Midway through the 4th quarter of Fremont's penultimate game of the regular season Jordon McDonald hit a bucket as his team was on their way to a win over Manistee. Nothing unusual about Jordon scoring. It was just 2 of the 26 he put up on the night along with his 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
But the game stopped. Turned out that basket gave McDonald the magic number as it proved to be his 1000th point as a Packer and following a bit of celebration he resumed his spot on the court and helped lead his team to victory.
It wasn’t the first time a McDonald had reached the lofty number. Brother Braiden hit the mark during his senior year 2 years ago and finished his career with 1063 before taking his game to Grace University.
The brothers are two of the 9 players in Packer history who have reached the milestone and Jordon’s basketball commemorating the occasion will join Braiden's in the Packer trophy case.
We caught up with the talented cager for a few questions.
N3- What was it like to join your brother in this exclusive club?
Jordon- "It's pretty cool to know that me and my brother are both in the top 10 for players to ever score 1,000 points in Fremont's history."
N3- Do you remember your first varsity basket?
Jordon- "Yes, Sophomore year vs Big Rapids it was a layup."
N3- What does basketball mean to you?
Jordon- "Basketball has pretty much been my whole life. I started playing in 4th grade. Since then it's been me and basketball. Either through school, club leagues, AAU, local tournaments, drop in games or in my driveway."
N3- Any mentors along the way who helped you hone your skills?
Jordon- "Of course my big brother Braiden and all my coaches. Each one of them have helped me in different ways to become the player I am today."
N3- Plans for post graduation?
Jordon- "My goal is to continue to play basketball. I am undecided about my field of study at this time."
Jordon added another 20 to his total in the Packers final regular season game. With tournament play starting this week, if he and his team make a run during post season play it could help him claim yet another honor if he reaches 1064.
Family bragging rights.
By Ken DeLaat, N3 Sports
Photos by Mike Gesler, Alexis Mercer & Bobbie Cruzan
Unfortunately our local girls teams didn’t make it past Districts this past week. Now the boys get their chance and we feature three of the Tournament sites with a bit of a preview and a few words from our coaches.
Comstock Park District
Comstock Park (6-14) v West Catholic (3-18) 5:30pm
Newaygo (13-9) v Grant (11-10) 7pm
Park/WC winner v Sparta (14-8)
Newaygo/Grant winner v Fremont (10-11)
The Comstock Park District looks to be an intriguing one. Opening with the third go-round between Grant and Newaygo Monday. The Lions took the first two blasting to a 20 point win on the Tigers home court then eking out a 6 pointer in the CSAA playoff opener.
Newaygo has had a good year despite stumbling out of the blocks at 1-3 including a puzzling loss to an OV team who won only one other time all season and ended on a 17 game losing streak. Since then Newaygo has won most of the games they should have and played well against a potent Big Rapids team twice. They got beaten pretty badly by Hart a week ago but there’s a long line of teams that the Pirates have had their way with. Decker, Long and Nelson generally do the bulk of the scoring but Wells and Harkness are vital pieces of the starting 5 and the bench runs deep with Bazzett, Klomp, Grugett and Kerr among the players who deliver some energy when they enter.
Coach Long: "This District should be competitive. There are a lot of teams that can beat each other so it should be a fun tournament. Sparta is the #1 seed so they are the team to beat but there will be some interesting matchups making it a fun week."
Grant has a lot of weapons on offense as Obenauf, Swanson, Barnhart, Whitney, Rider and a few more can all put up numbers. The Tigers average 60 points a game and have been over 70 six times. They’ve been a bit streaky, though. After an opening loss to a really good Ludington team they peeled off 3 straight wins then promptly lost their next 4, followed by 4 wins in a row, 2 losses and another 3 game win streak.
Coach Schuitema "We're hoping to shoot well, compete and avenge losses to Newaygo and Fremont and give ourselves a chance in the finals against the other side's best, which I suspect will be Sparta."
Look for this one to come down to whether the Tigers can limit Decker on the glass and which team gets hot from outside.
The winner gets a shot at Fremont. The Packers took a late January matchup with the Tigers on the Grant court but it didn’t come easy. The Packers have some strong leadership with the varsity veterans Coach Bowen mentions with one being the player that would be my number one choice in a pickup game, McDonald. I haven’t seen the Packers lately but after beating Grant they lost 7 of their last 9 games and while it was a tough run of teams…
Coach Bowen: "I think Sparta is the favorite in our district. In order for us to be successful we need to rebound and play with great focus and intensity. We have been up and down all year and we will need to put everything together for two games to have a chance to win. We will lean on our three captains, Jordon McDonald, Chaz Miller and Gavin Richards, but we will need contributions from everyone."
