Bayle drops 36 on the Devs
Photos by Sue Harrison
Kent City 56 White Cloud 23
The Indians fared better than their first encounter with the Eagles but still fell far short as the visitors once again took charge early and never allowed the Cloud back in the game.
Jenna Harrison and Maddie Geers each notched 17 and Kenzie Bowers knocked down 13.
Undefeated Kent City clinched a tie for the top spot in the Silver and will face Morley Stanwood Tuesday for a shot at an outright title.
White Cloud (6-6, 4-4) will visit Holton Tuesday.
Hesperia 47 Holton 37
The Panthers fell behind early and the Devils stayed in the game trailing by just one at intermission but an explosive night by Emily Bayle accelerated in the second half and the visitors could not keep pace.
Bayle had a stat sheet stuffing performance dropping a cool 36 on the RD’s while peeling 20 off the glass and adding 5 steals for good measure.
Coach Grodus: “We overcame a slow start in the first quarter against an improving Holton squad. Emily Bayle had a monster night making 12 out of 13 free throws in the second half....10 of which were in the 4th quarter.”
Madi Bosset and Ryan Robins each scored 10 for Holton and Abbie Fowler added 8.
Holton (2-5, 6-8) takes on Muskegon CC on the road Monday before returning home to face White Cloud Tuesday.
Hesperia (5-5, 2-5) hosts Mason County Eastern Monday before hitting the road to Lakeview on Tuesday.
Holton 65 Hesperia 12
The Red Devils had this one wrapped up early in the 1st quarter as they raced to a 27-2 lead and stuck in another 10 points before hitting the break while the Panthers were stymied.
Coach Swanson: “Both teams played hard. We're happy to get an important league win in a big rivalry game.”
Brodrick Fialek paced the scoring with 20 points, Aidan Poling had 15 in one quarter of play and Joseph McLean hit for 8. On the defensive end Wyatt Monette had 7 steals to go with his 6 points all accomplished in the first quarter and Bret Hosmer picked off 5 steals.
Holton (11-4, 8-0) plays at Coopersville Monday before returning to conference play on Tuesday with a visit from White Cloud. A win over the Indians would clinch a tie for the conference title.
Hesperia (0-12, 0-8) will visit Lakeview Tuesday.
Kent City 53 White Cloud 47.
The two Silver squads did battle on the Indian home court as the hosts edged out to a 21-20 halftime lead. The teams continued to exchange blows in the second half with the Eagles taking the lead heading into the final frame and the Cloud snatching it back. A late 6-0 run put KC in the driver's seat and they held off W for the win.
Coach Jones:”Proud of my men and the way they played tonight. They left everything on the court. Just couldn’t finish it off.”
Taylor Bode and Mason Ruether led White Cloud in scoring with 10 apiece while Sam Venema and Jared Watson recorded 9 each. Dexter Cox also pitched in hitting for 5.
Kyler Larson paced the Eagles 17 points, Cayden Armstrong knocked down 13 and Hayden Carlson finished with11.
White Cloud (5-7, 3-5) visits Holton Tuesday while Kent City ( 6-6, 5-3) heads for Morley Tuesday after a Saturday visit from Cedar Springs.