Battle Creek Central’s Kayla Freeman hit a 3-pointer with :07 left in regulation to give the Bearcats a come-from-behind 48-47 victory over city rival Lakeview in girls’ basketball action on Friday.
BCC improves to 3-5 on the season with the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division victory.
“We rely on her. Everything goes through her and she hits a clutch 3 in a big moment,” BCC coach Brian Driscoll said of Freeman. “She’s not a 3-point shooter. When she shoots it, we usually cross our fingers and hope. But she hit a big shot tonight.”
BCC trailed 41-28 at the end of the third quarter, but the Bearcats rallied to outscore the Spartans 20-6 in the final period.
“I told the girls it’s all about toughness. I told them it would come down to who is going to make some plays. Lakeview is the toughest team we’ve played all year, so for us to come back in the end and win shows how tough we played tonight,” Driscoll added.
Freeman led all scorers with 18 points for the Bearcats with Madisson Jackson adding nine points.
Lakeview falls to 6-3 on the season with Casey Looper leading the Spartans with 17 points as Kirby Homer and Kayla Davis added eight points each.
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(At) St. Philip 58, Burr Oak 17: The host Tigers — honorable mention in Class D — remained unbeaten on the campaign and is now 7-0 after this SCAA victory, Scarlett Shirley led St. Philip with 14 points. Also, Kelsey Vonk had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
(At) Harper Creek 39, Sturgis 8: The host Beavers — honorable mention in Class B — was led by Sarah Ressler with 11 points and four rebounds, and Jozlin Johnson with six points and five assists.
(At) Olivet 51, Pennfield 26: Hayley Walkowski had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as the host Eagles improved to 8-1 overall and 7-0 in the KVA. Also for Olivet, Allison Kirk had 10 points and six rebounds, and Kelsey Fraley had 10 points. Pennfield (5-3, 5-2) received seven points and three rebounds from Baylee Shelton, and six points from Taylor Wilcox.
Athens 47, (at) Homer 33: The Indians — ranked No. 5 in the state in Class D — used a balanced attack in improving to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Eight. Audrey Oswalt led Athens with 14 points, nine steals and eight rebounds. Also, Allison Fuller had 10 points and four steals; and Allysha Beal and Chantel Davenport had eight points apiece. Homer (7-3, 3-3) was paced by Stephanie Osborn’s 13 points.
(At) Climax-Scotts 53, Bellevue 15: The host Panthers improved to 9-3 overall and 6-1 in the SCAA . Fallon Froberg led C-S with 19 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Also, Stephanie Cochran had 12 points, six assists and five steals; Destiny Froberg had eight points and five assists. Bellevue was led by Alliceea Moreno’s seven points.
Marshall 57, (at) Loy Norrix 33: Tierra Orban led a balanced Redhawks scoring attack with 12 points and she also had six steals, five rebounds and four assists as Marshall improved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the SMAC East. Also for Marshall, Logan Kiessling had 10 points and seven rebounds; Sarah Huffman had 10 points; Laura VanDyke had nine points ; and Layla Harvey had seven points, eight assists and five steals.
(At) Schoolcraft 29, Maple Valley 22: Hanna Kyle had six points in the loss for the Lions (1-8, 1-6 KVA).
(At) Colon 58, Tekonsha 38: Makayla Craun had careerhighs of 20 points and 24 rebounds in the win for Colon. Also for the Magi (3-5, 2-0 SCAA), Shaunta Adams had 17 points and five rebounds, Skyler Harvey had 10 points and six rebounds and Taya Bower had six points and six rebounds.
Delton Kellogg 44, (at) G-A 39: Mallory Sewell netted 17 points to lead the Panthers past the Rams in KVA play. Brooke Martin added 11 points for Delton Kellogg. Galesburg-Augusta (5-4, 4-3) received 13 points from Leah Savage; and eight points from Kathryn Dooley.
Bronson 34, (at) Centreville 17: Kassidy Bystry had nine points and Skyler Sobeski seven as the visiting Vikings prevailed. Bronson led 22-10 at halftime.
Quincy 34, (at) Union City 31: Sarah Ward led the victorious Orioles in this Big Eight matchup with seven points, five rebounds and two steals. Also, Bailey Knaack and Andrea Ferrin had six points apiece.
Albion 30, (at) Madison Heights Academy 24: Cortazia Wilson had 19 points, seven steals, seven blocks and 15 rebounds as the Wildcats (1-6) earned their first win of the season.
(At) Gull Lake 35, Coldwater 21: Jori Fell netted 11 points as Gull Lake — honorable mention in Class A — won this SMAC East game. Kelsey Bauer added nine points for the Blue Devils. Meghan Schorfhaar led Coldwater with six points.
Will Carlton Academy 36, (at) Calhoun Christian 25: Cristina Craft had 11 points and eight rebounds in Calhoun Christian’s (3-3, 0-1 Mid South) setback. Also, Kelsey Snowball had five points and 14 rebounds.