Gold Leaders Stay Undefeated
The top tier trio from the CSAA Gold Division continued to dominate the league Tuesday night with a three pack of wins over area teams
Big Rapids 52 Newaygo 35
The Lions who were hammered by the Hornets Friday faced a Cardinal team known to grind down opponents with Jaylee Strickland headlining a formidable starting five and a deep bench.
Newaygo kept BR in reach during the first half entering intermission down just 4 points but the Cards came out of the locker room on fire and pushed the lead to 15 entering the 4th.
"We played a much better game tonight than we did on Friday,” said Coach Nate Thomasma. “The girls really competed well. Madison Bush, Jaylee Long and Sophia Frisbie led the team with 9 points each while Alexis Brocker and Daisy Hagen provided some strength on the boards."
Strickland finished with 21 for the visitors.
Newaygo (2-5, 1-3) heads to Fremont Friday while Big Rapids (9-0,4-0) will head to Stanton for a showdown of a pair of undefeated title contenders.
Central Montcalm 49 Fremont 32
The Hornets came in riding a 9 game winning streak to open the season and possessing an opportunistic offense that can score in bunches
They did just that Tuesday night during a first quarter that saw the Packers dig themselves an early hole behind turnovers and poor shooting. Down 21-8 after one the hosts regrouped but still reached halftime staring at a 17 point deficit.
“After the first quarter we played hard and better the rest of the way but just couldn't close the gap,” said Coach John Krim Shriver also picked CM pockets to finish with 6 steals
Calla Miller and Natalie Jamieson paced the Packer scoring with 8 apiece while Chloe Shriver and Riley Sweet hit for a half dozen each.
Libby Ledford fired in 4 triples for the Hornets on her way to a game high 15 points.
Fremont (4-4, 1-3) will host Newaygo Friday while CM (10-0, 4-0) matched undefeated records with Big Rapids.
Reed City 64 Tri County 47
The third of the undefeated Gold teams stayed that way Tuesday as Reed City paid a visit to the Vikings. The Coyotes took an early lead going up 15-11 after one then edged out to a 29-22 lead by the half. While the Vikings were holding their own on the glass the visitors popped in a half dozen triples before intermission to stay in front.
“When Reed City is allowed to play their style, they are very tough to beat,” said Viking Coach Chris Overbeek. “ We handled their pressure very well in the first half, we just missed too many easy shots.”
Grace Miller poured in 23 points to lead the Vikes while taking down 5 rebounds and Emma Overbeek notched another half dozen points for the hosts.
Tri County (3-6, 1-3) will be hosting Grant (2-6, 1-3) and Reed City (8-0, 4-0) will welcome in the Warriors of Chippewa Hills
White Cloud 58 Mason County Eastern 20
Make it two in a row for the Cloud who dominated the Cardinals in their Monday night matchup
With a well balanced attack and a great deal of energy the Indians ran to a 20-1 lead after the first and cruised to the win.
Hannah Brown led the offensive output canning 23 points on the night while dishing off a trio of dimes as well. Alexis Straight hit double figures with 10 points to go with her 4 boards and 2 assists and Olivia Bowman stuffed the stat sheet with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Elexis Plotts held court on the glass pulling down 7 rebounds and Kayla Pasch came off the bench to hit for a half dozen points
White Cloud (2-5-4, 2-1) will look to make it three inn a row Friday when they host Holton (1-7, 1-2).