Young Paw Paw squad battles early deficit to lose close one

Butch Hindenach •
Mitchell Mason steps in as the new point guard for the Redskins and shoots the three ball before either of the Plainwell defenders can get to him.  Mason, one of five sophomores on the varsity roster this year, scored 12 points in the loss to the Trojans.   Hot Shotz Photography/Madi Day

   PAW PAW - On a frigid Friday Snowfest evening at the Paw Paw gym, the Redskins, with some new faces, took on a strong Plainwell team, and suffered a 66-57 defeat. On the home team’s roster were sophomores Mitchell Mason and Clayton Bretch, transfer athletes from Lawton. They bring the total of 10th graders on the varsity lineup to five; Mason even found himself starting against the Trojans. 
   Plainwell came out strong, showing a quick and active defense that caused the Redskins problems finding good shots, and made the efforts to get the ball inside to Karsen Barnhart very difficult also. The Trojans’ speed on fast breaks, plus hitting an early barrage of treys, built a 17-10 lead over Paw Paw after eight minutes. 
   Halfway through the second quarter, Plainwell had stretched its lead to 29-11, which would prove to be insurmountable for the Redskins. Paw Paw continued to battle anyway, and made a late run at the Trojans in the final period, winning the stanza 25-15. The rally was led by Barnhart with 10 points. Justin Baird added a pair of triples, and Mason contributed five of his total in the fourth quarter. 
   Barnhart led Paw Paw scoring with 23 points, and again proved himself adept at cleaning the glass with 18 rebounds. Mason accounted for 12 points, followed by Baird with six, Levi Penning, five, Andrew Vorce, four, Finlay Tate, three, and Nate Harden and Kayden McClish, two each.

The Courier-Leader & Paw Paw Flashes

The Courier-Leader & Paw Paw Flashes
32280 E. Red Arrow Hwy. • P.O. Box 129
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-5080

Email Us

Facebook Pinterest