THUMB AREA

Hannah James led Kingston (8-1, 4-0 NCTL Stars) in scoring for the second consecutive game, as her 17 points helped guide the Cardinals to a 63-5 North Central Thumb Stars girls’ basketball win Monday at Mayville.

Anna Ahern contributed 11 points, Camryn MacGuire scored nine and Ashtian Davis added eight points to the winning cause. 

Girls’ basketball

Monday’s games

Carsonville-Port Sanilac 26, Owendale-Gagetown 24: The second half was the difference, where the visiting Bulldogs (1-8, 0-4 NCTL Stripes) were outscored 17-10 on their way to falling in North Central Thumb Stripes play.

Dana Morrish had nine points and eight rebounds for O-G, Maddy Haldane had seven points, Carley Haldane added six points and eight rebounds and Libby Ondrajka finished with three steals.

Juniata Christian 43, Faith of Lapeer 41: Autumn Green led visiting Juniata with 13 points, Hannah Smith had 12 points and four assists for the Eagles (4-4, 2-1 MACS) and Mattison Smith grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds.

Friday’s games

Akron-Fairgrove 40, Owendale-Gagetown 39: Akron-Fairgrove (2-6, 1-3 NCTL Stripes) went on a 10-0 run to erase what had been a 37-30 deficit with three minutes remaining, and the visiting Vikings held on for the one-point North Central Thumb Stripes Division victory.

Answering the 10-0 A-F run with a pair of free throws to pull within one, the Bulldogs (1-7, 0-3 NCTL Stripes) got the ball back with the chance to win after the Vikings missed two free throws. A block by A-F’s Abby Dunn in the paint with 0.3 seconds remaining ended the threat and gave the Vikings the win.

The Vikings jumped out to a big early lead, 15-6 after the first quarter, but had to settle for an 18-14 lead at the half.

O-G assumed control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring A-F 17-8 during that stretch to take a 31-26 advantage into the fourth.

Top scorers for A-F were Stacia Cohee with her game-high 13 points, Cynthia Beauvais with 10 points, Dunn with nine and Baily Diehl with eight.

Libby Ondrajka paced the Bulldogs with 10 points, five steals and four rebounds, Dagon Lacroix contributed nine points, Erin Morrish had six points, Carley Haldane grabbed seven rebounds, Dana Morrish pulled down six rebounds and Madelyn Haldane finished with four steals and four assists.

Kingston 48, Deckerville 19: Host Kingston (7-1, 3-0 NCTL Stars) took control of the North Central Thumb Stars game from the opening tip, leading 15-6 after the first quarter, expanding its lead to 33-13 at halftime, and taking a 42-13 lead into the fourth after shutting the Eagles out in the third.

Hannah James led the Cardinals with 14 points, Carley Smith added 12 points and Jillyan Dinsmore scored eight.

Frankenmuth 56, Bridgeport 30: Kelynn Kujat had a game-high 23 points, five steals and four assists as the catalyst to the Eagles’ (5-3, 1-0 TVC East) 26-point Tri-Valley East road victory.

Just a nine-point game at the intermission, with Frankenmuth leading 31-22, the Eagles proceeded to turn momentum in their favor by outscoring the Bearcats 25-8 the rest of the way.

Brooklin Karwat complemented Kujat with 14 points and a team-best seven steals, Emma Kerkau had eight points and Claire Breinager led the Eagles with a team-high nine rebounds.

North Branch 42, Algonac 37: Strong starts to each half helped account for the difference in the host Broncos’ (3-4, 1-3 BWAC) Blue Water Area Conference win.

North Branch took a 15-5 lead into the second quarter, but lost some momentum to go into halftime leading just 27-25. The Broncos reverted back to their first-quarter defensive form in the third, outscoring Algonac 8-4 and taking a 35-29 lead entering the fourth that held up.

Reese Ruhlman keyed the winning effort with 14 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Emily Ludescher contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds, Amy Ludescher grabbed 10 rebounds and Jade Andrzejewski scored six points for the Broncos.

Dryden 58, Mayville 11: Julia Smith led host Mayville (1-7, 0-3 NCTL Stripes) with four points.

Juniata Christian 38, Immanuel Baptist of Owosso 35: A team-high 17 points from Sarah Crooks helped visiting Juniata improve to 3-4 (2-1 Michigan Association of Christian Schools).

Hannah Smith and Gracie Smith added nine rebounds each to the winning effort.

Boys’ basketball

Friday’s games

Bad Axe 47, Reese 42: A toss-up at the half with the score tied at 19, Reese (7-4, 1-2 GTC West) was outscored 28-23 the rest of the way in dropping the Greater Thumb West game.

Gabe Robinson and Bryce Brechtelsbauer both had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.

USA 51, Cass City 39: Micah Cramer’s game-high 19 points helped keep the Patriots (7-0, 3-0 GTC West) unbeaten with the Greater Thumb West win over the visiting Red Hawks.

USA led 12-7 after the first quarter and 24-21 at halftime, but created some separation in the second half, outscoring Cass City 27-18 the rest of the way.

Tyler Heckroth added 13 points and Landin Zimmer scored 12 for the Patriots.

Sandyn Cuthrell led the Red Hawks with 14 points, while Hayden Horn scored seven for Cass City.

Millington 62, Birch Run 39: On a night where the Cardinals (7-2, 1-0 TVC East) honored alumni Vern Sergent, Robin Kozuch and Reneé Dukate between the girls’ and boys’ varsity games, they played up to the occasion in earning the Tri-Valley East home win.

Zac Yorke gave Millington early momentum by scoring 16 of his 19 points in the first half, which ended with the Cardinals leading 34-24.

Ethan Brady had a game-high 20 points for Millington, fortifying its command of the Panthers over the last 16 minutes.

North Branch 70, Algonac 42: The host Broncos (7-4, 3-3 BWAC) assembled a 24-6 lead after the opening eight minutes and, despite scoring just five points in the second quarter, never looked back on their way to earning the Blue Water Area Conference win.

Riley Bugg had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for North Branch, which led 29-13 at halftime and 54-33 entering the fourth quarter. Gerrid Rutledge followed with 15 points and Evan Schapman scored 13 for the Broncos.

Bridgeport 70, Frankenmuth 41: Frankenmuth (5-4, 0-1 TVC East) was unable to recover from its 14 first-half turnovers in the Tri-Valley East road loss to the Division 2 second-ranked and still unbeaten Bearcats.

SirQuarius Ball had 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half for Bridgeport, Frankie Gonzalez hit 7 of 8 3-pointers to add 21 points and Markele Garrett contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals.

Thomas Brooks had 11 points and three steals for the Eagles, who trailed 17-8 after the first quarter, 38-17 at halftime and 57-34 entering the fourth quarter. Tyler Somerville added 10 points and four rebounds for Frankenmuth, Ethan Jacobs had four points and 10 rebounds, Cody Kueffner had eight points and Corey Thompson distributed seven assists.

Juniata Christian 73, Immanuel Baptist of Owosso 60: Caleb Willis’ team-highs of 27 points, 15 rebounds and six steals led a big offensive day by Juniata in earning the Michigan Association of Christian Schools road win.

Micah Flanders added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (5-4, 2-1 MACS), Anthony Green had 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Brandon Banks finished with 12 points and six rebounds.

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