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Cadillac 5-0

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Gaylord 2-0

4-2

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Tuesday’s Games
Cadillac 51, Petoskey 28
Sault Ste. Marie 55, Gaylord 52
Ogemaw Hts. 66, Pinconning 36

Cadillac
cruises
past
Petoskey
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CADILLAC — One step
closer to the driver's seat.
In fact, you'd probably
have to say they've got
their hands on the steering
wheel.
The Cadillac girls' basketball team stayed atop
the Big North Conference
race with a 51-28 win over
Petoskey in a league game
Tuesday night.
The Vikings (8-1 overall)
are 5-0 in the league while
Gaylord stands at 2-0. Cadillac is at Gaylord on Friday night to wrap up the
first half of the season.
"We've got no losses in
the conference and neither
does Gaylord," Cadillac
coach Todd Baker said. "It's
too early to call Friday a
conference championship
game but it will decide who
is in the driver's seat."
Before Cadillac could
turn its attention on the
Blue Devils, it had to take
care of a Petoskey team
that has struggled so far

marc vieau | cadillac news

Cadillac senior guard Abbey Fuller drives past a Petoskey player on the way to the basket during
Tuesday’s Big North Conference contest. The Vikings beat the Northmen 51-28.
this season.
The Vikings were up 11-8
after the first quarter and
led 18-14 at halftime before
turning up the pressure in
the third quarter.
Cadillac outscored Petoskey 21-3 in the third to take
a commanding 39-17 lead
into the fourth.
"Defensively, we made
it very tough for them to
score," Baker said. "Offensively, we had 16 assists

as a team and that's the
highest number of the year
for us. It was nice to see us
make the extra pass to get
better shots."
Abbey Fuller paced Cadillac with nine points,
four assists and three
steals while Alyssa Fisher
had eight points. Hannah
Baker had six points and
five rebounds while Jenna
Erway added six points
and two assists.

Alayna Hess had six
points while Glory Creed
and Katie Kurtzman each
had four.
• Cadillac won the JV
game 36-26. Kylie Christensen led the Vikings (7-2)
with 22 points while Hope
Emington had eight.
• Cadillac won the freshman game 34-29. Liz Pyles
the Vikings (9-0) with
11 points and Ali Finch
scored 10.

Lake City girls dominate Harrison
on Dec. 3. Lake City won that game
48-33.
"This was a great rebound game
HARRISON — The second time
for us," Trojans coach Luke Prielipp
around was even sweeter.
said. "We just came off hard games
Lake City got a second crack at
with Pine River and McBain, our
Harrison in non-conference girls'
basketball action Tuesday night, and confidence was a little low, but the
the Trojans played the role of ungra- girls were working their tails off.
"All 11 of them contributed, and it
cious visitors, rolling to a convincing
was nice to see these girls play with
75-31 win.
energy again and lift their heads
The 44-point win more than
back up," he added.
doubled the final margin when the
Lake City led just 8-1 after the
two teams met in the season opener
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opening quarter but stretched the
lead to 33-17 at the half. The Trojans
led 55-28 entering the final quarter.
Haley Guest and Laraiah Schichtel paced the Trojans with 21 points
each, setting career high marks for
both.
Guest added four steals, while
Schichtel grabbed six rebounds and
had three steals.
Maggie Eising pitched in with 14
points and added five boards.
Lake City (7-2) is at NMC Thursday.

