OLIVET – In the season opener for both Pennfield and Olivet, the Panthers jumped out to an early 19-2 lead and looked as if they were going to cruise to victory. The Eagles clawed their way back into the game, however, and took the lead in the fourth quarter.
Pennfield kept battling and pulled out a 59-58 road victory to go 1-0 on the season.
“Olivet is always a tough place to play,” said Pennfield coach Steve Grimes. “It doesn’t matter what year, they always shoot well in their gym. We’re very pleased to come out with a win, especially in the first game of the year.”
With 20 seconds to go in the game, Steffen Kinne made a basket to tie the game at 58-58.
On the Eagles next possession, Pennfield’s Devaire Todd came up with a big steal and was fouled with 1.2 seconds left on the clock, sending him to the free throw line for a chance to win the game for the Panthers. Todd made one of his two shots, sealing the 59-58 victory for his team.
Kinne finished the game with 19 points, 14 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks, while Todd had 10 points.
Also for Pennfield, Ron Jamierson added nine points and seven boards. Peter Krauss pulled down seven rebounds.
For Olivet, Silver Dotts hauled in 16 rebounds, while Nick Jungel led the team in scoring with 19 points, and Delbert Redfield contributed 15 points.
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HARPER CREEK 53, ST. JOSEPH 50: Jeremiah Davis led the Beavers with 26 points and three assists in Tuesday’s season opener. Drake Johnson added eight points for Harper Creek, while David Thompson grabbed nine rebounds, Taylor Antes had five assists, and Jon Taylor and Jacory McNutt each had six boards.
“Getting that first win was huge,” said Harper Creek head coach Matt Bowling. “Going out there with a bunch of new faces was huge. We faced a lot of adversity tonight, and the way we won was a credit to the kid’s toughness, which will pay dividends later on down the road.”
ADRIAN LENAWEE CHRISTIAN 70, MARSHALL 61: In the season-opening loss for the Redhawks, senior Jacob Brubaker scored 32 points, followed by Tyler Torrey with nine, and Cam Face and Marcus Waters with seven each.
DANSVILLE 69, MAPLE VALLEY 39: Leading the Lions in the loss was Seth Gurd with 10 points, while Isiah Garn and Jacob Brighton each scored seven.
BELLEVUE 49, POTTERVILLE 35: The Broncos started the season off with a win over Potterville, led by freshman Wyatt Waterbury with 23 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Also contributing for Bellevue (1-0) was Ryan Madry, who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
CLIMAX-SCOTTS 56, ATHENS 43: In the losing effort, Sebastian Hamilton led all scorers with 20 points, and also pulled down 13 boards for the Indians (0-1).
KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN 57, GALESBURG-AUGUSTA 16: The Rams dropped their season opener, but got six points from Josh Saggie and three points from Trevor Patterson.
UNION CITY 58, (at) COLON 41: In the win for the Chargers, Jalen Bose dropped in 20 points, while also contributing six steals, five rebounds, and three assists. Also for Union City, Seth Bruce had 11 points and seven rebounds, Elijah Way had nine points and five assists, and Colin Kreger had nine points and three rebounds.
HOMER 68, BRONSON 32: For the Vikings in the loss, Branson Thenen finished the game with 12 points and three rebounds, while Jonah Klingler, Noah Roberts, and Luis DePaz each scored four points.
PENNFIELD 47, (at) OLIVET 38: Pennfield was led in scoring by Naomi Davis and Claire LaRoux, who each scored 16 points. Also for the Panthers (1-1), Bri Abercrombie came up big with nine rebounds, three points, and three steals.
LAKEVIEW 46, (at) COLDWATER 24: Lakeview improved to 2-1 with the non-conference road victory. Coldwater was led by Isabella Foley with 12 points.
CLIMAX-SCOTTS 50, (at) ATHENS 32: The Panthers improved their record to 2-0 on the season with a win over the Indians. For Climax-Scotts in the victory, Taylor Macomber led the way with 19 points and six rebounds, McKenzie Hennessy added 10 points. In the losing effort for Athens (1-1), Rachael Nobach had 10 points and four rebounds, while Noelle Fuller scored seven, grabbed 10 boards, and had three steals.
CONSTANTINE 43, (at) DELTON KELLOGG 39 (OT): Lindsey VanderVeen hit a 3-pointer to put the Panthers up by two late in regulation, but Constantine scored with under four seconds left to send the game to overtime, where Constantine eventually won. VanderVeen had 15 points for Delton Kellogg, and Sam Mohn had seven points.
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