Girls hoops roundup: Muskegon Heights nips Muskegon Catholic 48-47 in Lakes 8 matchup

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The Muskegon Heights girls basketball team pulled out an exciting 48-47 victory over Muskegon Catholic on Tuesday in Lakes 8 Conference action.

MCC led 26-24 at halftime, but the Tigers had a 17-8 edge in the third quarter and led by seven, then hung on in the fourth to escape with the win.

Muskegon Heights did not report its statistics.

Jailyn Johnson and McKenna Gentry had 16 and 13 points, respectively, for MCC.

Muskegon Heights is now 3-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Muskegon Catholic fell to 1-9 and 1-4.

CSAA

KENT CITY 75, MORLEY-STANWOOD 33 – Kent City took sole possession of first place in the CSAA Silver with the victory.

Six Eagles connected on 16 three-pointers and watched the lead continue to grow throughout the contest. Kenzie Bowers led Kent City in scoring with 21 points while Jenna Harrison finished with 18, all from behind the arc. Taryn Preston scored inside and out to finish with 17 points.

Kent City is now 10-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play.

FREMONT 39, TRI-COUNTY 23 – In a low scoring first half, Fremont led 10-3 after one quarter and 15-8 after two, then too control with a 15-4 edge in the third quarter.

Paige Vandenberg led the Packers with 15 points and eight blocks. Eight other Packers also contributed to the scoring. Natalie Jamieson grabbed 11 rebounds and Calla Miller dished out five assists.

The Packers are now 7-3 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

O-K BLACK

MONA SHORES 69, GR UNION 39 – The Sailors trailed 13-11 after one quarter, but grabbed control with  a 21-10 advantage in the second and a 23-12 edge in the third.

Riley Rosenthal led the Sailors with 23 points, Brooke LeRoux added 11 and Olivia Sobczak added nine.

Mona Shores is now 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

O-K BLUE

GR WEST CATHOLIC 49, SPRING LAKE 41 – The Lakers fell short of an upset over the conference-leading West Catholic.

Spring Lake kept it tight throughout and only trailed by five points heading into the fourth quarter. The Lakers cut their deficit to two with 32 seconds remaining, but Abby Kimball hit all six of her free throws to nail down the win for West Catholic.

Kimball finished with a game-high 28 points.

Phoebe Saunders led the Lakers with 10 points and three assists, while Abbi Perkins chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.

Spring Lake is now 3-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

NON-CONFERENCE

WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN 58, NORTH MUSKEGON 15 – The Warriors played great defense in the non-conference victory.

WMC took a 16-4 lead after the first quarter, then continued their dominant display in the second and third, outscoring the Norse 36-8.

Taylor Folkema led the Warriors with 24 points and eight steals. Maddie Wiersema chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds while Kyla Wiersema put nine points on the board.

WMC improved to 6-4 while North Muskegon dropped to 2-8 overall.

HESPERIA 54, MASON COUNTY EASTERN 38 – Emily Bayle provided another standout performance for the Panthers, totaling a game-high 30 points and five steals. Also putting up big numers was Emma Tinkham with 12 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks.

The Panthers led throughout the game, 8-6 after the first quarter and 28-19 at the half. In the second half, they outscored Mason County Eastern 26-19.

The Panthers held the Spartans to just 18 percent shooting from the floor.

Hesperia improved to 4-6 overall and 2-2 in the league.

HART 32, WHITE CLOUD 27 – Hart gained its edge by outscoring the Indiana 13-9 in the first quarter and 7-4 in the second.

White Cloud focused on controlling Jayd Hovey and Nicole Rockwell, Hart’s two big scorers, but other Pirates filled the gap. Rylee Noggle led Hart with 11 points and Kendall Williamson added seven.

PENTWATER 48, HOLTON 39 – Terra Cluchey scored a game-high 22 points in the Falcons’ win. Mika Hyro chipped in 11 points, nine of which came from the free throw line.

Things were tight at halftime, with Pentwater holding a slender 18-16 lead. The Falcons pulled away in the third quarter and led by 11 headed into the fourth.

The victory moves Pentwater to 3-8 on the season. Holton is now 2-7.

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