Marion girls come up short against Beal City
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BEAL CITY — Sometimes, that basket just
seems to shrink.
Marion looked solid early but just couldn't get the
shots to fall in a 56-30 loss
to Beal City in girls' Highland Conference hoops action Tuesday.
The Eagles trailed 21-4
after the opening quarter,

but Marion coach Brian
Miller said the score wasn't
indicative of his team’s
play.
"The first quarter, I
thought we played as well
as they did," he said. "We
just didn't shoot as well.
"In the second quarter,
their big girl had her way
with us," he added.
"Our helpside (defense)
wasn't there, and she took

over."
Beal took a 38-14 lead into
the break.
Chloe Johnson led the
Eagles with 12 points,
while Lillian Swiler and
Kassidy Duncan each
added six.
Miller had strong praise
for the efforts of junior
center Kinzie Sikkema,
who had the unenviable
task of battling the Aggies'

pair of post players.
"Kinzie played really
well tonight," he said. "She
keeps improving, and it
was nice to see her in a
situation against these big
girls and wasn't intimidated at all by them.
"Her growth is a real
positive thing for us."
The Eagles (2-6 overall,
1-4 Highland) host Manton
Thursday.

Michigan cruises past Penn State, 80-67
when a 3-pointer by Stauskas started
a 19-5 run that gave Michigan a comfortable advantage. Glenn Robinson
ANN ARBOR — Derrick Walton is III added 15 points for the Wolverines.
settling into a comfort zone — just
D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier
in time for Michigan's first difficult
scored 17 points apiece for Penn
stretch of the Big Ten schedule.
State (9-9, 0-5), but those two backWalton scored 16 points — includcourt standouts weren't enough
ing the game's first eight — and the
against a balanced Michigan team.
Wolverines remained unbeaten in
The Wolverines have won six
conference play with an 80-67 victory
straight, all without star big man
over Penn State on Tuesday night.
Mitch McGary, who is out indefiniteNik Stauskas scored 13 of his 21
ly because of a back injury.
points in the second half for MichiMichigan and rival Michigan State
gan, which now faces Wisconsin,
are the Big Ten's only teams without
Iowa and Michigan State in succesa conference loss.
sion.
"There's a lot of things that are
"The first couple games, everyhappening out there that allow us
thing was going really fast for me,"
to continue to improve," Michigan
said Walton, the freshman who has
coach John Beilein said. "When we
replaced star Trey Burke as Michigo to Wisconsin, we'll see how good
gan's point guard. "Just watching
film and stuff like that, it's just really an offensive team we are."
The Wolverines play at Wisconsin
slowing down the game."
on Saturday, then host Iowa before
The Wolverines (12-4, 4-0) led 47-45
By NOAH TRISTER
the associated press

www.cadillacnews.com | wednesday, january 15, 2014

the showdown at Michigan State on
Jan. 25.
Walton has been gaining confidence after taking over the point
guard duties when Burke went to
the NBA. Walton made a big driving
layup at the end of Michigan's win at
Nebraska last week, and he started
Tuesday's game with two 3-pointers
and a layup.
He ended up shooting 6 of 9 from
the field.
"To see him do that, I just hope
that he takes that into the rest of
the games," Michigan forward Jon
Horford said. "Have confidence in
yourself always, and understand
that sometimes it's your game, but
it's not always going to be your game.
And when it's not your game, still
keep your mind right and still have
that confidence."
Horford gave Michigan a boost
inside with 11 points and seven rebounds.

MCBAIN — Every
good team seems to find
another gear in the third
quarter.
Tuesday night, Pine
River was no different
as the Bucks used a 20-3
burst to break open a reasonably close contest and
roll to a 64-31 win in boys'
Highland Conference
action against Northern
Michigan Christian.
For Bucks' coach Brian
Goodenow, it wasn't any
one particular thing that
got his team rolling, so
much as it was doing all
the little things he knows
they're capable of.
"It was a matter of reemphasizing what we
needed to do well to win,"
he said. "We just didn't
rebound well in the first
half, and they got numerous putbacks.
"It's happened a couple
of times to us this year
where we didn't rebound
well in the first half."
Playing without defensive spark Mitch McDonald, the Bucks (6-0 overall,
4-0 Highland) led just 11-9
after the opening quarter. The visitors, though,
would stretch that lead to
27-16 entering the break,
despite missing Lucas
Harris for much of the
half due to foul trouble.
"We told (the kids), we
don't need one guy to
replace Mitchell, but we
need everybody to elevate
their game a little bit,"
Goodenow said.
"We challenged Lucas
to control the boards in
the second half, and he
finished with 13 of his 19

