Girls’ basketball roundup
Unionville-Sebewaing Area 61, Laker 32
PIGEON — Holding a slim 25-23 lead at halftime, the Patriots turned up the intensity in the second half to capture a win in their first Greater Thumb West contest.
Marisa Morton had 18 points and five steals and Lauren Adam contributed 17 points to go with six assists. Laken Polega added eight points and Katie Engelhardt grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
USA (3-2) is off until after the holidays, resuming action Jan. 4 at Bay City John Glenn.
Sandusky 49, Marlette 21
SANDUSKY — The two squads played to a 11-11 tie after one quarter, but the Redskins played shut-down defense the remainder of the game in the Greater Thumb East opener.
Caitlin Quade led Marlette with eight points while Sydney Ladd grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The Red Raiders (4-2, 0-1) next play Jan. 5 at home against Ubly
Reese 42, Vassar 15
VASSAR — The Rockets picked up the win in the Greater Thumb West opener for both schools.
Savannah Comstock and Abbey Ackerman each scored 11 points to pace Reese.
Kassie Verbeek led the Vulcans with six points.
Reese (5-1, 1-0) is next at Montrose Jan. 3. Vassar (1-5, 0-1) is at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy on Jan. 4.
Millington 56, Birch Run 49
MILLINGTON — The Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak against Birch Run and improved to 2-0 (3-1 overall) in the Tri-Valley Conference East with the win.
Haley Trickey and Sydney Olmstead each scored 15 points and Hannah Hall posted her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds for Millington
The Cardinals trailed 21-20 at halftime before pulling away with a 25-19 fourth quarter.
Kayla Petzold and Elizabeth Selich added seven and six points respectively for Millington while Selich pulled down six rebounds.
Frankenmuth 62, Bridgeport 37
BRIDGEPORT — Every girl on Frankenmuth’s roster scored as the Eagles improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference East.
Lindsey Mertz scored 16 points, Kaylee Kujat chipped in with 11 and Hannah Karwat provided a double-double consisting of 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Eagles held a 28-16 lead at halftime.
Essexville Garber 63, Caro 36
HAMPTON TOWNSHIP — The Tigers fell to 0-5 and 0-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference East with the loss.
Garber jumped out to a 17-3 edge after one quarter and extended it to 35-13 at halftime.
Hannah Dennis led Caro with seven points. Cheyenne Williamson poured in 22 for the Dukes.
Otisville-LakeVille 50, North Branch 45
NORTH BRANCH — Carly Warda scored 13 points and Kendall Wilson added 12 for the Broncos, which fell to 0-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference East and 1-3 overall.
Reese Ruhlman added nine points.
Mayville 42, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 17
MAYVILLE — Lauryn Frenzel poured in 21 points as the Wildcats began their North Central Thumb League season with a win.
Mayville held a slim 5-2 lead after a quarter of play before extending it to 21-8 at halftime. After taking a 32-17 lead into the fourth, the Wildcats didn’t allow another point in the game.
Jenna Franks added seven points for Mayville (3-2, 2-1) while Peyton Williams contributed six.
Unionville-Sebewaing Area 55, Marlette 47
SEBEWAING — Marisa Morton scored 17 points, leading the Patriots to the non-league win.
After a close first half that saw USA go into the break with a 25-24 lead, the Patriots won the third quarter 16-10.
Lauren Adam and Reigen Ryan tossed in 11 points each for USA (2-2).
Hannah Kady led Marlette, who is playing without injured star Emily Schaub, with 15 points while Caitlin Quade added nine and Sydney Ladd chipped in with eight points.
It was the Red Raiders (4-1) first loss of the season.
Reese 47, Bay City John Glenn 33
BAY CITY — The Rockets continued their difficult non-league schedule with a big road win at John Glenn — which at one point last season was ranked in the top-20 in the United States according to USA Today.
The Bobcats held a slim 18-15 lead at halftime, but Reese owned the second half, outscoring John Glenn 15-7 in the third quarter and 17-8 in the fourth.
Sophomore point guard Taylor Findlay paced Reese with 15 points while Kent St. softball signee Carlee Selle scored 12.
John Glenn standout Kalle Martinez, a senior point guard who has signed to play basketball at Central Michigan University, scored 27 of Glenn’s 33. She also went over the 1,000 point total in her career in the contest.
The Rockets improved to 4-1, and also have wins over Millington and Frankenmuth.
Kingston 32, Saginaw Nouvel 30
KINGSTON — The Cardinals picked up a signature win over traditional state-power Nouvel.
Kingston led 19-14 at halftime and held a 23-22 lead after three before holding on in the final stanza.
Lily Lyons paced the Cardinals (3-1) with 11 points and Carley Smith added seven.
Charley Hengesbach had 13 points for 3-1 Nouvel.
Sandusky 51, Vassar 16
SANDUSKY — The Vulcans fell to 1-4 with the non-league loss.
Jenna Huizar led Vassar with six points while Tristin Paquette and Emilee Whitney added four points apiece.
Juniata Christian 33, Clarkston Springfield Christian 8
CLARKSTON — Ashley Green had eight points and 14 rebounds as Juniata improved to 4-3.
Heather Cooper and Makayla Yeomans each scored six points and Heidi Cooper had a solid all-around game with four points, six rebounds and four assists.