Nov. 30, 2010, 11:45 p.m.
An inability to finish -- both from around the basket and at the free-throw line -- cost Plymouth's girls basketball team in its season-opening game at West Bloomfield Tuesday night.
The Wildcats fell, 32-22, to the Lakers in a physical showdown that was in doubt until the game's latter stages.
"I like how all of our girls played tonight," said first-year Plymouth coach Bob deBear. "We just couldn't finish. We missed a lot of easy shots.
"West Bloomfield is a big, strong team. My girls know what it's like to be in a varsity basketball game now."
West Bloomfield led 10-7 after one quarter and 17-4 at the break.
The 'Cats chiseled their deficit down to five on a few occasions during the second half, but couldn't get any closer.
"At halftime, we brought them in and calmed them down," said deBear. "They played a lot better in the second half."
Senior Alex Roberts led the Wildcats with nine points. Freshman point guard Kylie Robb added seven in her first varsity game.
"West Bloomfield had a pretty loud student cheering section and Kylie stepped up and knocked down two free throws facing the crowd," said deBear. "She wasn't fazed a bit."
Unfortunately for Plymouth, Robb's two freebies were the only two the team made out of 10 tries from the charity stripe.
Plymouth returns to action Friday when it hosts Dexter at 7 p.m.
Ed Wright can be reached at (734) 453-1980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.