Despite a slow start, the Beavers were able to finish strong as Harper Creek beat Battle Creek Central, 50-30, in this Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division girls’ basketball game on Friday.
With the game close throughout the first half, Harper Creek only led BCC, 17-14, at intermission. But the Beavers exploded for 19 points just in the third quarter and outscored the Bearcats 33-16 in the second half for the 20-point win.
“The first half we were settling for a whole lot of jumpers and we weren’t aggressive enough on offense,” Harper Creek girls’ basketball coach Matt Ellenwood said. “Our scorers are young and sometimes they need a little prodding to score. But they got going in the second half.”
Reagan Dishaw, Oliva Leson and Jacey Bowers each scored 11 points for Harper Creek, as the Beavers improve to 9-5 overall and 7-4 in the division. Leson also grabbed 12 rebounds and five steals with Nicole Gilbert handing out five assists.
Battle Creek Central was led by Madisonn Jackson with 11 points as the Bearcats fall to 4-11 overall and 4-7 in the division.
(At) Marshall 39, Lakeview 31: Tierra Orban had 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Redhawks — ranked No. 9 in Class B — remained atop the SMAC East standings with the triumph. Also for Marshall (13-2, 9-1), Logan Kiessling had eight points and eight rebounds, and Cortazia Wilson had six points. Casey Looper led the Spartans (9-6, 6-4) with 12 points.
(At) Pennfield 69, Schoolcraft 26: Shelby Miller led the way with 21 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals as the host Panthers improved to 8-7 overall and 8-5 in the KVA.. Also for Pennfield, Kayler Beech had a career-high 12 points and two rebounds, England Bennett had 10 points and five boards, and Jessica Roan had nine points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Schoolcraft is now 6-9, 6-8.
(At) Bellevue 45, St. Philip 35: Janelle Kuiper netted 19 points and Tara Kuiper had 15 points and five steals as the host Broncos topped the Tigers in SCAA action on Senior Night. Also for Bellevue (7-7, 5-4), Casie Shannon had six rebounds. For St. Philip (8-6, 6-3), Megan Gordon had 16 points and Emily Freybler scored eight.
(At) Calhoun Christian 53, Marshall Academy 35: Claire Tribbett produced 22 points and eight steals as the Cougars improved to 9-4 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-South. Also for Calhoun Christian, Haley Flach had 11 points and four assists, and Kara Twiest and Emily Williams had seven points apiece. Sofiya Stumpos led Marshall Academy with nine points.
(At) Gull Lake 65, Loy Norrix 24: The host Blue Devils remained hot in the race for first place in the SMAC East with this victory. Offensively for Gull Lake (13-1, 8-1), Morgan Nusbaum had 19 points, Mackenzie Latt 17 and Kelsey Bauer 15. Loy Norrix is now 2-12, 1-10.
Olivet 53, (at) G-A 22: Hayley Walkowski led Class B honorable mention Olivet with 22 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Kelsey Walkowski added 11 points and Dallie Flower scored seven points with nine rebounds for Olivet (14-1, 13-0 KVA). Kathryn Dooley scored seven points in the loss for Galesburg-Augusta (8-3, 8-5 KVA).
K-Christian 35, (at) Maple Valley 31: Olivia Ricketts had seven points in the Lions’ home loss. Maple Valley is now 2-10 overall and 2-9 in the KVA; Kalamazoo Christian is 6-9, 5-8.
(At) Parchment 67, Delton Kellogg 36: The host Panthers received 14 points and five rebounds from Kristen Mohn in the KVA setback. Also for Delton Kellogg (4-10, 4-8), Sarah Rendon had 12 points, and Kelsi Kienitz had six rebounds. Parchment is 11-3, 11-2.
Bronson 39, (at) Cen
treville 22: Skyler Sobeski had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Vikings’ victory. Also, Kinslea Blouin (three assists) and Liz Baker had eight points each.