Millington defense takes center stage as Cardinals down Vassar in season opener
VASSAR — The Millington defense was relentless Tuesday evening, and it reflected on the scoreboard.
The Cardinals girls’ basketball team set a new program record for points allowed in a game, rolling to a 61-11 win at Vassar in the season opener for both teams.
“One of our goals night in and night out will be our defensive intensity,” said Millington first-year coach Christian Selich. “Midway through the first quarter tonight, we found our game intensity defensively. I was really proud of the effort shown by all 10 girls.”
The Cardinals led 25-2 after the first quarter and 47-2 at halftime of the non-league contest.
Millington didn’t have a senior last year, and that experience showed Tuesday as every player got in the scoring column.
Hannah Hall led the way for Millington with 15 points and seven rebounds. Point guard Haley Trickey had a good all-around game with six points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Sydney Olmstead had nine points, six rebounds and four steals, Regan Ostrander delivered eight points and Elizabeth Selich and Kayla Petzold added seven points each.
Jenna Huizar led Vassar with four points.
Millington is back in action Tuesday at home against Reese.
Cass City 53, Mayville 23
CASS CITY — The Red Hawks rolled out to a 31-3 lead at halftime in the non-league, season opener.
Junior Sayge Cuthrell led Cass City with 16 points, half of which came in the first quarter. Kacey Haire contributed 12 points while Dakota Cook added eight and Lauren Fernald delivered seven.
Most of Mayville’s points came from last year’s leading scorer — Lauryn Frenzel — who scored 12. Larissa Drozdowski tacked on six for the Wildcats.
Caseville 40, Akron-Fairgrove 36
CASEVILLE — Madison Wagner scored a game-high 17 points for Akron-Fairgrove, but it wasn’t enough to get the season-opening win.
Katelyn Smith added 11 points and Cindy Beauvais contributed six.
Heidi Ewald led Caseville with 13 points.
Frankenmuth 40, Midland Bullock Creek 38
FRANKENMUTH — Lindsey Mertz had a monster game on the glass, pulling down 16 rebounds as the Eagles started the season with a non-league win.
Kaylee Kujat had 11 points and seven rebounds in her first varsity game while Hannah Karwat pulled down nine rebounds.
The Eagles were down by as many as 11 in the third quarter, before fighting back to get the win.
Marlette 49, Armada 41
ARMADA — After a slow offensive start to the game, by both teams, shots started falling in the second half. And the Red Raiders benefitted most, winning the season opener.
Marlette led 17-14 at halftime and 31-29 after three quarters before winning the final stanza 18-12.
Three players scored in double figures for the Red Raiders — Sydney Parker (14), Alissa Bradeen (12) and Hannah Kady (10). Kady led the team with eight rebounds and Caitlin Quade had a team-high three assists.