Photos by Alexis Mercer and Justice Long
Newaygo 42 Reed City 29
The Long sisters accounted for all the Lion offense during a 13-2 run to start the game with Jaylee scoring 8 and Jaxi adding 5. Unable to solve the Newaygo press, the Coyotes yielded a rash of turnovers to put themselves in an early hole. Alison Duddles hit a basket for RC to start the second but a Lily Ruehmeier bucket followed by a pair of sweet scoring passes from Sophia Frisbie to Kendall Mathis, and a Mathis baseline hit put the hosts up 15 before Madelynn Morgan laced a triple for the ‘Yotes to make it an even dozen.
With time winding down in the half the Lions struck again running off 6 quick points by Jaylee Long, Mathis and Jaxi Long to pull into halftime with a 27-10 lead.
The second half the Coyotes looked to slow the tempo and the tactic seemed to cool off the Newaygo offense a bit but the visitors were unable to get much closer as the Lions defense continued to limit their good looks at the basket.
"I thought we played good defense in the first half,” said Coach Thomasma. “ We got a little loose with our assignments in the second half but we were able to hang on. Reed City made a lot of things difficult for us tonight."
Jaylee Long led all scorers with 15 points while Jaxi Long hit for 13 and Mathis knocked down 8 while grabbing 4 rebounds. Emmerson Goodin showed a lot of grit holding her own during some pretty physical inside play and Frisbie created havoc in the Coyote backcourt with her tenacious defense.
Newaygo is now 6-3 on the season and 4-3 in conference play. Reed City drops to 2-7, 1-5.
(Photo gallery of game at bottom of article.)
Fremont 50 Chippewa Hills 23
Paige Vandenberg had a huge 1st half scoring 16 of the 25 Packer points as the hosts built a 10 point lead then ran away after the break.
“Defensively we did a very good job of taking away their dribble penetrating in the 2nd half limiting them to just 7 2nd half points, “ said Coach Krim.
Vandenberg finished with 21 points while Calla Miller and Natalie Jamieson each canned 8. Miller also dished out 5 assists and Jamieson put on a defensive clinic swiping seven steaks while rejecting 5 Warrior shots
The Packers are now 7-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play a game behind league leading and undefeated Central Montcalm.
White Cloud 53 Lakeview 39
The Cloud was lighting it up from a distance Friday with Hannah Brown scorching a quintet of triples and Olivia Bowman adding another 4 from the arc. The hot shooting led to the 4th straight win for the Indian squad.
Jemi Perrin provided a huge spark as she stepped in for the injured Alexis Strait and responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds while dishing off 3 assists.
Brown continues to add to her school scoring record as she drained 27 points to go with 6 boards, 6 assists and a trio of steals on defense and Bowman finished with 12 points.
White Cloud is now 7-2 on the season and 4-1 in the Silver, one game behind Kent City who will be visiting the Cloud this Friday
Kent City 89 Holton 33
Morley Stanwood 66 Hesperia 39
Central Montcalm 70 Tri County 30
Grant 51 Big Rapids 35