Local Sports Journal

Holding the visiting North Muskegon girls basketball team to just eight first half points, while scoring 27 of their own, the Whitehall Vikings are starting to dominate games like they did so routinely in the late 90s and throughout the aughts, proving at Tuesday night’s 60-26 victory over North Muskegon (3-6) that they could again be a real force this season in the West Michigan Conference.

Whitehall (4-3, 3-2) opened on a 17-4 run and never looked back. A 20-12 third quarter by the Vikings sealed the deal.

“We have learned to step up when needed and not to rely on just our post,” said Whitehall head coach Rachel Kent. “Defensively, we still need to get stronger, and the girls see that so I know they will continue to work hard.”

Viking junior Emily MacArthur again had an outstanding effort, finishing with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Jenna Pesch poured in 19 points, while also finishing with six boards, four assists and four steals in the win.

Whitehall senior Janelle Uganski added 11 points, three assists and three steals, and teammate Brandi Balzer had eight points and 10 boards.

Kennedy Davis and Olivia Duncan led North Muskegon with six points each.