The girls and boys basketball teams played a doubleheader on Friday night at Milford, and both went home with overtime wins.
The girls started things with a 51-49 victory, with three players in double figures as the Pirates (5-11 overalll, 2-8 KLAA West) finished fifth in the division.
Pinckney got off to a fast start, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 17 points in the first quarter.
The Mavericks (7-9. 4-6) came right back in the second, taking a 25-22 lead at halftime. The Pirates led by a basket after three quarters, 33-31.
Shannon Dingman had 15 points for the Pirates, including three of Pinckney’s seven 3-pointers for the game. Lexi Curtis had 11 and Chloe Hanifan added 10 for the Pirates.
Trailing by five with 1:20 to go, Pinckney’s boys (7-9, 5-5) rallied to force overtime and eventually outlasted Milford, 46-45.
Andrew Kruk, who tied a team-high with 11 points, forced overtime with a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining.
Jacob Schmitter and Dylan Kelly also had 11 for the Pirates (7-9 overall, 5-5 KLAA West), while Matt Badalucco added seven as the four Pinckney seniors combined for 40 of the team’s 46 points.
Leading by one late in overtime, Pinckney’s top two free-throw shooters missed four straight on consecutive possessions in the double bonus with a chance to ice the game. Milford’s Devin Vogel had a bid to tie it at the buzzer, but his fade-away jumper from 12 feet rattled off iron.
“It was their Hall of Fame Night,” Pinckney coach Tom Reason said. “It was loud and it was crazy. The girls game right before us was also a one-point overtime game where the Milford girl missed a 3 at the buzzer. Just watching that had me stressed.
“For a fan, it doesn’t get much better. But if you were a coach, it was hell.”
Brighton 41, Hartland 36
HARTLAND – Sloan Armstrong had a team-high 12 points, and Colin McClelland added 10 for the Bulldogs (8-8, 6-4), who finished second in the KLAA West with the win.
Brighton jumped out with a 17-6 second quarter only to have Hartland (5-10, 3-7) come back with a 15-8 third quarter to stay within 30-28.
“We had a good second quarter but couldn’t pull away,” Brighton coach Mike Griest said. “They came out and pressed us into a couple bad turnovers to start the third and got it to be close.”
In the fourth, Mike Lloyd hit a pair of free throws with under a minute to go to clinch it.
Spencer Hayes had a game-high 15 points with Carson Miller adding nine for the Eagles.
Livingston Christian 52, Spring Vale Academy 45
OWOSSO – Daniel Zolinski had a career-high 34 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists for the Falcons (6-5).
“We had some pretty good ball movement and speed on the floor,” Livingston Christian coach Mike Zolinski said. “We pretty much exploited a height mismatch inside all night and played Daniel in the center. Everything went through him in the post.”
Williamston 64, Fowlerville 38
FOWLERVILLE – Williamston, ranked No. 3 in Class B, took a 12-point lead, 31-19, at halftime and never looked back.
“They’re a good team, and we knew that coming in,” Fowlerville coach Rod Jenison said. “We had only seven players tonight, with injuries, and with some foul issues, everyone played almost the same minutes tonight.”
Lexa Elzerman had a game-high 12 points for the Gladiators (4-13, 1-7 CAAC White).
Hartland 5, Trenton 1
TRENTON – Nathan Lipon had a hat trick for the Eagles (13-6-2) and Nick Snyder added two more as Hartland won a rematch of last year’s Division 2 state championship game.
Lipon scored twice in the first period, both shorthanded, as the Eagles rolled out to a 5-0 lead before Trenton got on the board in the third period.
Danny Smith had three assists and Zach Sexton two for Hartland.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central 1, Brighton 0
TRENTON – Grand Rapids Catholic scored the game-winner with 24 seconds left to end Brighton’s 12-game (9-0-3) unbeaten streak at the MIHL Showcase in Trenton.