White Cloud/Lakeview photos by Bobbie Cruzan
White Cloud 31 Lakeview 28
The Cloud won their second conference game in a row in a low scoring affair against the visiting Wildcats.
Coach Wilk;”After our last game we really wanted to clean up our mistakes tonight, but unfortunately we still missed a ton of easy shots. Luckily, we were able to make just enough to pull out an exciting win on our home floor. The first quarter started off pretty slow tonight. Scoring was hard to come by until Gaby Reeve got into the game, and she put up 7 points to give us the 9 to 6 advantage at the end of the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter Lakeview put up 6 more points, and we only managed one Gaby Reeve bucket. We went into halftime down 12-11 which was very reminiscent of our last game. Lakeview came out of halftime red hot, and they put up the first 9 points of the quarter. We were now down 10 points. Jaden Gomez called her own number and sank a deep three to get us rolling. Right after her shot we got a couple of free throws from Brooke Ringle and Gaby Reeve. Annie Feldpausch had a nice weak side put back before the end of the quarter, and we were now within 3 points. With the momentum shifting into our favor we saved our best quarter for last. Gomez hit another three after a couple Lakeview points, and then Jolena Deaton had a beautiful drive and finish to give us the lead. Once we secured the lead our offense did a marvelous job taking care of the ball and getting to the freethrow line. Jaden Gomez hit four free throws in the final minutes to ice the game. Gaby Reeve finished the night with 12 points 7 rebounds, and Jaden Gomez had 10 points and 2 steals. Kadence Nickoloff didn’t score tonight, but she provided some good interior defense.
Over the last few weeks I have seen a lot of growth from our players. I was very happy how they fought back tonight after having a rough start to the third quarter. We have been doing a great job at keeping the lead once we get it in the 4th quarter. A lot of teams struggle with the pressure in close games, but I feel like our leaders have stepped up when the games are close like this one. With this being a conference game it was very important that we won this one, and our girls fought hard to get this win.”
White Cloud (3-3, 7-5) wil head to Kent City Friday. The Eagles lost a first place showdown with Big Rapids on Tuesday.
Holton 43 Ravenna 37
The Red Devils avenged an early season loss to the Dawgs as they kicked off the second half of the conference schedule with a win.
Coach Jordan: “This was a game we had to have and the girls came out with the right effort it takes to compete. We played them earlier in the year and we all felt we let the game slip out of our hands at the last minute. We were up all game in that one and they closed out an 11-0 run to win by 5, so this is one we had marked. I felt we made it tough for them all game and we held their leading scorer to just two field goals which was a point of emphasis in the pregame. Overall happy with the effort. We were up by roughly 10 from the second quarter on so we were able to keep the cushion the second quarter gave us. Good chance we will see them again in districts and we are expecting another tough game out of them.
"We have Mason County Central on Friday which will be an uphill battle for us, but a great opportunity to play a good team."
Abby Fowler canned 13 points and nabbed 5 steals, Ryann Robins took 10 off the glass to go with her 11 points and Layla Cannady also hit for 11 points.
Central Montcalm 70 Grant 55
The Hornets came out on their home court on fire as they scorched the nets for 25 first quarter points while holding the visiting Tigers to just 8. The early lead held up as Grant settled in and played CM pretty even through the rest of the game but could not gain ground on their hosts.Coach Delamater: “ What do you do when a team comes out shooting like that? They only made 2 3's after the first quarter. Ashbaugh was in foul trouble from the second quarter on and fouled out early in the 4th. She still ended up with 16. Jocee Pluene, Jaycee Hance, Makayla Zerlaut, and Madison Thompson had great games with 10, 8, 7, and 6 respectively. We were down 19 at the half and our goal in the locker room was to beat them in the second half (36/32). I appreciate the effort of the team continuing to play hard despite the circumstances.”
Grant (4-2, 9-5) visits Chip Hills on Friday.
Reed City 46 Newaygo 29
The Lions struggled to score early on and dropped the conference matchup with the Coyotes.
Coach Thomasma: "The girls picked up the energy and the effort in the second half tonight but we just couldn't make up for the first half performance. We just didn't shoot the ball well enough to catch back up to Reed City. I got to give them credit. They hit some shots tonight and came ready to play."
Maria Riddering led the Lions with 6 points, 3 steals and 3 rebounds. Barbara Toth also chipped in 6 points. Grace Painter and Naomi Schillman added 5 points a piece.
Newaygo (2-5, 4-10) will be off until next Monday when they host the Vikings of Whitehall.
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