As the season winds down for girls’ basketball teams around the state, coaches everywhere look to their seniors for leadership when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter. For Kalamazoo Christian coach Kelly Allen, she knew the Comets needed to turn to senior Madelyn Batts when Tuesday night’s game against Plainwell was tied up at 28 with 3:15 to go.
“Madelyn did a great job converting her free throws (3 for 4 in the fourth quarter). She’s my constant on this team, so I am looking for her when it is close” said Allen following the Comets 31-28 victory over the visiting Trojans.
With both teams struggling to put the ball in the hoop early in the game, Kalamazoo Christian used a 15-2 run from the midway point of the first quarter through the 5-minute mark of the third quarter to build a 19-6 lead. But Plainwell’s full court pressure allowed the Trojans to reel off an 11-0 run in a 3 minute span to tighten the game.
“That press they put on us was very effective,” said Allen, “and we let it go a little there, blowing that lead.”
Heading into the fourth quarter up 23-19, the Comets started to find some success in breaking the Trojans’ full court pressure, but both teams still struggled to put the ball through the bottom of the net consistently.
Plainwell was able to hold Kalamazoo Christian’s leading scorer, Carmen Katje, to just two buckets from the floor, and 3 for 6 shooting from the line for 7 points on the night.
“Bree (Colyer) did a great job defending her (Katje) tonight,” said Plainwell coach Tim Rieman, “When you hold their leading scorer to 7 and the entire team to just 31 points, you have to find a way to win.”
“They did a great job on her (Katje),” said Allen, “but we have Madelyn, we have Audrey (Batts), we have Sydney (Duong) who all did an excellent job tonight bringing the ball up court and helping.”
“This one could’ve went either way, but this time of year, a win is a win” said Allen.
The Comets won’t have long to think about this one, as they prepare for Friday night’s rivalry showdown at Hackett. Last month, Kalamazoo Christian defeated the Irish for the first time since 2014.
Madelyn Batts 9 points
Carmen Katje 7 points
Audrey Batts 5 points
Elise VanSparrentak 4 points
Sydney Duong 4 points
Carley Broekhuizen 2 points
Korrin Johnson 9 points
Alivia Termeer 8 points
Rebecca Gibson 6 points
Kate Farho 3 points
Vannessa Robinson 2 points
Photos by Brett Beier
Covenant Christian 60, Hackett 48
Despite 22 points from Sydney Preston, the Hackett girls’ basketball team fell to Covenant Christian on Tuesday, 60-48.
Preston did most of her damage from the free-throw line and the three-point line, hitting three three-pointers and going 9-of-13 from the free-throw line. Hackett overcame a slow first quarter, and trailed by only five points at the half, 29-24. In the third quarter, Covenant Christian extended its lead to 10, and was able to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Hackett (10-7) hit five three-pointers, and went 13-of-20 from the free-throw line. Annie Housler scored nine points for the Irish, while Sofia Cronen scored six points.
Hackett 7 17 11 13 – 48
Covenant Christian 12 17 16 15 – 60
Sydney Preston – 22 points, three 3-pointers
Bianca Cronen – 4 points
Emily Wheaton – 2 points
Savannah Madden – 3 points
Annie Housler – 9 points
Sofia Cronen – 6 points
Grace Gordon – 2 points
Comstock 55, Paw Paw 35
On its home court Tuesday, the Comstock girls basketball team cruised to its ninth BCS victory of the year, remaining perfect in league play and improving to 17-1 for the year.
Daisy Ansel poured in a game-high 26 points to go with 12 rebounds and four steals, and Ahkyla Blakely finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and four assists. Also for the Colts, Abby House added nine points and Madelyn Caswell had nine boards.
Vavra and Johnson scored 10 points apiece for Paw Paw.
Mattawan 49, Vicksburg 34
Natalie Foster scored 25 points to lead Mattawan. Natalie Martinic and Janelle Rupp both added seven points for the Wildcats, who built a 22-12 halftime lead. Mattawan shot 40 percent (16-of-40) from the field for the game and 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the free throw line.
No information was reported by Vicksburg.
Three Rivers 48, Portage Central 40
Kalamazoo Central 76, Gull Lake 33
Markela Woodson scored 22 of her game-high 26 points in the second half to lead Kalamazoo Central. Lakaria Washington and Morasha Wiggins each finished with 12 for the Giants. Talia Edmonds also reached double figures with a 10-point effort.
Audrey DeWaters led Gull Lake with 10 points and Anjolena Davis finished with eight for the Blue Devils.
Climax-Scotts 55, Colon 25
In the Carol Vick Memorial game at Climax-Scotts Tuesday, the host Panthers jumped out to a 16-9 first-quarter lead and remained in control the rest of the way.
Baylee Willis led Climax-Scotts with 15 points and Megan Macomber had 10. Also for the Panthers, Cali Lawrence registered nine points, Peyton Nabozny and Sara Gray finished with seven apiece, Ellie Tribbett contributed five and Dusty Pettin had two.
Climax-Scotts improved to 10-6 overall and 9-4 in SCAA play.
Colon stats were not reported.