Local Sports Journal

Junior guard Chase Jancek scored 14 points in her first varsity game to help Montague overcome an 8-point halftime deficit and defeat Orchard View 38-30 Tuesday on the opening night of high school girls basketball.

Orchard View led 21-13 at halftime, but Montague (1-0) clawed its way back into the game by keeping the Cardinals scoreless in the third quarter.

“I was very happy with how we answered the bell in the third quarter,” said Montague Coach Brian Beebe, who is starting his first season with the Wildcats. “The kids responded very well to adversity and made a concerted effort to limit their second shots.”

Jayshonna Blackshire scored 10 points for Orchard View (0-1).

Newaygo 64, Whitehall 50 – The Vikings (0-1) played Newaygo to a 13-all tie after one quarter, but were outscored 22-5 in the third quarter. Whitehall was hurt by 40 turnovers. Emily MacArthur led the Vikings with 32 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Melissa Shoup added 10 points. Kylee Chesley paced Newaygo with 13 points.

Fruitport 41, Comstock Park 29 – Iyana Brown led the Trojans (1-0) with 18 points and seven steals while Alyssa Veihl added seven points. Nicole Spinks led the visiting Panthers with 11 points.

Spring Lake 51, Tri-County 31 – Kelsee Zuidema led Spring Lake (1-0) with 14 points while Reiko Johnson added 11 on the night. The Vikings were led by Ashley Bowen with six points.

Reeths-Puffer 57, Zeeland West 33 – Camaryia Williams led Reeths-Puffer with 15 points while Kalisa Williams added 10 for the Rockets (1-0). Zeeland West scored only eight points combined in the second and third quarters.

Holton 52, Fremont 34 –  The Red Devils (1-0) raced to a 35-14 halftime lead and never looked back. Rachel Younts led Holton with 13 points while Katie Wildfong and Courtney Slater added 10 apiece. Lexie Bradley paced Fremont (0-1) with 14 points.

Ludington 72, Shelby 24 –  The Orioles raced to a 29-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Ludington (1-0) helped its own cause by hitting 13 of 24 attempts from 3-point range. Kalli Wahr paced the Orioles with 17 points while Clare Flewelling added 11. Rachel Herin led Shelby (0-1) with eight points.

Western Michigan Christian 66, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy 42 – The Warriors used a 17-3 scoring advantage in the third quarter to break open a tight game at the half. Sophomore Harlie Hubers led WMC with 20 points, followed by Lindsey Johnson with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Jessica Eekhoff with 11 rebounds.