Centreville and Mendon grabbed regional semifinal girls basketball wins Monday night, while Kalamazoo Christian, Portage Central, and Edwardsburg all saw historic runs come to an end.
Centreville remained unbeaten with their 56-35 victory over Delton Kellogg. The Bulldogs saw a big first half from Samara Schlabach, scoring 13 of their 31 points for a 31-14 lead at halftime. The Panthers played Centreville fairly even for the second half, but they couldn’t overcome the lopsided first half.
Schlabach led the way with 17 points, followed by 13 points and 13 rebounds via Joanna Larsen. The Bulldogs won the rebound battle 33-23. Lexi Parsons topped DK with 13 points
“Tonight, our girls played hard for 32 minutes,” noted Centreville coach Jill Peterson. “We used our depth to push the tempo and our versatility on offense to get good shots. On defense, we executed the game plan well.”
“It’s neat to be in the Sweet 16, but we’re hoping to stay together a bit longer,” added Peterson. “Brandywine plays a different style of basketball, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Centreville stays unbeaten at 23-0 and battles Brandywine in Wednesday’s championship at 6 p.m. ET from Bronson, which can be heard live via JoeInsider.com.
Delton Kellogg closes at 18-6 and graduates only two seniors, Parsons and Victoria Greene.
Samara Schlabach 17 points, 6 rebounds
Joanna Larsen 13 points, 13 rebounds
Olivia Deeds 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Whitney Morris 8 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals
Isabel Stauffer 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Abby Nighswonger 2 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
Caitlyn Loker 2 points
Kenleigh West-Wing 2 points, 5 assists
Delton Kellogg Statistics:
Lexi Parsons 13 points
Erin Kapteyn 7 points
Abbigail Perry 6 points
Abbie Bever 3 points
Holly McManus 2 points
Katie Tobias 2 points
Mary Whitmore 2 points
Brandywine held off a late comeback attempt for a 49-38 win versus Kalamazoo Christian in the second game Monday from Bronson. The Bobcats and Comets were even at 9-9 through the first 10 minutes of action. However, Brandywine would finish the first half with a 19-9 tear, giving them a double-digit that held nearly the rest of the evening.
The lead grew as large as 18 points in the third quarter, but K-Christian continued to fight to the end. The Comet defense helped create points off turnovers in the fourth quarter as the Bobcats looked to bleed the clock. K-Christian got back within eight in the waning moments, but no closer.
Comet senior Sydney Duong led all players with 19 points. She and Elise VanSparrentak were the two seniors, pushing K-Christian to their first regional since 2011. The Comets close with a 15-7 record.
Brandywine saw 15 points from Nicole Sachman and 13 by Zakiyyah Abdullah. The Bobcats improve to 22-2 and play Centreville in Wednesday’s final at 6 p.m. ET from Bronson, which can be heard live via JoeInsider.com.
Nicole Sachman 15 points
Zakiyyah Abdullah 13 points
Malikkiyah Abdullah 5 points
Madison Bailey 5 points
Alexis Rhodes 4 points
Megan Schmidt 3 points
Kennedy Byrd 3 points
Kalamazoo Christian Scoring
Sydney Duong 19 points
Carley Broekhuizen 6 points
Elise VanSparrentak 5 points
Avery Ekkens 5 points
Nyla deJong 2 points
Audrey Batts 1 point
Trailing by as many as seven points early in the fourth quarter, Mendon’s varsity girls basketball team rallied on its home court Monday to force overtime and eventually beat Martin 48-45 in a Division 4 regional semifinal.
Hayley Kramer scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter and had the team’s only field goal in the extra period. Cierra Nightingale, who finished with 12 points, hit two big buckets in the fourth and a pair of free throws in overtime.
Mendon (19-3) will take on Fruitport Calvary Christian (19-5) Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Mendon in the championship game.
Photos by Aaron Olson
Amaijha Bailey – 4 points, 1 steal, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Aubrey Crotser – 5 points, 1 steal, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Cierra Nightingale – 12 points, 1 steal, 2 rebounds
Payton Griffith – 4 points, 1 steal, 3 rebounds, 6 assists
Hayley Kramer – 16 points, 3 steals, 11 rebounds, 3 assists
Taylor Heitkamp – 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Mackenzie Urick – 1 rebound
Kiaya Warner – 12 points
Briana Warner – 10 points
Jaclyn Hildebrand – 4 points
Gracie Shettler – 8 points
Faith Guritz – 11 points
DeWitt denied Portage Central 54-29 in the Mustangs’ first regional appearance since 1995, jumping out to a 28-16 lead by halftime.
Junior guard Abby Long led the way for the PC offensively with 15 points. The Mustangs finish at 16-5 and graduate two seniors in Sophie Bench and Annemarie Stacey.
The Panthers play Coldwater in Wednesday’s regional final at 7 p.m. from Caledonia.
Portage Central Statistics
Abby Long 15 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound
Sophie Bench 2 points, 4 rebounds
Annemarie Stacey 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Kaitlyn Brannstrom 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Piper Ouvry 1 point, 1 assist
Maizie Brown 1 point, 5 rebounds
Abby Lawler 2 points
No statistics available for DeWitt
The battle between unbeaten teams went to perennial power Hamilton, as they knocked out Edwardsburg 60-39. The Hawkeyes grabbed an eight-point lead into the first quarter break and a 16-point advantage by halftime.
Edwardsburg finishes at 23-1 and loses seniors Kaitlyn Zarycki, Claire Alby, Chloe Bartz, and Madison Robinson. Zarycki leaves as the school’s all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls basketball, taking the top spot in Friday’s district final.
Hamilton (23-0) plays Plainwell in Wednesday’s final at 7 p.m. from Coloma.
No player statistics were reported