Comstock Park comes in having lost 11 of their last 13 including 5 in a row. They’re at home and playing a West Catholic team that has only beaten 2 teams. Allendale twice and Holland Christian once.
Should the Panthers advance as expected they will play Sparta for the third time this season. The previous two games they failed to finish with 20 points of the Spartans
The likelihood of the Spartans being the upper bracket team in the finals are more than a little good. Things can happen and upsets indeed do occur but neither the Panthers nor the Falcons can match the depth of Sparta
Mason County Central District
Shelby (11-11) v Manistee (5-17) 7pm
Hesperia (4-17) v White Cloud (12-9) 5:30pm
Shelby /Manistee winner v MCC (15-7)
Give Hesperia Coach Worcester and his Panther team some credit for pulling out the wins they notched. Each was a close hard fought game.
Beating White Cloud would indicate a 45 point improvement since they met nearly 3 months ago. Not saying there hasn’t been improvement but the Cloud hasn’t exactly remained the same team they were back then either.
Coach Jones: “Mason County Central is the #1 seed and being at home,you would probably give them the nod as the favorite to win it all. But they have to get through the winner of Manistee/ Shelby first and Shelby just beat the host last week. Should be a fun week. In order for us to win it all starts with our starting five ( Strait, Ruether, Watson and both Robinson brothers) who must play well. But it's got to come down to the names that come off the bench like McGowen, J.Ruether and some you may not have heard of yet!”
Ravenna (8-14) v WMC (7-15) 7pm
Kent City (13-8) v Holton (1-21) 5:30pm
Ravenna/WMC winner v.North Muskegon (17-4)
Holton has not had a stellar year but barring an injury to one of their key starters they Hope to make a showing on their home court.
Coach Swanson: "North Muskegon is the favorite in our district. I'd say Kent City would be #2. For us to do something in the tournament first we need Carter Brant healthy. He rolled his ankle tonight and we'll see how he looks at practice. We'd also have to rebound much better than we have this year, and keep our opponents out of the paint. When Carter Brant and Brodrick Fialek are shooting at a high clip our chances of hanging around go up significantly. A noteworthy stat for us is; in our only win this season Jayce and Keon McMillan combined for 29 points. If they could get anywhere near that we look like an entirely different team."
Coyotes Nip Cloud
Turnovers lead to road loss
Photos by Bobbie Cruzan
Reed City 65 White Cloud 61
The White Cloud Boys wrapped up their regular season with another tough loss to Reed City, the team that barely edged them 2 weeks ago on the Coyote court. The Cloud finished the season with a 12-7 record while going 6-4 in league play placing them in a tie for 5th in the 11 team conference. The trams were competing in the CSAA second tier playoff final after WC bested Chip Hills on Wednesday and Reed City sent Tri County home.
Coach Jones: “We played well enough to win, just had too many turnovers. But we should be battle tested for next week's district run. Proud of this group and the heart they bring every night and excited for next week.”
Kevin Strait dropped a team high 15 points white Mason Ruether knocked down 13. Jared Watson hit for 9 and Noah and Jayden Robinson each finished with 7.
District play begins next Wednesday when the Cloud will travel to Scottville for a semifinal contest with Hesperia.
Lions Bit By 4th Quarter Blues
Lions Bit By 4th Quarter Blues
Initial conference playoff title goes to the Cardinals
Photos by Alexis Mercer
Story by Ken DeLaat
Big Rapids 60 Newaygo 45
Just 2 weeks ago these teams went at it on the Newaygo home court and the Cardinals pulled out a win to claim the CSAA title. This time it was to be in the Cardinal home gym where the BR team had not lost a game all season. And this time a different title was on the line. It was the inaugural CSAA playoffs and the 2 teams were the finalists in the top tier of the conference matchups.
It was a heck of a game for 3 quarters.
The Lions and Cards put on an epic show of basketball for about 25 minutes. They battled back and forth with the lead exchanging hands several times. The first half proved to be opportunistic basketball. A furious first quarter saw the teams take measure of each other and when the dust settled the hosts held a 12-11 lead.
