There were plenty of underclassmen hitting big shots Friday night in Marysville’s 53-51 win against St. Clair, and they were wearing both jerseys.
It was Marysville sophomore Ross Hinkley who hit the biggest shot, a go-ahead 3-pointer with 22 seconds left on the clock, but the Saints youthful team also was making big plays throughout the game.
St. Clair started two freshmen — Ben Davidson and Mario Mattson —and a sophomore — Eric Williams. It was Williams who led all scorers in the game with 19 points, and that included five 3-pointers. Three of those came in the third quarter as St. Clair clawed its way back into the game.
Mattson and Davidson, meanwhile, had four and eight points, respectively, and showed flashes of brilliance that Saints’ fans can expect to see for the next four seasons. Whether it was Mattson calmly hitting a floater in transition or Davidson not hesitating to drain a long 3-pointer or drive the length of the floor for a layup as the third-quarter clock wound down, the freshmen looked as up to the challenge of playing in front a large crowd in a big game as anyone else on the floor.
“Loud gym, so they had to try to get themselves into things at times because they couldn’t hear instruction,” St. Clair coach Shawn Sharrow said, speaking of his entire team. “It’s good for them, this kind of environment is good for them. We have to play in these types of games and get these experiences in order to grow.”
In other area boys action:
•Garrett Bondy converted a 3-point play with 1.5 seconds remaining to give Yale a 47-44 win against North Branch. Austen Gentner led the Bulldogs with 12 points, while Cody Kegley had 10.
•Jeffrey Randolph scored 18 points to lead Brown City to a 46-37 win against Armada.
•Cole Avers scored 25 points as Marine City defeated Cardinal Mooney 61-45. Alex Merchant added 17 for the Mariners.
•Cameron Koch had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Landmark Academy in a 45-35 loss against Akron-Fairgrove.
•Andrew Storm scored 20 points for Marlette in a 79-69 loss against Reese. Austin Redman added 13 for the Red Raiders, while Connor Thomas had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Isaac Dale had 10 points.
In girls action:
•Marine City and St. Clair each moved to within a pair of wins of last year’s totals on Friday night. Marine City (4-0) did so with its 50-26 win against Madison. Paige Tranchida led the way with 14 points, while Erica Calu had 11.
St. Clair (3-1), meanwhile, defeated New Haven 60-19 behind 16 points from Brooke Mahn. Maddie Brosky and Chelsea Schweiger each had 13.
•Rachel Sexton scored 11 points for Memphis in a 41-31 win against Landmark. Jenna Lesch added 10 for the Yellowjackets, while Tina Zavala had 12 for Landmark.
•Hayley Nelson and Keegan Nelson each scored 12 points for Sandusky in its 58-36 win against Laker.
•Devan Valko had 22 points in Marysville’s 59-42 win against Lake Shore, while Payton Husson had 19 points and 13 rebounds.
•North Huron defeated Peck 33-30. Cheyenne Johnson led Peck with eight points.