Constantine 42, White Pigeon 31
Constantine kept its season alive Monday in a Class C district quarterfinal game against White Pigeon, winning 42-31 at Marcellus High School.
Constantine’s Mackenzi Dobosiewicz finished with 14 points and five rebounds, and teammate Hannah Outlaw produced 10 points and 10 rebounds for a crucial double-double. Hannah Ley and Lexi Dull each totaled six points, and Kiara Price and Bailey Rodewald both hit 3-pointers for the Falcons. “Our goal was to stop (Claycee) West and we did,” Constantine coach Rachel Schlosser said. “At least enough to take them out of their game. We played well tonight. This was a good victory for us and they executed our game plan very well. We got a little lazy toward the end of the game and they knocked down some uncontested threes which closed the gap a bit, but we managed to come out with a victory.
“Dobosiewicz was very impressive tonight, played multiple positions and excelled all over the court. Our freshman, Outlaw, grabbed some important boards and finished better than she has been lately; hopefully this will be a boost for us. Lexi Dull also did a much better job taking shots and they were mostly good shots. We need to keep this momentum for the rest of the week to achieve our goal.”
White Pigeon’s Claycee West led the Chiefs with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. For the year, the sophomore totaled 506 points. Sidney Mishler finished with eight points, five boards and one assist, Courtney Delarye had two points, three rebounds and one assist, and Melissa Hayden added four points, four boards and a pair of steals.
“Struggled tonight with intensity,” White Pigeon coach Brooke McClure said. “Constantine came out aggressive and we didn’t match it. However, I am proud of the girls’ improvement throughout the year and look forward to the offseason!”
The Falcons earned a spot in Wednesday’s semis against Lawton.
Video by Mat Stutzman
Photos by Katrina Rayhill
Centreville 48, Homer 44
Sophomore Joanna Larsen had a monster game Monday night, and Centreville stepped up its defensive intensity during the fourth quarter to post a hard-fought 48-44 girls Class C district basketball victory over Homer.
Larsen scored a team-high 17 points, grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their 20th victory this season in 21 outings.
But it was a battle down to the final seconds of the contest.
Trailing by six points heading into the fourth quarter, Centreville opened the stanza on an 11-0 scoring run to assume a lead it would not relinquish.
“We knew coming into this game, it would be a battle as Homer is a solid team and they played hard for 32 minutes,” Centreville coach Jill Peterson said. “Fortunately, our team came into tonight focused and prepared to do whatever we needed to do to extend our season.
“We had some key people step up in key moments throughout the game and our bench was on point all night. I’m proud of our effort tonight and now we look to avenge our only loss this season.”
Centreville will look to do that Wednesday night against Bronson, which beat Quincy 63-38 in quarterfinal play. The Lady Bulldogs dropped a 38-36 overtime decision to Bronson in the second game of the season.
Brittany Morris just missed on a double-double of her own Monday for Centreville, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds. Kayla Gest chipped in with six points, while Carly Todd added three points and four assists.
Also breaking into the scoring column for Centreville were MaKenzi Troyer, Olivia Deeds, Morgan Walton, Whitney Morris and Samara Schlabach, each of whom scored two points, while Carlee Odom finished with one point.
Breanna McCone scored a game-high 19 points for Homer, while teammate Megan George finished with 10.
Homer 9 11 18 6 — 44
Centreville 12 12 8 16 — 48
Kalamazoo Christian 47, Galesburg-Augusta 40
Kalamazoo Christian held off a fierce upset bid from Galesburg-Augusta for a 47-40 victory in District 67 at Hackett Catholic.
Despite the victory, the Comets found themselves behind for the majority of the contest. The Comets hit the opening bucket, then surrendered a 9-0 run with the Rams leading 11-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Fouls racked up in a hurry against a short-staffed Ram squad, as they had four players with three fouls by halftime. Kalamazoo Christian had 27 free throw attempts in the first half, but only converted a measly 8-27, keeping them behind 21-14 into the halftime break.
Galesburg-Augusta stayed ahead through the entire third quarter, although the Comets were back within two by quarter’s end, 31-29. A bucket by Sydney Duong with 6:14 remaining in the fourth finally put Kalamazoo Christian ahead and they held on from there.
The Rams ran out of energy and only had five players left at the end with two foul outs and an injury. The Comets improved at the foul line with a 14-25 second half, allowing them to stay ahead down the stretch.
Carmen Katje led all players with 21 points, including 11-20 from the charity stripe. Duong was next with 10 for the Comets. In total, they were 22-52 at the free throw line. Sam Verburg topped Galesburg-Augusta at 18. Alyssa Woodard, their lone senior, scored 17 in her final varsity game.
The Rams finish 3-18 overall. Kalamazoo Christian improves to 13-7 and plays Bangor in Wednesday’s district semifinal at 6 p.m. from Hackett.
KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN SCORING: Carmen Katje 21, Sydney Duong 10, Madelyn Batts 8, Elise VanSparrentak 4, Carley Broekuizen 4.
GALESBURG-AUGUSTA SCORING: Sam Verburg 18, Alyssa Woodard 17, Jordyn Klimp 5.
Photos by Brett Beier
Video by Coletin Gascho
Hackett 35, Gobles 32
Video by Coletin Gascho
Hackett Catholic knocked out Gobles for the second consecutive season with a 35-32 win, eliminating the team with the top record in District 67. The Irish win also avenged their 36-23 home loss to Gobles back in Hackett’s season opener,
Gobles held a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, bolstered by three triples in the frame from sophomore Libbee Nason. The Irish preceded to shutout the Tigers for the entire second quarter, although their offense only mustered seven points for an 18-15 Hackett advantage at the half.
The Irish would not trail the rest of the game, although their lead never grew beyond seven. Hackett was up 29-24 at the end of the third quarter and were able to remain ahead by two-possessions for most of the fourth quarter.
Gobles entered the final two minutes behind by six. With 1:10 remaining, Nason buried a three to put the Tigers back within one shot. Hackett had three opportunities at the one-and-one to go back up by two scores, but left the door open each time.
The Tigers had the ball with 15 seconds left out of a timeout. Nason tried a straightaway three with eight seconds remaining and missed, but the Tigers snagged the offensive rebound and called their final timeout with three seconds remaining. Their final inbound try missed the target and went out of bounds, allowing the Irish to secure the win.
Sydney Preston topped all players with 14 points for Hackett. Annie Housler added 11 for the Irish. Gobles got 12 from Nason and 11 by Maddy Tiller.
Gobles finishes at 18-3 and will likely be a major threat next season, as they only graduate Ashley VanHeukelum. Hackett improves to 13-8 and hosts Bloomingdale around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the District 67 semifinal.
HACKETT SCORING: Sydney Preston 14, Annie Housler 11, Savannah Madden 6, Maddie Coffman 2, Emily Wheaton 2.
GOBLES SCORING: Libbee Nason 12, Maddy Tiller 11, Kylee Mandigo 7, Christiana Hunt 2.
Photos by Brett Beier