The second started with a 6-0 run by the Lions courtesy of buckets by Caris Nelson, Dyllan Bazzett and Blake Kerr. The Cards answered with a three by Zander Prince but Logan Klomp and Bryce Decker baskets sandwiched another Prince bucket then Bazzett rifled a half court pass to Klopm who converted and the Lions were up 6. Karlito McKinney split a pair at the line and Decker slid a shot in from down under and the half ended with Newaygo on top 25-20.
The third saw the Cards begin to unleash some triples while Decker and Josiah Long handled much of the Lion scoring. By the time they entered the final frame BR was clutching a 41-40 lead, neither team had players in foul trouble and both teams wanted this one badly.
Then came the fourth. Prince began the scoring with a basket and Long was fouled and responded by converting both shots. It was still a 1 point game.
The Cards took over. They went on an 11-0 run that saw the Lions hit by turnovers and ice cold shooting. Nelson finally broke the drought with a 2 pointer but it was too little too late and the Cardinals prevailed.
Nelson finished with 12 points and 6 assists while Decker put in 11 and took down 7 boards. Long hit for 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and Bazzett finished with 7 points.
Newaygo will head to Comstock Park Monday for a third game against Grant in their District opener, white Big Rapids hosts their own District facing off with another state ranked team when Ludington comes to town also on Monday.
Cloud Clips Chip Hills
Photos by Bobbie Cruzan
Coach Jones: "The White Cloud Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted Chip Hills and came away with a 66/39 victory to close out our home games for the year and to send our seniors off with a guaranteed winning season.
"All fourteen players saw action tonight and contributed to the win. First winning season here in a long time. Proud of how well they played tonight and all year. Quick turnaround as we head to Reed City tomorrow night.
Jared Watson had a game high 13 pts, Kevin Strait 12, Jason Ruether 9, Noah and Jayden Robinson each added 8 pts.
Girls District Roundup
It was a rocky week for N3 World Headquarters with internet and power both taking an untimely and far too long sabbatical from the premises.
Still the games continued.
Newaygo and Fremont tangled in the Montague District opener with the Packers coming out on top 46-29.
Coach Zerlaut -- "We expected Newaygo to be ready to play. They jumped out early on us, but we were able to play through some opening quarter nerves and gain our footing a little. The third quarter was big for us to gain some momentum and confidence as we opened up the lead a bit. However, Newaygo didn't go away and battled until the end."
Coach Thomasma: “Kind of the story of the year for us. We played well at times but just didn’t sustain it throughout the whole game. Too many second half turnovers did us in tonight. Fremont deserves credit. They played well tonight.”
In the Lakeview District Holton came back from an early deficit against the Wildcats to capture the win 46-39 and move on to a Wednesday battle with Kent City
Coach Jordan: We were lucky enough to get out of there with a win to be honest We found ourselves in unfamiliar territory as Abbie Fowler, our PG (And the one girl that never comes out in almost any game) tweaked her back in the first minute of the game and was done for the half. Lakeview jumped out to a 11-2 lead I think as we were all out of sorts and trying to find our footing.. we eventually did a little and got it back to 11-11 after 1… we went into half down 19-23. Second half we grounded it out and we’re able to slowly take and keep the lead through the end but Lakeview was always there.
Their coach has done a great job of getting them to compete. They are young and scrappy. Layla Cannady hit 4 free throws to ice it for us. Ryann Robins came up big especially in the second half and Aubrey Goyings energy all night was a real difference for us tonight.. she kept a ton of plays alive with her activity.
Several girls stepped up and gave us good minutes…really happy with the way we found a way thru the adversity we faced tonight
We need to regroup and get ready for Kent City as we know what that brings, hopefully Abbie Fowler can get some treatment and be ready to go.. we need her more than ever for that game.
Fremont's season ended with a 34-22 loss against Montague in the second round of District play at Montague on Wednesday night. The Wildcats used full court pressure defense to jump out to a 14-5 lead after the first quarter. The Packers settled in and used solid defense to hold a 7-4 advantage in the second quarter, but trailed 18-12 at the half. Montague outscored the Packers 11-4 in the third for a 29-16 lead at the end of the quarter. Fremont held a 6-5 advantage in the fourth to set the final score. The Packers finished with 27 turnovers in the game.
