2014-01-29 / Sports

Schedule gets tight for Lady Pioneers

CROSWELL - With the onslaught of poor weather conditions most of January, the Cros-Lex girls varsity basketball team faces a tough finishing schedule in the remainder of the regular season.

The Lady Pioneers lead the BWAC with a 4-0 a record (8-1 overall). Armada and Richmond are tied for second at 6-1. Having played three less games than their nearest two pursuers, C-L will test its stamina the rest of the way with three games each week because of make-ups. With those cancellations, including a pair last week, Cros-Lex has managed to get in just two contests this month.

Along with he Lady Pioneers' remaining schedule are these following make-ups: at Capac, Wed., Jan. 29; home vs. Almont, Wed., Feb. 5; home vs. Richmond, Wed., Feb. 12; and, at Imlay City, Mon., Feb. 17.

CPS girls take over Stripes lead

MAYVILLE - While getting some help from Peck and Port Hope, the CPS Tigers took care of their own business on the basketball court last Thursday to take over the lead in the NCTL Stripes Division.

The Lady Tigers improved to 5-2 in the division after racing past Mayville, 56-24. North Huron had led the division entering week but suffered back-tobak losses to the Pirates and Bluestars and slipped to 4-3.

In the victory against the Wildcats, CPS had a, 27-15, lead at halftime, but then exploded in the third quarter, outscoring Mayville, 21-0, to build a 33-point lead.

Senior Sarah Albrecht of the Tigers was unstoppable from the second quarter on on, finishing with a season-high 24 points, plus collecting seven rebounds and nine steals. Guard Katelyn Frostic added 12 points and junior center Alex Welsh had 11 rebounds and six points.

Kingston 44 CPS 24; The Tigers could not get an offense going soon enough and fell to the NCTL's top team last Tuesday night.

The Cardinals, 7-0 in league play and 9-2 overall, went into halftime with an 18 point, 25-7, lead.

Albrecht provided much of CPS's offense by finishing with 12 points. She also had eight rebounds and four steals.

A balanced Cardinal attack was led by Jenna Boyl with 12 points.

Lady Pirates win 2-of-3

PORT HOPE - After a rough stretch that saw a four-game losing streak, the Peck Pirates played three games in four days in the past week and came away with a pair of victories.

After defeating North Huron and Mayville, the Lady Pirates lost a close, 50-45, NCTL contest at Port Hope last Tuesday night.

Peck, now 3-3 in the Stars Division and 4-5 overall, trailed by just one, 20-19, at halftime and by three, 33-30, after three quarters. The Bluestars then sank nine of 16 free throws in the final eight minutes to hold on for the win.

The Lady Pirates had a team-high 17 points, including four three-pointers, from junior Courtney Groat. Freshman Daleigh Bissett added nine points.

Port Hope's Jenna Arndt led all scorers with 21 points.

Peck 63 North Huron 34: A 24-point second quarter led the Lady Pirates to a, 31-16, halftime lead on Monday night. They cruised in for the win over the Warriors after that.

Groat gunned in 12 of her 22 points in that second quarter to lead all scorers. Peck also had 13 points from freshman Abbey Shell, 11 from Leigh Knox and eight from Bissett.

Peck 37 Mayville 33: In a make-up game the Saturday before, the Lady Pirates outscored the Wildcats, 10-0, in the third quarter to pull away for the league victory.

A balanced scoring attack was led by Knox and Sami Murray with eight points each.

Lady 'Skins stay unbeaten in East

MARLETTE - The Marlette Red Raiders had a chance to tighten up the GTC East girls hoops race on Thursday night, but the Sandusky Redskins were not willing to let that happen.

A another strong defensive effort helped the Lady Redskins take care of the Lady Raiders, 50- 31, at Terry Reid Gymnasium. Sandusky, 11-1 overall, is now 4-0 in the East while Marlette dropped to 3-2, 8-4 on the season.

The Lady 'Skins outscored the Raiders in all four quarters to gradually pull away. They were on top, 24-16, at the break and by 13, 38-25, after three quarters.

While senior guard Alyssa Webb led the way again in the scoring column with 15 points for Sandusky, junior forward Keegan Nelson turned in a big, overall performance with 13 points, four assists, four steals and three blocks.

"Keegan played a great all-around game," lauded Al DeMott, SHS coach. "She did a great job on Mackenzie Kelly (Jr., F), defensively, and played, far and away, her best game of her career."

Junior Brooke Krueger and freshman Jessica Kursinsky both tossed in seven points. Kursinsky also added five rebounds and three steals.

"Jessica came off the bench and gave us a real boost," added DeMott.

Sandusky also had eight rebounds and three blocks from senior post Audrey Bracken.

The Lady Raiders' Keara Wilson, a senior guard, provided most of the offense for her team, finishing with 16 points. Kelly was next with seven points.

Sandusky 38 Ubly 12: The Lady 'Skins held the Bearcats to four points or less in all four quarters to handily collect a GTC East victory last Tuesday night.

They jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first half and pulled away from there.

Webb scored all eight of her points on the night in that opening quarter. Bracken also finished with eight points.

Devils fall to Pirates in East hoops

The Harbor Beach Pirates went to 2-0 in GTC East play on Wednesday night at the expense of the Brown City Green Devils. BC, which fell to 0-2 in the East, lost the game, 52-38.

Harbor Beach, following an emotional win against Marlette the Friday before, started slow and led BC by just four points, 20-16, at halftime. The Devils, however, were outscored, 19-10, in the third quarter and fell behind by 13.

Brown City's Alex Bartle led all scorers in the game with 18 points. No one else had more than six for BC.

Eli Kraft notched 15 and Jacob Butterfield and Cody Siemen each tallied 14 for the Pirates.

Last Friday night's home game against Memphis was postponed.

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