(Photo by Tim Sheridan) Reese's Taylor Findlay shoots during the Rockets' 58-33 Greater Thumb West girls' basketball win over visiting Laker High Tuesday. Findlay contributed nine points and seven assists to the winning effort after verbally committing to continue her hoops career at Alma College earlier this week.

Hoops roundup: Kingston boys roll to win over Deckerville


Trailing 11-9 after the opening quarter, host Kingston proceeded to outscore Deckerville 52-28 the rest of the way for the 61-39 North Central Thumb Stars Division boys’ basketball victory on Thursday.

Evan Neff’s 15 points were high for the Cardinals (7-2, 3-1 NCTL Stars), while Nathan Cloyd contributed 12 points and Aaron Koehler finished with 11 points.

Boys’ basketball

Thursday’s game

Dryden 46, Mayville 37: Despite getting 20 points and 11 rebounds from Jeff Frost, Mayville fell to 4-4 (2-2 NCTL Stars) with the North Central Thumb Stars Division loss.

Trailing by just one at the half, 22-21, the Wildcats were outscored 24-16 the rest of the way.

Wednesday’s games

Cass City 57, Vassar 49: The third quarter was the difference maker for Cass City, where the Red Hawks (4-5, 1-2 GTC West) turned what was a 21-all tie at the half into a 38-30 advantage heading into the fourth quarter that held up for the Greater Thumb West home win.

Cass City stats were unavailable.

Ricardo Macon paced the Vulcans (3-4, 0-1 GTC West) with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Dylan Hubbard added 10 points, Gideon Damm had 12 rebounds and four blocks and Luke Albrecht contributed five assists.

Reese 61, Laker High 54: Gabe Robinson and Bryce Brechtelsbauer had 15 points each to lead the Rockets (6-4, 1-1 GTC West) to the Greater Thumb West win over the visiting Lakers.

(Photo by Tim Sheridan) Reese’s Gabe Robinson (2) makes a play at the rim during Wednesday’s 61-54 Greater Thumb West boys’ basketball win over visiting Laker High. He finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Both Robinson and Jake Rau also had nine rebounds, while Brechtelsbauer grabbed six rebounds.

Reese led 19-13 after the first quarter, 30-22 at halftime and 49-38 after three quarters.

Marlette 40, Memphis 34: Taking a 14-5 lead into the second quarter paid dividends for the Red Raiders (3-6, 1-2 GTC East), who held on to win the Greater Thumb East game despite being outscored 18-14 in the second half.

Marlette went into halftime leading 26-16, and was led by Sean Quade’s 20 points and Dillen Cook’s eight points. Logan Marshall and Brayden George added five rebounds each, while Quade finished with three steals.

Tuesday’s games

North Branch 64, Armada 38: Gerrid Rutledge scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the first half for visiting North Branch (6-4, 2-3 BWAC), and the Broncos outscored Armada 50-28 after the first quarter for the runaway Blue Water Area Conference win.

Leading 14-10 after the opening eight minutes, North Branch then outscored the Tigers by 11 points each in both the second (21-10) and third (19-8) quarters. The Broncos shared the ball well, earning assists on 17 of the team’s 25 made field goals.

Rutledge added four assists to his scoring effort, Riley Bugg had 10 points and six rebounds, Max Millerschin also scored 10 and Andrew Coulter contributed seven points and five rebounds for North Branch.

Mayville 46, Genesee 31: Jeff Frost’s team-high 22 points and 13 rebounds were the difference-maker in visiting Mayville’s (4-3, 3-1 NCTL Stars) North Central Thumb Stars Division victory.

The Wildcats’ defense backed up Frost’s peformance with an effort that held Genesee to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters.

Mayville led 12-6 after the first quarter, 24-16 at the half and 34-24 entering the fourth quarter.

Nick Phillips added seven points to the winning cause.

Frankenmuth 67, Standish Sterling 51: With four players scoring in double figures, Frankenmuth had too much depth for visiting Standish Sterling to contend with en route to earning the nonleague victory.

The Eagles (5-3) led 19-8 after the first quarter, 38-23 at halftime and 55-45 entering the fourth quarter.

Thomas Brooks had 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for Frankenmuth, Cody Kueffner led the Eagles in scoring with 16 points, Corey Thompson had 13 points, Tyler Somerville added 10 points and Ethan Jacobs chipped in six points and 13 rebounds.