Emma Peterson led Montague with 15 points, while 7 other players combined for the remaining points scored despite nobody having more than 4. Fremont only had four players tally points, led by Olivia Hansen and Jessica Bennett with 7 each and Lily VandenBerg with 6. The Packers finished the season with a 9-15 record. Montague stands at 16-7, and moves on to play Whitehall in the District 40 Finals on Friday at Montague.
Coach Zerlaut -- "Montague's pressure defense was the difference in the game. Our girls played with great energy and effort, but we struggled to maintain control of the ball. Even when we effectively broke the press, our shots just looked rushed. They did a good job of speeding us up and taking us out of our comfort zone."
White Cloud opened their post season play facing a steamrolling Spartan squad that ended the Cloud’s season with a 54-29 win.
Coach Wilk: We started off strong in the 1st quarter, and we were tied up at 8-8 to start the 2nd. In the 2nd MCC was able to get their bigs involved, and they took the lead going into halftime 24-14. They came out swinging in the 3rd as well, scoring another 18 points, and we found the basket for 11. Going into the 4th we were down 42-25.
With not being able to practice Monday or Tuesday I felt like our girls did pretty well tonight. We have struggled against height all year, and we did well against their bigs in the 1st quarter. We also took away their outside shooters for most of the night. Unfortunately, they found their bigs later on in the game, and their mid range game was on tonight. Earlier in the season this team beat us up pretty good, so I was happy to see our improvement since then.
Kiara Edwards ended her career with a good night of shooting. She led us with 11 points. Gaby Reeve added 10 points as well.
Grant fell short by a point in a low scoring game against the Vikings of Whitehall. After falling behind early behind a tendency toward turnovers the Tigers battled back but the Vikes prevailed 33-32. The Grant offense was held under 40 points for just the 4th time this season.
Holton saw their season come to an end at 12-12 with a loss to state ranked Kent City. The Devs stayed with a point after one but a 17-4 Eagle advantage in the second put Holton in a deep hole and they could not recover.
District play continues with some long time rivals vying for a trip to Regionals. Montague faces Whitehall in the Montague District While Kent City and Morley Stanwood go at it in Lakeview and Hart takes on Mason County Central on the Pirate home court.
It will be the third meeting for each of these pairings with Morley, MCC and Whitehall hoping the third time's the charm as each have lost their previous 2 games to their opponents.
It’s Tourney Time For Girls B-Ball
A look at this week’s District pairings and a few words from area coaches
By Ken DeLaat, N3 Sports
Photos by Mike Gesler, Alexis Mercer, and Bobbie Cruzan
I love this time of year when every team gets a new shot at glory in an all inclusive postseason extravaganza known as Tournament Time (aka March Madness-high school version).
710 teams will play in the tournament and of those 710 teams only 4 will not end the season with a loss. Yes, 706 teams finish the season having fallen short on the court.
It’s a grueling grind getting through Districts, facing some of the best teams in the state in the Regionals and should a team make it to the Quarterfinals they are among the elite squads across the two peninsulas.
A win gets you a trip to Lansing and the Big Weekend when another pair of wins gets you every bragging right in the state.
N3 followed the Newaygo Girls team who battled their way to that final contest 2 years ago finally falling to a talented and red hot Portland team. It was a magical ride few teams get to experience.
Here’s hoping our local teams can catch a little magic. After all, as Coach Thomasma said, “everyone is 0-0 now.”
We caught up with our area coaches to get a bit of feedback on how they see the upcoming week.
Montague District- D2
Newaygo (6-15) vs. Fremont (8-14) 7pm
Whitehall (11-10) vs. Grant (14-7) 5:30pm
Newaygo/Fremont winner vs. Montague (15-7) 7pm
Favorites: Gotta be Grant and Montague. Grant has beat everyone in the District besides Montague (who beat them) So it has to be those two teams by far.
Success: Taking care of the basketball is the #1 priority for our team. If we do that, I think we can be competitive in this District. We're not super explosive on offense so not giving teams extra possessions will be a focus point. Rebounding is the other key. We have to do a better job of consistently rebounding the basketball.
Players: We don't really have a lot of postseason playing experience on our team besides Grace Painter (Riddering and Toth have a little bit) so we're going to need our new players ("old" and "young") to step up if we want to advance in this postseason. The team is looking forward to the challenge of playing a tough Fremont team on Monday and we've embraced that everyone is 0-0 now.
