Districts start next Monday
White Cloud 56 Ravenna 24
The Indians won their fourth in a row behind the high energy brand of shutdown defense that has fueled the streak. During the current run opponents have averaged just 27 points a game and with Hannah Brown on the court, the offensive emergence of Alexis Strait and strong offensive support from both starters and bench players the Indians have averaged over 50 in 2018 while winning 10 of the 12 games since the break
Pacing the defense with multiple steals were Brown (6) Strait(5) and Elexis Plotts (4). Brown dished out 5 assists and led all scorers with 23 points while Strait canned 13 and Plotts hit for 8. Lanya Yeiter worked the glass pulling down a team high 5 boards.
This Friday White Cloud will host Morley Stanwood before traveling to Scottville (Mason County Central) on Monday to begin district play against the Pirates of Hart starting at 7pm.
Tri County 42 Newaygo 36
The Vikings moved into a third place tie with Reed City in the Gold with a hard fought win over a relentless Newaygo squad. Tied after the first, TC moved ahead to go in front by 4 at intermission. The teams continued to jockey for the lead before the Vikes went on a run late in the third to go up 8 entering the final frame. Newaygo clawed their way back to within one but the Vikings held back their visitors to lock up their 4th win in a row.
"Give TC credit, they made the plays down the stretch to win," said Coach Thomasma.
The Vikings well balanced scoring attack has been a key factor in their current streak of success and Tuesday was no exception with eight players tallying points led by Emma Overbeek (9), Grace Miller (8), Jessica Thompson (6) and Alicia Bowen (5).
“I was really proud of our effort tonight,” said Coach Overbeek. “ We battled hard against a well coached Newaygo team. I love the effort and energy that our girls play with, but I also love the way Newaygo plays.
It was great for our eight seniors to get a win in their final home game.”
Julia Bice pulled down 9 boards for the Vikings with Tricia Slavens grabbing 8 to go with her 4 points.
Alexis Brocker and Jaylee Long paced the Lion attack with 8 points each, Daisy Hagen hit for a half dozen while pulling down a team high 8 rebounds and Madison Bush took down 7 boards to go with her 5 points. Brocker also pilfered 6 steals with Long adding 5 thefts as well.
Tri County visits Fremont Friday and Newaygo hosts Grant but on Monday these two teams who have already fought two close battles will hit the court again in the opening round of district play in Fremont.
Game time 7:30pm.