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Reed City girls score win over Chippewa Hills
Association girls' basketball game
Thursday night.
"We worked hard and did an
REED CITY — This is exactly
outstanding job defensively," Reed
what the doctor ordered.
Reed City got down to business de- City coach Brian Koopman said.
fensively and on the glass and came "We ended up with 21 steals and 41
rebounds.
away with a 34-29 win over Chippe"We needed the win badly."
wa Hills in a Central State Activities
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The game was tied just 4-4 after
the first quarter and 9-9 at halftime
before being deadlocked at 22-22 going into the fourth.
Reed City outscored the Warriors
12-7 in the final eight minutes.
Natalie Westhoff paced the
Coyotes with 10 points and nine re-

bounds while Alaina Woodard had
eight points.
McKenzie Switzer added five
points while Karah Hensel had nine
rebounds, three points and three
steals.
Reed City (3-5 overall, 3-3 CSAA)
hosts Hesperia on Monday.

Getting it done

Strong start sends
Lake City past Evart
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LAKE CITY — When they
did the things they’re good
at, everything was fine.
When they got away from
that, it was a struggle.
Lake City got off to a
great start, struggled in the
second quarter and eventually scored a 62-43 win over
Evart in a Highland Conference boys’ basketball game
Thursday night.
The Trojans were hot
from the start as they
pounded the ball inside at
will, getting the Wildcats’
post players in early foul
trouble.
The game was tied 3-3 in
the early stages before Lake
City went on a 17-1 run to
close the first quarter.
“We had a really good first
quarter and it seemed like
we were doing the stuff we
wanted to do,” Lake City
coach Dale Eising said. “We
were getting the ball inside.
“When you get that lead
early like that, sometimes
you lose your intensity and
we did. Maybe we forgot
what we believe in and
that’s playing inside-out. We
preach all the time about
offensive rebounds and we
didn’t have any in the second quarter.
“Give Evart credit, too,
they hit some buckets and
made a run.”
Evart outscored Lake City
15-9 in the second quarter
to cut the deficit to 29-19 at
halftime.
The Trojans got back on
track, though, in the third
quarter and were up 50-35
going into the fourth.
“I think the kids were
expecting me to go after
them at halftime but I said
I wasn’t going to holler at
them because we’ve got a
10-point lead and we know
we can do things at them.
We just have to do them,”
Eising said.
“We did those things for
the most part in the third
quarter.”
Drew Marion paced Lake
City with 21 points and

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hold off
Rangers
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Lake City’s Drew Marion goes over Evart’s Nolan VanOrder for a shot during Thursday’s Highland
Conference contest. The Trojans beat the Wildcats 62-43.
seven rebounds while Lucas
Marion had 12 points and
eight rebounds. Kevin Kunkel added 10 points while
Kory Root added 10 points
and eight boards.
“This is the first night

Kory has been in double figures but he’s been huge for
us rebounding this year,”
Eising added.
“The kids on the bench
are picking it up, too, and
starting to challenge us in

practice. That’s big.”
Derek Bowen paced Evart
with 11 points while Jared
Pattee added nine.
Lake City is at McBain on
Tuesday while Evart is at
Manton.

Cadillac picks up
a win over Alpena
run. She gave us some energy defensively."
Cadillac parlayed that
CADILLAC — The rust
defensive energy into the
took a little longer to
other end of the court, too,
scrape off.
as it outscored Alpena 20-8
When they finally did,
things were pretty much OK. in the second quarter to
Cadillac started slow but lead 24-17 at halftime.
The teams played even in
got on track in the second
the third quarter and it was
quarter en route to a 50-42
35-28 going into the fourth.
win over Alpena in a Big
The Vikings stretched the
North Conference girls'
lead to double digits here
basketball contest Thursand there but could never
day night.
The Vikings, who hadn't quite pull away.
Hannah Baker paced Caplayed since Dec. 19, were
down 9-0 early before rally- dillac with 15 points, nine
ing a bit to cut the deficit to rebounds and four steals
while Abbey Fuller added
9-4 after the first quarter.
14 points and four steals.
"We hadn't played since
Darby McLaurin scored
Dec. 19 so it was good just to
get a game in," Cadillac coach seven points, two assists
Todd Baker. "It took us a min- and three rebounds.
The Vikings host Traute to get going mentally.
verse City St. Francis on
"I thought Emily MacLean gave us quality min- Saturday with the JV game
utes in the second quarter beginning at 6 p.m.
• Alpena won the JV
and that helped us go on a

