MCC routs Falcons, wins 11th straight

Manistee Catholic Central’s Katie Pachesny (left) shoots during the second half of Monday’s win against Pentwater. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Coming off a layoff nearly as long as the Christmas break, Manistee Catholic Central didn’t miss a step.

The Sabers rolled to a 59-18 West Michigan D League victory on Monday to extend their winning streak to 11 straight, the longest since the 2010-11 team won its first 23 games.

“I think this was a good game to get back into things,” said MCC senior Haley Doyle.

MCC went 10 days without a game, the longest break since a 15-day stretch over the holidays. But, the Sabers (11-1, 8-0 WMD) outscored the Falcons (2-10, 2-7 WMD) 19-2 in the first quarter Monday and never looked back.

“It wasn’t as bad as when we were off in that break before,” said MCC coach Todd Erickson. “I thought we had some bounce in our step right off the get-go.”

Junior Alysha Heck led the Sabers with 15 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists, Doyle had 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals, Amber Robke scored 10 and Hannah Janicki eight.

Nine different Sabers scored as Ashlyn Jansma chipped in six points, five steals and four assists while Arrianna Pomranky, Michaela Peterson and Katie Pachesny all scored two points, as did freshman Mia Hogan in her first varsity game since being called up from the JV team.

Emily Gebhart scored nine points to lead the Falcons, who returned to varsity play this season after fielding just a JV team last year. They don’t have at JV team this year.

“The main challenge is youth,” said Pentwater coach Jeff McDonough. “They play hard, they want to learn, they want to get themselves better. It’s just a tough scenario that we’re in with our age.”

McDonough said the program went two full classes without a senior, but the interest is returning.

“You start ninth grade and below and we’ve got five kids per class playing basketball and I hope we can stick with that,” he said. “I think we’ve got some interest coming up the pipeline.”

MCC led 36-5 at halftime and 48-12 after the third quarter and ended the game with a running clock while sweeping the season series against the Falcons.

“There were some good combinations,” Erickson said. “We had role players playing a lot and hopefully everyone gained experience from that because you want that experience down the road.”

 

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