TRAVERSE CITY — It suddenly clicked for Traverse City West.
After struggling in a 29-16 loss to Manistee on Monday, the Titans bounced back in a big way Thursday with a 49-26 Big North Conference victory over host Traverse City Central.
It was a season-high point total for the Titans (8-12, 8-4 BNC).
"We looked at the film from the first game and they didn't do a lot of things differently, so we drilled on the situations," Titans coach Dave Ginsberg said. "We thought we could drive. We did penetrate and get some shots, so I'm thrilled with our offense tonight. We've had such a difficult time scoring points."
West heads into the playoffs on Monday at Alpena in the Class A district. Central (4-14, 3-8 BNC) has a bye into Wednesday's semifinal, but will first wrap up the regular season on Saturday at Ogemaw Heights.
"We lost a tough game to Manistee, but we came in here and shook it off," Ginsberg said. "I think we're capable of playing good at Alpena. In the state tournament, anything can happen. Anybody can beat anybody. We just have to prepare and get off the bus right after a long trip."
A key for the Titans in the win Thursday was finding the easy basket. The team tallied 16 assists, with many coming on wide-open looks under the basket.
"West did an outstanding job of making the extra pass all night long," Trojans coach Ryan Knudsen said. "We made them work most of the night, but they just did an excellent job of working the ball around. They were patient until they found someone on the backside. I tip my hat to them. They played an outstanding game and broke our defense down."
"At practice, we try to find the easiest basket we can," West sophomore Katie Placek said. "We look for open jump shots, but when we can, we're getting lay-ups as much as possible."