Montague and Grant are the top two seeds for a reason. They have been the most consistent teams in our District this season. However, I think that every team in our District is capable of beating each other on a given night. Grant has had many games where they put up a lot of points, and probably has the best individual offensive player in Ashbaugh. Most of us have played each other at least once this season and the games have been close. It’s a very evenly matched District and will come down to which team plays well each night next week. I don’t think anyone will have the luxury of playing poorly and still getting by with a win. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset or two that result in a different finals matchup at the end of the week than most expect.
Montague has to be the favorite. They are the number one seed for a reason. They have impressive wins over quality teams and have played teams like Hart closely. From there, it's anyone's game. We obviously have beat the remaining teams, but our inexperience in big games has hurt us this season. We need a good game to get through Whitehall and then will have to play extremely well to beat Montague. Julie Ashbaugh will need to continue to play at a high level and when Jayci Hance scores over 10 points, I like our chances. We have several others in our rotation that can get hot, and if we do, we are hard to beat.
Hart District- D3
Hesperia (1-21) vs. Shelby (9-13) 6pm
White Cloud (8-12) vs. Mason County Central (18-4) 5:30pm
Hesperia/Shelby winner vs. Hart (19-3)
WHITE CLOUD INDIANS
We have played all the teams in this district, and Hart and Mason County Central are the teams to beat. They are 1st and 2nd in West Michigan Conference-Rivers. Hart is 18-3 with their three losses coming to some of the best teams in the area. Mason County Central is 17-3 and two of those losses have come to Hart. We are matched up against Mason County Central on Wednesday. They have Wren Nelson who is a huge post presence for them, and then around her they have very capable shooters to knock down the outside shot. Hart is a shorter team, but they are very physical with great on ball defenders. Their Sophomore Addi Hovey is a very athletic basketball player. She can guard anyone on the court, and has one of the fastest first steps I have seen.
For us to take down this district we will have to play back to back great games. Currently we have four or five girls nursing various injuries, so we need to get healthy for starters. We will also need our defense to hold these teams to around 40 points or less which will be a challenge in itself because Hart averages 59 ppg, and MCC averages 47 ppg. We have had our moments this season where we show that we can hang tough with these types of teams for a few quarters, but we haven’t been able to do it for a full game. We need to show it for a full game to have a shot. We know what Jaden Gomez and Gaby Reeve bring most nights offensively, and we will need a few of our other girls to step up and score a few points to win.
Lakeview (7-15) vs. Holton (11-11) 7pm
Ravenna (9-13) vs. Morley Stanwood (14-5) 5:30pm
Lakeview/Holton winner vs. Kent City 7pm
HOLTON RED DEVILS
Obviously the favorite as it is most years would be Kent City. We have Lakeview first and the winner gets Kent City. I don’t look past any opponent and Lakeview has put together a few wins in the last few weeks and probably have more confidence then they have had in several years. We need to be ready for them. If we are lucky enough to get the win,then we would play Kent City.
If I'm being honest a lot would have to go our way, mixed in with some foul trouble from Bowers and Geers. Taking care of the ball would be the key for us to have a chance, something we have struggled with. We have been up and down all year as we are sitting at 11-11 this year. Kent City is an uphill battle that most teams in this area haven’t been able to climb in the past years. But if we can take care of the ball, shoot the best percentage on the year with a little foul trouble help, we might be able to make a game of it. Not totally out of the equation but we would definitely be the heavy, heavy underdog. We just would like to keep it as close as we can and be within some sort of reasonable range when the 4th starts to have a chance.
Manistee 58 Fremont 45
The Packers struggled in the first half on offense, while Manistee hit four 3-pointers and had multiple fast break baskets that led to a 12-5 advantage after one quarter and a 26-13 lead at halftime. Fremont came out to start the second half by quickly trimming the lead to 8 at 30-22, but Manistee went on a 10-0 run to build a 40-22 lead. Fremont went on a 7-2 run to end the third quarter, but still trailed 42-29 heading into the fourth. They again started strong, trimming the Chippewa lead to 7 at one point but Manistee held on down the stretch making 11 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Fremont was led by Olivia Hansen's 15 points and Jessica Bennett had 13. Manistee' s Jayna Edmondson had a game-high 20 points and Mariah Bialik had 15. The Packers finish the regular season with an overall record of 8-14 and a 5-7 record in the WMC Lakes Division. Manistee finished with an overall record of 10-12 and also a 5-7 record in the conference. The two teams tied for fourth in conference play.