Juniata Christian 64, Bridgeport Baptist 25: Key contributions from several different players, led by Caleb Willis’ double-double, helped Juniata (4-4) to the 39-point victory.

Willis led the Eagles in both points (16) and rebounds (10), Micah Flanders had 13 points, seven steals and six rebounds, Brandon Banks added 13 points and seven rebounds and Anthony Green finished with nine points, eight assists and seven steals.

Girls’ basketball

Thursday’s games

Reese 75, Bad Axe 29: Led by 13 points from Zoey Persails, Reese improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Greater Thumb West.

Taylor Findlay added 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Rockets, who also got 10 points each from Madi Thompson and Alex Reinert, with Thompson chipping in seven rebounds.

Laker High 50, Millington 31: Millington couldn’t overcome the 16-3 deficit it faced after the opening quarter of the nonleague loss to visiting Laker High.

Sam Ayotte paced the Cardinals (0-8) with 10 points, Anika Sykes scored nine and Leah Denome scored eight.

Tuesday’s games

USA 39, Caro 38: The visiting Patriots held on for the one-point Greater Thumb West win over Caro.

Rylee Zimmer led USA (4-3, 2-1 GTC West) with 11 points, Maci Montgomery added 10 points and Brynn Polega scored eight.

Leading Caro (3-4, 1-2 GTC West) was Raegan Ball with a game-high 14 points and five rebounds, while Kaitlyn Arebalo contributed six points and seven rebounds.

Reese 58, Laker High 33: On the strength of Maddi Osantowski’s 19 points and Madi Thompson’s double-double, host Reese improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Greater Thumb West.

Thompson finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Taylor Findlay added nine points and seven assists and Zoey Persails pulled down eight rebounds for the Rockets.

Kingston 71, North Huron 7: Visiting Kingston took a 31-4 lead after the opening eight minutes, and the outcome of the North Central Thumb Stars Division game was never in doubt.

Hannah James led the Cardinals (6-1, 2-0 NCTL Stars) with 18 points, Lily Lyons added 15 points and Carley Smith scored 11.

Cass City 46, Vassar 20: The middle quarters broke the game open for Cass City (5-4, 2-1 GTC West), which outscored Vassar (2-3, 0-2 GTC West) by a combined 30-7 in the second and third quarters on its way to securing the Greater Thumb West home win.

The Red Hawks led 7-4 after the first quarter, 22-6 at halftime and 37-11 after three quarters.

Tiara Anthony’s nine points led a balanced Cass City offensive arsenal, Kacey Haire and Brittany Hamilton contributed eight points each and Kelly Ziegler scored seven points.

Sarah Colosky led Vassar with seven points and five rebounds, Lainey Zwerk added five points, five rebounds and three steals, Michaela Lintner had five points and Emilee Whitney pulled down eight rebounds.

Marlette 46, Memphis 16: Led by Liz Rohling’s game-highs of 14 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks, the Red Raiders (2-6, 1-2 GTC East) led from start to finish, seizing a 13-3 lead after the first quarter and limiting Memphis to three points or less in three of four quarters for the Greater Thumb East road win.

Ashlyn Perales also had 14 points for Marlette, Jordyn Boyne scored 10, Riley Ford pulled down nine rebounds and Ford and Boyne had three steals each.

Standish Sterling 49, Frankenmuth 42: Kelynn Kujat and Brooklin Karwat combined to score all but 10 of Frankenmuth’s points, but the visiting Eagles couldn’t overcome their slow start that put them in a nine-point hole at halftime of the eventual nonleague loss.

The Eagles (4-3) trailed 9-6 after the first quarter and 22-13 at halftime. They cut the deficit to seven after three quarters at 35-28, but had to settle for trading baskets the rest of the way as both teams had 14 fourth-quarter points.

Kujat’s 18 points led Frankenmuth, while Karwat scored 14.

Genesee 28, Mayville 27: Sydney Hanson highlighted visiting Mayville’s efforts with eight points in the one-point North Central Thumb Stars Division defeat.

Carly Hoag and Alexis Rutter added four points each for the Wildcats, now 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the NCTL Stars Division.

Dryden 51, Akron-Fairgrove 13: Stacia Cohee had six points for the Vikings (1-6) in the North Central Thumb crossover loss, while Cynthia Beauvais added five points.

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