Early Week Hoop Action
By N3 Sports Team
Morley Stanwood 47 Newaygo- 37
"A poor start put us in a big hole we couldn't climb out of,” said Coach Nate Thomasma. “We cut the lead to 3 and had the ball with 2 minutes to go in the game but couldn't get quite catch up to Morley.”
The Lions (1-5, 2-8) fell for the 5th straight time in the cross conference match with the Mohawks (3-2, 7-5).
Kylee Chesley led the team with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Faith Smith played her typical scrappy game with 7 points and 4 rebounds. Molly Frisbie chipped in with 5 points and 4 rebounds.
“We're getting close to where we need to be and
when we figure out how to play a complete game again, look out,” added Coach Thomasma. “We’re at the halfway point of the season and were looking forward to finishing with a strong second half."
"We have a great group of girls and I know we can get it done."
Newaygo faces Reed City (2-4, 5-6) Friday
Morley Stanwood 65 Newaygo 56
The Mohawks outscored Newaygo and handed the Lions their 4th straight loss after opening the season 6-0. Morley edged into a 2 point lead after one pushing their advantage to 6 points at the half.
Mitch Karrip led the team by canning 18 points with Cam Fisk (14) and Connor Swinehart (13) also reaching double figures but it wasn’t enough to stop the skid.
“Tonight we gave a disappointing effort physically and mentally and Morley took advantage,” said Lion Head Coach Joe Barrette.
The Lions will look to right the ship when they host Reed City (1-6, 1-8) Friday.
Chippewa Hills 63 White Cloud 28
Grant 39 Chippewa Hills 27
The Tigers came out hot and led from wire to wire to secure their second straight win in a make-up contest with Chippewa Hills.
“It was a great team with everyone playing and contributing,” said Tiger Coach Paige Paulsen. “The girls have really come together and executed the skills that have been our focus. We are getting a lot of energy from every girl and making sure we keep a positive atmosphere.”
Laura Bouwkamp (11 points) and Ashley Herin (10) led Grant in scoring
Big Rapids 53 Newaygo 33
"We just didn't execute our defensive game plan in the first half,” said Coach Thomasma.
“We knew they wanted to drive the ball and we just didn't stop it.”
“.In the second half, we played a much better game and outscored them by two points.”
Kylee Chesley led the team with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Madi Bush played her best game of the year with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Jenna Strickland led BR with 18 points.
Big Rapids 81 Newaygo 68
The Lions battled against one of the state’s elite teams but the undefeated Cardinals were able to hold back Newaygo and remain secured in the top spot in the Gold.
"We played hard from whistle to whistle, just didn't make enough plays,” said Coach Joe Barrette. “Big Rapids is an excellent team, but they knew they were in a fight."
Jacob Polasek led the Lions with16 Points while dishing out 5 assists and Connor Swinehart grabbed 8 boards to go with his 14 points.
Grant 55 CH 42