Battle Creek Central earned its biggest win of the young season with a 53-48 victory over rival Lakeview in Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division girls’ basketball action on Friday.
“This is a really good win for us. We have played a brutal schedule, including playing a tough Lakeview team tonight, so this is a great win for the kids,” BCC coach Dic Doumanian said of his 2-4 team. “This is our arch rival and the kids were fired up for it.
“We hope we can build on this, go into our week off with some confidence and keep working on things.”
The game was tied at 19-19 at halftime, but Battle Creek Central took over early in the second half and took a 35-25 lead after Ka-Leah Ryan came up with a steal and a layup for the Bearcats with 1:30 left in the quarter.
Lakeview would come all the way back and actually take a 46-44 lead on a layup by Savannah Olsen with 2:10 remaining.
However, BCC would knock down key free throws late as Kaylee Ryan hit two to give the Bearcats the lead for good at 50-48 with :25 remaining.
Ka-Leah Ryan led BCC with 20 points, five steals and five assists with Madisonn Jackson adding 15 points and seven rebounds and Kaylee Ryan chipping in 14 points and nine rebounds.
Lakeview, which falls to 4-2, was led by Casey Looper with 13 points.
Harper Creek 46, (at) Sturgis 25: Olivia Leson netted 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Nicole Gilbert also had 13 points as the Beavers improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the SMAC East against the Trojans (1-4 overall). A night earlier, Harper Creek posted a 36-27 non-league road win over Hastings. In that one, Leson had nine points and four rebounds.
St. Philip 54, (at) Litchfield 25: Megan Gordon had 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Tigers improved to 3-3. Also for St. Philip, Emily Freybler had 12 points and five steals, Nina Winkler had 10 points and six steals, and Emily Schaub had eight points and 13 rebounds.
Galesburg-Augusta 42, Pennfield 39: G-A improved to 4-2 on the year behind Kathryn Dooley’s 10 points, six steals and three assists. Also for the Rams, Kati Thompson had nine points, 13 rebounds and three steals, while Leah Savage chipped in six points. For Pennfield (2-3), Shelby Miller had 11 points and five rebounds and England Bennett scored 10 points.
(At) Marshall 59, Loy Norrix 15: Logan Kiessling led a balanced Redhawks attack with 14 points and six rebounds as Marshall improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the SMAC East. Also for the Redhawks, Kelsey Postema had eight points and five rebounds; Jill Konkle had seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals; Layla Harkey had six points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists. Loy Norrix fell to 1-4 overall.
Hillsdale Academy 51, (at) Climax-Scotts 48: A last-second shot by the Panthers got fell short as Climax-Scotts fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the SCAA via the setback to HA (5-1 overall). McKenzie had 10 points and four steals for C-S. Also, Taylor Macomber had nine points; Taylor Piper had eight points, four steals and four rebounds; and Sydney Macomber had eight points.
(At) Union City 45, Qu
incy 28: Haley Harty produced 15 points and three rebounds as the host Chargers (3-4, 1-2 Big Eight) beat the Orioles. Also for Union City, Riley Smith had eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Gaby Masson had eight points for Quincy.
Homer 60, Reading 46: Bailey Manis led Homer to victory with 25 points and six assists. Alyssa Boyd also had a large part in the win with 18 points while Kristen Nelson chipped in six points and six steals for Homer (4-2, 2-1 Big Eight).
(At) Marshall Academy 37, Calhoun Christian 26: The host Griffons improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-South as Cheyenne Blaine led the way with 15 points while also contributing 15 rebounds and five steals. Also, Elayna Hoyt had 11 points. For Calhoun Christian (3-2, 1-1), Claire Tribbett had 11 points, five steals and three assists.