Clara Shoales added four points.