The Patrick Johnson era at Battle Creek Central began on a successful note Tuesday, with the Bearcats’ bench coming up big in a 46-43 victory over visiting Jackson in non-conference girls’ basketball action.
Three BCC starters fouled out in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, so the Bearcats had to rely on their reserves to close out the narrow win for their first-year head coach.
“It was a huge win for the program to go right out the gate with the win,” said Johnson. “The girls have been working really hard, so it felt good for them to get out here and see their hard work pay off. One of the things we talk about this year is family and stepping up and having each other’s backs. And tonight they had each other’s backs.”
BCC’s KaLeah Ryan had a monster game with 19 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Also for the Bearcats, Jamesha Smith had nine points and eight rebounds, while Tamera Gills had seven points and five rebounds.
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(At) Stevensville-Lakeshore 70, Lakeview 37: Ava Cook finished with 11 points in the season-opening loss for Lakeview.
(At) Marshall 64, Portage Central 22: Nikki Tucker had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the lopsided opening win for the Redhawks. Also for Marshall, Jill Konkle had 10 points along with four rebounds, Logan Kiessling had eight points and six rebounds, Cortazia Wilson had eight points and five rebounds and Carlee Long had eight points and four assists.
Factoryville 25, (at) Calhoun Christian 23: Calhoun Christian was outscored 12-5 in the second half as the Cougars were narrowly edged in their first game of the season. Kara Twiest had six points and two assists and Abby Parks had five points and five steals to lead Calhoun Christian. Also for the Cougars, Kortney Steele had eight rebounds and two assists.
(At) Union City 32, Colon 14: Rachel Grinnel led Union City with nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Also for the Chargers, Riley Smith had eight points and eight rebounds, four steals and two assists, and Haley Harty had seven points. Colon was led by Anessa Broker with eight points.
Allegan 37, (at) Delton Kellogg 34: Allegan hit a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to net the victory. Kristen Mohn knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 34, and finished with a game-high 22 points.