Muskegon-area basketball highlights: Kent City girls survive test from Hart

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MUSKEGON – The Kent City girls basketball team survived its toughest test to date Tuesday night as they fended off Hart for a 42-39 win in non-conference action.

The Pirates jumped out to a 7-1 lead to start the game, but the Eagles rallied to force a 15-15 tie at halftime. Neither team could create separation in the third quarter, as the game would enter the final quarter of play tied at 27-27.

In the final quarter of play, Kent City secured a late 38-26 lead and held on down the stretch to remain undefeated at 17-0 overall.

Madelyn Geers finished with a game-high 29 points and seven rebounds to lead Kent City, while Lexie Bowers added 11 points, six rebounds, three steals and one block.

Addi Hovey finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks to lead Hart, while Mariana VanAgtmael added 10 points and four assists and Aspen Boutell had six points and four rebounds.

TUESDAY’S SCORES

GIRLS

ALLIANCE LEAGUE

Wyoming Potter’s House 38, Fruitport Calvary Christian 22

The Eagles were outscored 14-0 in the second quarter and couldn’t recover in the second half in an Alliance League loss to Potter’s House on Tuesday night.

Raegan Payton finished with 14 points and four rebounds to lead Fruitport Calvary, while Cate Anhalt added four points and seven rebounds.

CSAA GOLD

Grant 57, Fremont 43

The Tigers took a 26-16 lead at halftime and extended their lead to 20 points heading into the fourth quarter on their way to a CSAA Gold win Tuesday night.

Haley Zerlaut finished with 21 points to lead Fremont, while Kaitlyn Bennett added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Chloe Chase scored 12 points to lead Grant, while Sara Arends added 11 points, and Julie Ashbaugh and Jaycee Rider each added 10 points.

Newaygo 70, Howard City Tri-County 30

The Lions jumped out to a 45-20 advantage in the first half and cruised past Tri-County the rest of the way for a CSAA Gold win Tuesday night. Newaygo secured at least a share of the league championship with the victory.

Jaxi Long finished with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead Newaygo, while Emmerson Goodin added 15 points, six steals and six rebounds and Kayla Fisk had 14 points and eight rebounds.

CSAA SILVER

White Cloud 34, North Muskegon 21

The Norse fell behind 8-0 after the first quarter of play and couldn’t complete a second-half comeback in a non-conference loss to White Cloud on Tuesday night.

Francine Vinson scored five points to lead North Muskegon.

LAKES EIGHT

Cadillac 47, Ludington 34

*No stats reported

Muskegon Heights Academy 66, Muskegon Catholic Central 61

The Crusaders held a narrow 35-34 lead at halftime but the Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter for a comeback win in Lakes Eight Conference action Tuesday night.

Sara Albanese scored 20 points to lead Muskegon Catholic Central, while Erin LaVigne and McKenna Gentry each added 10 points.

Western Michigan Christian 46, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 40

The Warriors jumped out to a 16-5 lead and ended the game on a 14-11 run to secure a non-confernece home win Tuesday night.

Kyla Wiersema finished with 20 points to lead Western Michigan Christian, while Maddie Wieresma added 14 points and six rebounds.

“Getting back after a week without a game was a fun experience,” said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “We started well, but Covenant came out in the second quarter and made every possession difficult. I was very happy with the win against a good team. We are sad to lose another player tonight. Kirsten Vanorman had a knee injury and could not play. We are praying for a quick recovery.”

OK BLUE

Holland Christian 58, Fruit Port 29

Anna Bol and Auebre Johnson each scored 10 points to lead Fruitport, while Sabi Miel added four points.

Spring Lake 60, Coopersville 27

The Lakers raced out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter and continued to cruise past the Broncos for a convincing OK Blue Conference win Tuesday night.

Jennifer Judge finished with 16 points to lead Spring Lake, while Alexa Carter added 12 points and eight rebounds, Ella Andree had 12 points and five steals.

OK GREEN

Muskegon 57, Holland 52

*No stats reported

Reeths Puffer 42, Mona Shores 32

The Rockets held a narrow 19-16 lead at halftime and ended the game on a 16-9 run to secure an OK Green Conference home win over the Sailors on Tuesday night.

Ariel Walker finished with 15 points to lead Reeths-Puffer, while Arrionna Williams added 10 points, Sophia Hekkema had nine points and 13 rebounds and Brooklyn Tornes had six points and three steals.

Jenna Tierma scored 15 points to lead Mona Shores, while Khaleeya Cook added seven points.

OK RED

Rockford 58, Grand Haven 32

Abbey Klumpel finished with seven points and six rebounds to lead Grand Haven, while Molly Long and Heidi Berkey each scored six points and Caydee Constant had five points.

WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE

Mason County Central 38, Onekama 28

The Spartans held a 20-16 lead at halftime and ended the game on an 11-6 run to secure a non-conference win over Onekama on Tuesday night.

Wren Nelson finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds to lead Mason County Central, while Adria Quigley added eight points and three steals.

Ravenna 32, Holton 16

The Bulldogs rolled past the Red Devils for a non-conference win Tuesday night.

Kendra Postema finished with six points to lead Ravenna, while Emma Gilliard and Madeline Kilborne each added five points.

Montague 51 Manistee 29

The Wildcats outscored the Chippewas 19-6 in the second quarter and ended the game on an 18-6 run to secure a non-conference win Monday night.

