BOYNE CITY -- The East Jordan High School girls' basketball team was looking to bounce back from a tough loss last week against Elk Rapids.
After building a comfortable halftime lead, the Red Devils rebounded in a nice way.
Junior guard Tanner McCune had a game-high 19 points, while junior forward Grace Howes added 12 as the Red Devils rolled past Boyne City, 67-33, Tuesday in a Lake Michigan Conference game.
With the win, the Red Devils improve to 3-4 overall, 1-2 league, and avenge a tough loss to Elk Rapids last week, during which they held the Elks scoreless in the fourth quarter and nearly overcome a deep deficit only to fall short.
"Again, we played well defensively," East Jordan coach Steve Hines said. "It was disappointing our last game against Elk Rapids, not just that we lost but in the way we were playing. We came out here and did what we felt we should be able to do."
East Jordan led 16-8 after the opening quarter and increased its advantage to 34-16 at halftime behind a swarming defense that created numerous Boyne City turnovers.
"There really wasn't any facet of the game here that we didn't perform well, certainly in comparison to our last game," Hine said. "We took so much better care of the basketball and we cut our turnovers in half, we rebounded better, and we created turnovers."
East Jordan's lead grew to 54-27 at the end of the third behind a 10-2 run during which Tanner McCune had six points. East Jordan's lead reached as many as 36 points in the fourth.
"We got the ball inside, we hit some outside shots and I was very happy with our effort here," Hines said. "We finally put four quarters together and had a nice all-around effort. All our players were involved in different areas and this was our highest offensive output of the season, mainly because we shared the ball so well at the offensive end."
Also for the Red Devils, who created 20 steals and had 20 turnovers, Stephaine Holm added 10 points, while Jordyn Bacchus had eight points.
For Boyne City, 1-7, 0-3, sophomore Halee Boughton had a team-high 15 points, while Rachel Butler added eight.
"Our girls play hard and they'll play hard in every game, every practice and in every situation," Boyne coach Jim Brown said. "We're just a young team and we're a step behind right now, but our heads are up and we're heading in the right direction. We're learning as we go."
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