in the second half."
Brandon Hoaglund
matched Harris' gamehigh with 19 points, while
adding nine assists, seven
rebounds and five steals,
and Skyler Nelson added
11 points. Harris also
added five boards and five
steals.
"Skyler didn't have big
numbers, but he took on
a little different role for
us tonight," Goodenow
said. "I'm proud of the
way those three guys
controlled the game in the
second half."
For NMC coach Dale Veddler, the first half was a
bright spot in the Comets'
continuing effort to improve ball control.
"I thought we took care
of the ball and had fewer
turnovers than we've
had," he said. "We had a
good first quarter, and
then just struggled to
shoot the ball tonight.
"We've just got to figure
out some way to put the
ball in the hole."
Kade Ellens and Mitch
Perry each had six points
and seven boards for
the Comets, while Jake
Shaarda added six points
off the bench and Dylan
Lucas recorded six points
before leaving the game
with an ankle injury in
the first half.
"I thought (Jake's) effort and determination to
score was a spark for us,"
Veddler said.
Pine River is at Lake
City Friday, while NMC is
at McBain the same night.
• Pine River won the JV
contest, 55-31. Chase Gernaat paced NMC with 11
points.

Beal City scores a
win over Marion
selves down 20-5 after the
opening quarter, but the
hosts found some smoothMARION — On the
er sailing in the second
bright side, they finally
stanza, using a 25-18 run
got to play one at home.
Unfortunately, their vis- to close the margin to just
itors figuratively jumped eight points at the break.
Standout guard Tyrell
all over the furniture.
After opening the sched- Hall, though, picked up
ule with five straight
his fourth foul early in the
games on the road, Marion third, and the Aggies took
returned to its friendly
advantage, running out to
confines to host Beal City,
a 63-39 lead heading into
and the Aggies spoiled
the final quarter.
things with a 77-46 win in
"Each game we've lost,
boys' Highland Conference we've gotten off to slow
action Tuesday night.
starts and have had to
For the Eagles, the faclaw our way back,"
miliar surroundings did
Dodde said.
little to help them get off
"I liked our offense, but
to a good start, something I was unhappy with our
they've struggled with
defense."
recently.
Ethan Russell paced
"We've had a tendency
the Eagles with 24 points,
the last couple games to
while Dodde praised the
start out slow," Marion
efforts of Aaron Laughcoach Harold Dodde said. lin, who added eight
"We told the kids we
points off the bench.
can't do that, but we did it
Marion (2-4 overall,
anyway."
0-4 Highland) is at Evart
The Eagles found them- Friday.
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Mesick falls to Lakers
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MESICK — One rough
quarter was the difference.
Mesick hung tough
with Glen Lake, but a
third quarter run by the
visiting Lakers was too
much for the Bulldogs to
overcome late in a 52-43
boys' Northwest Conference setback Tuesday.
"This was a game we
could have won, but we
had too many mistakes,"
Mesick coach Rene
LaFreniere III said.
"We were hesitant at
times."
Mesick trailed just
14-12 after the opening
quarter and 24-21 at the
break, but Glen Lake
pulled away with a 19-10
third quarter to lead 4331 heading into the final
stanza.
Clay Wagatha paced

the Bulldogs with 13
points, while Peter
Roush added 12.
"We'll (forget) it, and
move on to the next one,"
LaFreniere said.
Mesick (2-4) hosts Benzie Central Thursday.

Bears fall to Benzie
BENZONIA — Buckley fought gamely, but
struggled to keep pace
offensively, falling in a
shootout to Benzie Central 78-52 in boys’ Northwest Conference action
Tuesday.
“We’re working hard,”
Bears coach Blair Moss
said.
Bryce Guernsey paced
the Bears with 12 points,
while Tyler Welch added
11.
Buckley (0-6) is at
Kingsley Thursday in
Northwest action.