Coach Zerlaut -- "Credit Manistee for coming out so strong to start the game. We struggled and fell behind early. We played a much better second half. We were more aggressive on both ends of the floor and executed much better on offense. We had a couple really good runs to close the gap, but just couldn't get all the way back and they did a good job of making free throws late in the game."
Grant 69 Morley Stanwood 64
The visiting Tigers hit from the charity stripe when it counted, draining 9 of 10 fourth quarter tries to close out a tough conference game and a tough conference season.
The win elevated the Tigers into a 3 way ties for second place in the CSAA and gives them a spot in the top tier playoffs beginning next week.
Oakley Obenauf led the team in scoring with 19 followed by Zak Barnhart with 12 and Chase Geers with 11. Lucas Swanson added 9 with Blake Rider and Zaiden Phillips chipping in 8 each.
Roaring Into The Postseason
Newaygo 69 Chippewa Hills 50
In their final home game of the season the Lions gave their fans plenty to cheer about with a dominant victory over the Warriors and senior Bryce Decker said goodbye to his longtime home court by dropping a cool 35 points on the visitors.
CH kept it close in the first and were within 4 before Josiah Long connected from distance to make it 14-7 going into the second quarter. The Warriors struggled on offense and were unable to convert some early scoring opportunities, an issue they would not be able to shake much of the night. By intermission the Lions had built the lead to a dozen points. In the third Newaygo outscored Chip Hills 20-14 with Decker knocking down 16 of the 20 Lion points. The 4th saw the benches empty early and the teams play even to the buzzer giving the hosts the victory.
Long fired in an even dozen points and senior Remy Wells, who had a lot of signage love from the crowd in his final home appearance, knocked down 7. Decker also took 10 off the glass to go with the nearly three dozen points he put in the book.
The win capped a successful conference season for the Lions who finished in a 4 way tie for second place behind D2 #9 Big Rapids. After playing a makeup game with Hart (the #12 team in D2) on Saturday, Newaygo will take part in the 2 game Conference playoff this week before beginning District play in Comstock Park next week.
CSAA Playoff Results
Grant 51 Newaygo 40
The Lions battled their way to a 22-15 lead at intermission but it turned out to be a big 3rd quarter for the Tigers as they entered the 4th holding a 32-29 edge. The hosts held back a couple of Lion ruins and secured the win.
Coach Delamater: “We had a decent 1st quarter, but a terrible 2nd. Jayci Hance and Julie Ashbaugh got in foul trouble and we struggled to get our composure. Credit to Newaygo for putting the pressure on and making a run. We made some adjustments at half and it led to a big run in the 3rd quarter to get the lead back. Hance and Ashbaugh led us down the stretch with 5 and 6 points respectively in the fourth quarter to seal the win for us.
Coach Thomasma: "Good first half for the girls. Had a scoring drought in the 3rd quarter that put us in too big of a hole. 4th quarter we just didn't get our hands on the rebounds and Grant did and that was the big story of the game. We have to do a better job on the glass to beat a team like Grant."
Ashbaugh scored 14 of her game high 17 points in the second half. Hance finished with 7 while Alexa Obenauf hit for 6 and Emma Thompson 5.
The Lions were led by Addison Goodin who took 10 off the glass to go with her team high 11 points. Naomi Schillman also banged home double figures finishing with 11 points and grabbing 3 steals and Grace Painter knocked down 6 points and added 6 boards to the stat sheet.
Grant will host Reed City on Thursday.
Reed City 35 White Cloud 18
Coach Wilk: “We shored up our rebounding tonight compared to last Friday. We led 5 to 3 at the end of the 1st quarter, and then we led at half 11 to 9. Our defensive rotations in the 1st half were probably the best we had all year. We held Malackanich to 3 first half points which was a huge win for us, but she really hurt us in the 2nd half scoring 12 more points. In the 3rd quarter they took fire for 18 points, and we only scored 2. They led 27 to 13 going into the 4th. The final score ended up being very comparable to last Friday 35-18.
“Leading the way for us tonight was Gaby Reeve with 8 points. Gracy Holmes earned her first start and added 4 points. Jorja Baker and Tanayah Klammer each added a three.”
Kent City 65 Morley Stanwood 49
Big Rapids 46 Central Montcalm 24
Lakeview 37 Chippewa Hills 28