2015-12-16 / Sports

Marlette 2-0 on week; still undefeated

Cros-Lex junior Rebecca Oden takes the ball to the hoop in last week’s BWAC opener against Yale. Photo by Joe Crawford Cros-Lex junior Rebecca Oden takes the ball to the hoop in last week’s BWAC opener against Yale. Photo by Joe Crawford VASSAR – Two more non-league wins on the hardcourt last week has put the Marlette girls basketball team at 3-0 in the young season.

Last Thursday night the Lady Red Raiders overcame a poor shooting night from the floor to hold off Vassar, 37-27, in a GTC crossover contest.

Marlette, which went 14-for-57 from the floor, held on to a 13-8 lead at halftime and pushed the margin to nine points, 25-16, in the third quarter.

Sophomore Emily Schaub held the lone hot hand in the scoring department for Marlette, finishing with 17 points, including a 3-for-3 effort from the three-point stripe. She also added six rebounds.

Senior Haley Cross had eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Marlette 41 Kingston 28: A stifling defense, which included 20 steals, led Marlette to last Tuesday night’s non-league win over the Cardinals.

Leading by just three, 11-8, at halftime, the Lady Raiders pulled away in the final two quarters.

Schaub finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Meanwhile, Cross added nine points, Alissa Bradeen had three steals and four assists, and Morgan Klein chipped in with four steals.

Lady Devils gather second win

BROWN CITY – The Lady Green Devils of Brown City picked up their second straight win on the basketball court last Tuesday by knocking off Armada, 45-35, in a non-league contest.

Now 2-0 to start the campaign, BC led, 24-020 at halftime and increased the margin in each of the final two quarters.

The Lady Devils had some nice balance on the offensive end. Senior Taylor Pitts led the way with 14 points while freshman Kendal Muxlow added 11. Hannah Long and Olivia Liebler contributed eight and six points. BC also pounded the boards with Pitts, Muxlow and Long combining for 25 rebounds.

Defense leads C-L girls to pair of wins

The Cros-Lex Pioneers picked up their first two wins of the young girls basketball season last week, including a, 58-28, win over Yale in their BWAC opener.

In the game played last Tuesday night, the Lady Pioneers went on a, 14-2 run to close out the first half and a built a 16-point, 36-20 lead.

“Our defense forced turnovers and we finished opportunities in transition,” noted Darren Bongard, C-L head coach. “We played great defense in the second half, limiting Yale to eight points.”

Notable defensively for C-L, Allessa Calamita finished with seven steals while Desiree Lerma and Calli Townsend each had five. Calamita led the team in scoring with 11 points while Rachel Soper and Becca Oden each had 10. Lerma had eight points and Townsend dished out six assists.

Cros-Lex 33 Warren Fitzgerald 28: It was not a pretty night, offensively, for the Lady Pioneers in the non-league win at Fitzgerald. But, the defense did its job. Offensively, Cros-Lex made just 12 of 61 shots from the floor.

“We’re happy to escape with the victory,” Bongard said. “We worked hard all night and never quit playing.”

Soper led the way with 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman Sydney Soper had seven points.

3-0 start for Lady ‘Skins

CASS CITY – The Sandusky girls basketball team may be young this season, but Coach Al DeMott’s program keeps winning.

The Lady Redskins went to 3-0 on the season last Wednesday night by rolling past Cass City, 68-46.

It was a strong offensive night for the winners, who led 35-16 at halftime and 58-26 through three quarters.

Sophomore Haley Nelson led the way with an impressive fivestat performance – 18 points, six rebounds, five steals, four assists and four blocks. Four other players scored six or more points – Jenna Franzel with nine, Madisen Jansen and Ceirra Phillips with eight each and Lacey Nielson with six. Freshman Gabrielle Gough helped on the glass with nine rebounds and Nielsen had seven. Meanwhile, Madison Armstrong led in assists with six and senior Leah Rourke added five points.

“They did a great job again sharing the ball,” noted Demott, now in his 36th season at SHS. “We moved the ball real well and had 24 assists.”

The Lady Redskins, two-time defending GTC East champions, will have an early showdown this Thursday night when they visit the Marlette Red Raiders (3-0) in a league opener. The Lady Raiders were a pre-season favorite to claim the East title.

Lady Pirates earn first win

After opening the girls hoops season the week before with rugged contests with Harbor Beach and Richmond, the Peck Pirates bounced back this past Friday to record their first victory. The Lady Pirates held off Akron- Fairgrove, 45-41.

Peck had built a 21-point lead, 30-9, in the first half against the Vikings, but then had to hold off a furious rally in the fourth quarter.

Alyissa VanConant led the way for the Lady Pirates with 14 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Meanwhile, Jenna Lodge tossed in 10 points and Daleigh Bissett added eight.

Peck begins NCTL play this week.

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