The Reeths-Puffer girls basketball team got off to a rough start to the season on Tuesday, falling 41-34 to Big Rapids in a non-conference road game.
The host Cardinals gained an early advantage by outscoring the Rockets 17-7 in the first quarter. R-P fought back and had a 14-7 edge in the second quarter and trailed 24-21 at halftime.
The third quarter was as cold as could be, with neither team scoring a single point.
Big Rapids nailed down the win with a 17-13 edge in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets were cold from the floor all night, hitting only 11 of 29 shots from two-point range and 3 of 9 from three-point range. They were also 3-for-9 from the free throw line.
Ariel Walker led Reeths-Puffer with 11 points, Billie Tryska and Sophie Hekkema each added eight and Brooklyn Tornes had seven. Hekkema snagged seven rebounds while Tornes and Irelyn Niklasch each grabbed five.