MANTON — Little by little, they're getting the idea.
McBain took a step in the
right direction as it scored a
56-49 win over Manton in a
Highland Conference boys'
basketball game Thursday.
The Ramblers found a
way to get it down done the
stretch, something that had
been an Achilles' Heel up to
this point in the season.
"We're still having a hard
time buying into some
things but what won the
game for us was we locked
down defensively, ground it
out a little bit and then we
rebounded," McBain coach
Bruce Koopman said. "We
just need to learn to stay on
course a little bit more."
Manton led just 9-7 after
the first quarter before
McBain took a 19-16 lead
into the halftime break. The
two teams opened it up in
the third quarter and the
Ramblers led 41-33 going
into the fourth.
Manton coach Ryan Hiller said his team took a step
in the right direction, too.
"I thought we were competitive with them and it's
been a long time since that's
happened in the conference," he said. "We were
down two with 2:30 left, had
some opportunities but just
didn't execute.
"I thought we did a great
job early, too."
Cole Powell paced
McBain with 16 points
while Tyler Sterk scored 13
and Grant Gugle had nine.
Kyle Heuker added five rebounds.
Wyatt Baker paced Manton with 24 points while Tyler Swing had 11 and Brock
Clough nine. Matt Skiver
grabbed seven rebounds.
McBain hosts Lake City
on Tuesday while Manton
hosts Evart.
• McBain won the JV
game 55-46. Craig Sterk
paced the Ramblers with 25
points while Kam Musselman led Manton with 18.

Pine River cruises to
a win over Marion

We stopped their penetration and then started getting easy buckets."
LEROY — Brian Goodenow specifically pointed
Pine River led 17-6 after the
out a couple of things he
first quarter and was up 39expected his Pine River
22 at halftime before taking
boys' basketball team to do. control with a 28-11 thirdYet, those things didn't
quarter run. That made it
necessarily happen in the 67-33 going into the fourth.
first half.
"I was really pleased
Instead, it took a little
with my bench play towhile before the Bucks got night, too," Goodenow
going and pulled away for said. "Greg Park gave us
a 71-39 win over Marion
some great minutes."
in a Highland Conference
Brandon Hoaglund
boys' basketball contest
paced Pine River with
Thursday night.
22 points and five assists
"We had a slow start
while Skyler Nelson had 20
and didn't shoot the ball
points and eight rebounds.
well in the first quarter,"
Lucas Harris had seven
Goodenow said. "I wasn't
points and eight rebounds
overly pleased with our
while Park added eight
defensive effort.
boards and four steals.
"We knew their guards
Brandon Fulks dished
were tough and didn't
out six assists and Mitchwant to let them get into
ell McDonald five assists.
the paint, which is exactly
The Bucks are at Northwhat happened. Those
ern Michigan Christian
were points of emphasis
on Tuesday while Marion
then for the second half.
hosts Beal City.
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Cadillac senior Hannah Baker goes to the basket against a pair of
Alpena defenders during Thursday’s Big North Conference contest.
game 44-43. Kylie Christensen paced Cadillac
(5-2) with 18 points while
Mikayela Johns had 11 and
Nicole Kleinsorge seven.
• Cadillac won the fresh-

man game 65-33. Liz Pyles
paced the Vikings (8-0)
with 16 points while Alexus Little had 15, Ali Finch
15 and Brooke Cunningham eight.