Defense leads Mendon

MENDON — A great effort on the defensive end of the floor in the second half allowed Mendon’s girls’ basketball team to post a come-from-behind 43-33 win at home Thursday over New Buffalo.
New Buffalo (0-1) jumped out to a lead of 10-9 after one period and took a 22-20 lead into halftime.
Mendon (1-0) came out and put the defensive clamps on New Buffalo during the second half, outscoring the Bison 23-11.
Mendon took a 32-28 lead into the fourth quarter and pulled away with an 11-5 run during the final eight minutes.
Alyssa Kramer led a balanced Mendon offensive attack with 13 points to go with three rebounds, two steals and one assist. Mary Leighton chipped in with nine points, two rebounds, five steals and four assists. Julia Sutter added eight points and six rebounds for the Lady Hornets. Nancy Steinacker added five points, including 3-of-4 at the foul stripe. Steinacker also had three rebounds and one steal.
Lauren Lash had six rebounds and one steal for Mendon. Hayley Kramer added one point, five rebounds two steals and one assist. MaKenzie Oatley added four rebounds and two steals. Madi Mykolaitis added four points, three rebounds, one steal, two assists and one blocked shot.
Alyssa Mulligan poured in 17 points for New Buffalo and Maeve Smith chipped in 12.
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