Harper Creek 37, Gull Lake 26
Harper Creek staged a defensive clinic over the final two quarters Monday night to post a 37-26 Class B girls district basketball victory over Gull Lake.
Coach Mike Balcom’s Lady Blue Devils managed to score just seven second-half points against Harper Creek.
Ashton Whitman led Gull Lake with 11 points, while teammates Avery Cook and Lindsay Buckhout finished with five and four points, respectively. Teammates Anjolena Davis, Kylie White, and Audrey DeWaters each scored two points.
Marley Bussler scored a team-high 10 points for Harper Creek, while teammates Faith Hayes and Maddie Alexander each finished with eight points.
Harper Creek 9 11 8 9 — 37
Gull Lake 6 13 3 4 — 26
St. Joseph 43, Portage Northern 29
Portage Northern sputtered out of the starting blocks and never recovered Monday night, dropping a 43-29 Class A girls district basketball decision to St. Joseph.
St. Joseph held the Huskies without a point during the first eight minutes of the contest and took an 18-8 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Bears then outscored Northern, 16-2 during the third quarter to effectively seal the victory.
The Huskies outscored St. Joseph, 19-9 during the final eight minutes, but it was too little, too late.
Lexie Coon and Mikayla Graham each scored a team-high nine points for the Huskies, while teammate Ella Bischof chipped in with eight points.
Anna Fischer led St. Joseph with a game-high 20 points.
St. Joseph 7 11 16 9 — 43
Portage Northern 0 8 2 19 – 29
Photos by Chris Carpenter
Kalamazoo Central 54, Portage Central 36
Coldwater 78, Sturgis 53
Coldwater broke things wide open during the third quarter Monday night en route to a 78-53 Class A girls district basketball victory over Sturgis.
Sturgis trailed at halftime by just six points, 34-28, before Coldwater erupted for 29 third-quarter points to effectively seal the Lady Trojans’ fate.
“Coldwater is a deep team that has a lot of players that can score for them,” Sturgis coach Amie Burger said. “They also have good ball handlers and size.
“They run a lot of girls at you continuing to bring pressure on defense as well.”
Senior Brianna Wheeler knocked down three 3-point shots during the first quarter to help lead Sturgis to a 14-12 lead after eight minutes.
Sturgis answered a second-quarter run by the Lady Cardinals to remain within striking distance at halftime, but Coldwater parlayed defensive intensity into offensive execution during the third quarter to provide some breathing room.
“You have to be able to score with them, as they can put points on the board quick,” Burger added about Coldwater. “In the second half, Coldwater was able to stretch their lead by forcing us into some turnovers with their defense. They also started moving the ball on offense and we didn’t get out to their shooters in time.”
Senior De’Ashia Sanders scored a game-high 19 points — including four 3-pointers — and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Sturgis. Sanders also recorded three steals and an assist.
Wheeler meshed four triples en route to 15 points, to go along with six rebounds.
“I am proud of our seniors,” Burger said. “They really worked together to improve on last year’s record and fought especially hard with the short bench that we had for tonight’s game.
Sophomore Sage Groves and senior Baleigh Brazo added eight points and five points, respectively, for Sturgis. Groves added five rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Brazo also grabbed three rebounds.
Junior Brooke Bodi scored four points and collected three rebounds for Sturgis, while sophomore Madison Pueschel chipped in with two points, one rebound and an assist.
Coldwater got 14 points, apiece, from Olivia Foley ad Malorie Rzepka, while teammate Tyler Scheid chipped in with 13 points.
Sturgis 14 14 15 10 — 53
Coldwater 12 22 29 15 — 78