Long Lights Up Lakeview, Male Scorches Mohawks
Newaygo 41 Lakeview 33
A huge 4th quarter propelled Newaygo past Lakeview and delivered their third consecutive win in a cross conference matchup with Lakeview Tuesday.
The ‘Cats inched ahead early on and built a 6 point lead by intermission. The Lions came out of the locker room and clamped down on the defensive end, cutting the lead to 3 heading into the 4th.
That’s when the Lions took over as they outscored the Wildcats 17-6 and came away with a solid win.
Jaylee Long continues to show why she is fast becoming one of the areas top players in her first year. She canned a team high 19 points including a pair of timely triples and a 9-11 performance at the charity stripe while dishing off 4 assists. Madison Bush also reached double figures dropping in 11. Daisy Hagen continues to be a thorn in the side of opponents as she pilfered 6 steals while pulling down a team high 5 boards and notching 3 from the free throw line. Lillian Ruehmeier and Sophia Frisbie finished with 4 points apiece.
"Another good team win for the girls tonight," said Coach Thomasma. "Everyone contributed in some fashion."
"We must continue to improve. We got tough conference games the rest of the way out."
And it starts Friday night when they head to Stanton.
There are two Class B teams in the state without a loss.
The Hornets are one of them.
They have carved through their schedule with only 3 of their 15 wins coming by less than 15 points. They also hung the only loss of the year on a strong Big Rapids squad.
The Lions (5-10, 2-7) will have their handsful and the Hornets are tough at home in the hive
But this team has a bit of moxie and won’t be backing down from anyone.
Undefeated or not.
Grant 40 Morley Stanwood 28
The Tigers faced off against the the Mohawks in a cross conference game against the 2nd place team in the Silver. Both teams came out flat and struggled to get the ball in the basket in the first but the teams came to life in the second combining for 34 points. Grant hit on three triples in the quarter to take a 20-14 led into halftime.
The Tiger offense continued to click after intermission but it was the defensive effort that kept the ‘Hawks in check while Grant behind the red hot hand of Cec Male continued to score in the second half pulling away for the win.
Male finished with a season high 22 points on the night.
Cloud Gets Number 1,Lions Make It 4 In A Row
White Cloud 63 Evart 45
]It’s been a tough couple of months for the Cloud cagers. They dropped an even dozen to open the season. There have been near misses including a heartbreaker in Hesperia and a couple games that were closer than the score indicates but they were still on the right column of the record with the left remaining empty.
Until Tuesday when the Indians hosted the Wildcats of Evart and got off the schneid with a convincing win.
“A total team victory tonight,” said Coach Jones. “Hopefully this is something we can build on going forward.
Andy Newfer fired in a team high 24 points with Jared Elder hitting for 14 and Steven Holt notching 10.
Friday they will get another shot at the Panthers to try to avenge that one point loss and this time it's on their home court.
With a chance to make it 2 in a row.
Newaygo 58 Lakeview 28
The Lions defense smothered the Wildcats to build a 30-16 halftime lead, then held the visitors to just a dozen second half points in notching the cross conference win.
“We played with a lot of energy and focus tonight,” said Coach Barrette
Connor Swinehart ripped in 14 points and Mitch Karrip knocked down 13 for the Lions.
Newaygo (9-5, 5-4) will be looking to extend their winning streak to 5 Friday when they head for Stanton to take on Central Montcalm.