Haylee Schwarz scored 14 points to lead Montague, while Kendall Osborne added 13 points and Emma Dyer had 10 points.

BOYS

ALLIANCE LEAGUE

Wyoming Potter’s House 71, Fruitport Calvary Christian 50

The Eagles couldn’t overcome a hot-shooting night from Potter’s House, as the Pumas knocked down 15 three-pointers to pull away for an Alliance League win Tuesday night.

Jacob May finished with 14 points to lead Fruitport Calvary Christian, while Bradley Richards added 12 points and Ethan Cammenga had 10 points.

“It was a disappointing night for us,” said Fruitport Calvary Christian head coach Brad Richards. “They are a team loaded with athletes and basketball players and they beat us in every phase of the game. Give them credit.”

CSAA GOLD

Grant 60, Fremont 50

The Tigers jumped out to a 19-9 lead and scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to secure a CSAA Gold win Tuesday night.

Seth Schuitema finished with 26 points to lead Grant, while Lucas Swanson added 12 points and Gage Cronk had eight points.

Logan Nelson scored 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead Fremont, while Jordan McDonald added 12 points.

Newaygo 52, Howard City Tri-County 47

Jaden Osawabin finished with 16 points to lead Newaygo, while Bryce Decker added 13 points and 11 rebounds, Josiah Long had 13 points, five assists, and six rebounds, Caris Nelson had five assists and Remy Wells had four assists.

“It was good to see the boys win a tight game,” said Newaygo head coach Jason Long. “I felt they battled all night and put themselves in a position at the end of the game to win.”

LAKES EIGHT

Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 79, Western Michigan Christian 55

The Warriors fell behind 37-24 in the first half and couldn’t complete a second-half comeback in a non-conference loss to Covenant Christian on Tuesday night.

Owen Varnado finished with 39 points and nine rebounds to lead WMC, while Jared Olsen added 11 points.

Muskegon Heights Academy 51, Muskegon Catholic Central 45

The Tigers raced out to a 17-8 advantage to start the game and fended off a late rally by the Crusaders in the fourth quarter to secure a hard-fought Lakes Eight Conference win Tuesday.

Chase Willer finished with 12 points to lead Muskegon Catholic, while Tramel Caviness added eight points and Elliott Riegler added four steals.

OK BLUE

Coopersville 44, Spring Lake 42

The Lakers took a 19-13 lead at halftime but the Broncos stormed back in the third to take a 25-24 lead into the final quarter of play and held on for an OK Blue Conference win Tuesday night.

Kaden George finished with 21 points to lead Spring Lake, while Porter Saunders added 10 points and Jackson Core had seven assists.

Holland Christian vs. fruit port

*No score reported

OK GREEN

Muskegon 61, Holland 51

The Big Reds used a balanced scoring attack to take a 33-24 lead at halftime and fended off the Dutch for an OK Green Conference win Tuesday night.

Jordan Briggs finished with 15 points to lead Muskegon, while Anthony Sydnor added 11 points, Stanley Cunningham had eight points and Devin Bartee had seven points.

Muskegon clinched at least a share of the league championship with the win over Holland and extended their lead in the standings to three games over Reeths-Puffer. The Big Reds can clinch an outright share of the OK Green title with a win over Mona Shores on Friday.

Reeths Puffer 47, Mona Shores 42

The Rockets outscored the Sailors 13-9 in the fourth quarter after a back-and-forth contest through three-quarters of play to secure an OK Green Confernece win Tuesday night.

Travis Ambrose finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Reeths-Puffer, while Jaxon Whitaker added 15 points and four assists and Logan Brooks added seven rebounds.

Keonte Richards scored 14 points to lead Mona Shores, while Donovan Russell added 10 points.

OK RED

Grand Haven 54, Rockford 51

The Buccaneers took a 27-22 lead at halftime and fended off the Rams down the stretch for a pivotal OK Red Conference road win Tuesday night. The two teams are now in a two-way tie atop the league standings.

Harrison Sorrelle scored 28 points, including 19 in the first half, to pace Grand Haven, while Bashir Neely added 15 points and Nic Stump had eight points and 11 rebounds.

Caden Pokorzynski finished with 13 points to lead Rockford, while Andrew Landis added 11 points and Jack Lamancusa had 10 points.

WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE

Montague 48, North Muskegon 40

The Wildcats rallied from an early 7-point deficit and fended off the Norse in the second half for a West Michigan Conference win Tuesday night.

Tate Stine finished with 16 points to lead Montague, while Isaiah Atchison added 13 points.

Troy McManus scored 14 points to lead North Muskegon, while Jason Bogue added six points and 11 rebounds.

Oakridge 65, Ravenna 41

The Eagles flew out to a 34-15 advantage in the first half and fended off the Bulldogs in the second half for a West Michigan Conference win Tuesday night.

Garrett Weaver finished with 25 points and eight rebounds to lead Oakridge, while Ethan Jozsa added 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Grant Becklin scored 15 points to lead Ravenna.

Shelby 54, Mason County Central 44

The Tigers overcame a slow start in the first quarter and surged past the Spartans in the second half for a West Michigan Conference win Tuesday night.

Joseph Hayes finished with 27 points to lead Shelby, while Bishop Lee added 11 points.

Whitehall 65, Hart 35

The Vikings opened the game on a 19-2 run and continued to pull away from the Pirates the rest of the way for a convincing West Michigan Conference win Tuesday night.

Camden Thompson finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Whitehall, while Kal Koehler added 10 points and six rebounds.

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