Huron rolls; Skyline and Pioneer lose SEC Red games and more Friday night results
The Huron High School girls basketball team was short-handed Friday night, but still cruised to a 63-23 win over Saline.
The River Rats' press forced 16 first-half turnovers and they turned the extra possessions into a 30-8 halftime lead in the Southeastern Conference Red Division game.
"We were short four key contributors today and I was pleased with how younger people stepped in," Huron coach Steve Vinson said.
Vinson specifically mentioned freshman point guard Kamala Glenn, who was not one of four players to score in double figures for Huron (5-5, 2-0 SEC Red), but had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Logan Sims led all scorers with 13 points.
Alli Cope led Saline (2-6, 1-2) with five points.
"I thought our team came to play with a lot of intensity," Saline coach Jeff Waltz said. "Even though the score said what it did, we played for each other and that's a good start."
MONROE 56, PIONEER 45
Pioneer could not find an answer for Monroe's Jordan Strauss early and that eventually cost the Pioneers the SEC Red game.
“She was everywhere tonight,” Pioneer coach Crystal Westfield said of Strauss. "When she came off the floor we tried to take advantage of it, but when she came back she was all over the place,"
Strauss scored 25 points, the majority of which came in the first half, as Monroe handed Pioneer (4-5, 2-1) its first conference loss of the season.
"Turnovers really hurt us. And they outrebounded us,” Westfield said. "We just didn't have the intensity tonight."
Janese Honeycutt matched Strauss’ intensity on the floor, but was unable to put the points up, only scoring nine on the night.
Honeycutt was in a car accident prior to the game, but was one of the highlights for Pioneer, according to Westfield.The Pioneers were without starter Jenny Fichera, who missed the game with an undisclosed injury.
"She's a scorer for us, but she also leads us in steals. We missed her all-around game,” Westfield said.
Pioneer was within 31-25 at halftime thanks to Fichera’s replacement, Alexus Pace-Patterson, who scored all of her team-high 12 points in the first half.
TEMPERANCE BEDFORD 50, SKYLINE 35
A poor third quarter doomed the Eagles (3-7, 0-2 SEC Red).
"Once teams get on a roll with us, it just keeps going," said Skyline coach Keith Wade. "We have to learn the mental part of the game.”
Trailing 20-18 at the half, Skyline was in position to win its first conference game in school history until the wheels fell off, according to Wade.
"We were turning it over (into) points for them,” he said.
Janea Sims led Skyline with eight points, but it was the effort of seniors Sydney Allen and Monica Ybarra that stood out for Wade.
"They played like seniors, they gave it their all,” he said.
Allen only scored four points, but pulled down eight rebounds and had three steals for her team.
Taylor Foster and Nicole Rightnowar each scored 10 points for Bedford.
CHELSEA 41, TECUMSEH 28
Bailey Darwin, playing her first game of the year after breaking an ankle during volleyball season, had seven points and six rebounds as Chelsea (9-0, 3-0 SEC White) remained unbeaten.
"I thought she played really well," Chelsea coach Todd Blomquist said. "She'll be a good spark for us.”
Despite the fairly lopsided win, Blomquist wasn’t entirely happy with how his undefeated team played, citing poor help defense and free-throw shooting.
"Tecumseh did a good job and we turned the ball over way too much tonight," he said. "But defensively, to hold them to single-digits in the first three quarters (Tecumseh had 15 after three quarters) is good to do."
Katelyn Kingsley had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Chelsea. Hannah Galloway scored six for Tecumseh.
FATHER GABRIEL RICHARD 38, PONTIAC NOTRE DAME PREP 35
Gabriel Richard coach Matt Carroll knows his team has been struggling on offense. To counter those struggles, he has made his team work harder on the defensive end.
"They understand that if we play at the defensive level that we should, we'll be in every game,” Carroll said.
It worked as the Fighting Irish knocked off Notre Dame Prep to earn their first Detroit Catholic League win of the season.
Gabriel Richard (5-4, 1-2) held Notre Dame to just 19 points through three quarters, building a nine-point lead going into the final quarter.
"We played really good defense. It was our best defensive effort,” Carroll said. “We have to have that otherwise we're relying too much on the offense."
Sarah Falvey scored 11 points and Mary Yocum added 10 to lead the Fighting Irish. Yocum also had 10 rebounds and six steals.
LINCOLN 49, ADRIAN 38
The Railsplitters were victorious using a new offensive system installed just this week.
Lincoln (6-2, 2-1) was led by Dominique Foley, who scored 15 points while Arielle Cargor and Katelyn Morris added 10 points apiece.
"We've been working a lot on moving the ball around and balancing the offense,” said head coach Mike Hotchkiss.
While the offense was impressive, it was the defense that had Hotchkiss worried entering the game.
"We struggled defensively in our last two games and that was the focus in practice,” he said.
That focus helped as Adrian only managed 15 points in the first half. Jaslynn Rollins helped spark that effort with 15 rebounds and two blocks on the night for Lincoln.
Krysta Bowerman had a game-high 19 points for Adrian in the loss.
MANCHESTER 68, EAST JACKSON 35
After losing back-to-back games, Manchester rebounded with a convincing victory.
Taylor Manders scored 14 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Lady Dutch, but coach Cori Kastel was pleased that all 10 players on the roster scored for her squad.
"Everybody contributing was huge,” Kastel said. "Instead of relying on a couple people, everybody was on their game tonight.”
Manchester (8-2, 5-2 Cascades Conference) led 34-13 at halftime thanks in large part their rebounding and interior defense, according to Kastel.
East Jackson was led by Kassidy Blough, who scored nine points.
ARBOR PREP 55, WASHTENAW CHRISTIAN 26
Arbor Prep led 21-2 after the first quarter and cruised to a convincing win.
"We seem to play good at home at the beginning,” Arbor Prep coach Rod Wells said. “Then it's hard to keep them motivated at that point."
Zakiya Wells had 23 points, seven assists and six steals for Arbor Prep (8-0). Karlee Morris added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"We're giving a lot of girls an opportunity to play," Rod Wells said. "A lot of them are getting a learning experience."
Rachel Ballantyne scored 12 for Washtenaw Christian (3-3), which played better than the score indicated, according to Wells.
"Washtenaw Christian didn't play bad," Wells said. "They're a well-coached team."
The Wildcats did struggle at the free-throw line, however.
“You’re not going to win anything going 8-for-26 at the free-throw line,” Washtenaw Christian coach Bob Trevino said. “That’s not going to cut it.”
RUDOLF STEINER 42, MARSHALL ACADEMY 36
Tessa Belanger had a triple-double with 11 points, 15 rebounds and 12 steals for Rudolf Steiner.
Annika Sproull, despite playing most of the second half with four fouls, scored 10 for Steiner (3-3).
Cheyenne Blaine led Marshall with 12 points.
CLINTON 57, WHITMORE LAKE 56
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