PREP ROUNDUP: Onekama picks up 1st Northwest win, 42-34 over Buckley

ONEKAMA — Onekama girls basketball got back into the win column on Friday night against Buckley.

The Portagers started slow, but were able to pull away for a 42-34 win.

The Bears led 9-7 after the first quarter, but Onekama switched into a zone and was able to pull away and lead 31-15 by the time the fourth quarter began.

Buckley made four threes in the final quarter to close the margin a bit, but the 16-point deficit was too much.

“They hit four three-point shots in the fourth quarter. I give them credit. They came out and kept battling and made the game a little closer than it really was,” Onekama coach Jim Armstrong said.

Elizabeth Domres led the team with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Cassidy Gilman had 9 points and Colleen McCarthy had 5 assists.

“The kids played hard. We’ve struggled a little bit. We aren’t a big powerhouse team that’s going to score the ball. We needed a win,” Armstrong said.

Onekama (2-3, 1-2) will be back on Wednesday, January 3 at Kingsley.

Brethren stays unbeaten in WMDL

BRETHREN — Brethren girls basketball logged an important league win on Friday night when it hosted Walkerville.

The Bobcats had to rally from behind to pull out a 48-44 victory over the Wildcats.

Walkerville outscored Brethren 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 24-20 led into the half. A big third quarter from the Bobcats changed the game with a 21-6 run to settle the game down.

Mariah Pringle led the team with another triple-double with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks. There was some balance in the stat book on Friday though with Whitney Danks having 6 points and 4 assists, Brooklyn Cook had 4 points and 6 rebounds, and Megan Cordes handled the point guard duties well with 11 points and 5 assists.

“With Megan stepping up and scoring double-digits like that, and Whitney Danks getting her points, it was a team effort. We had to dig deep as a team,” Brethren coach Julie Riggs said.

Both teams were undefeated in league play coming into the night, and Brethren remains in a first-place tie with Bear Lake.

Brethren (4-1, 3-0) will be back on Wednesday at home against Fife Lake Forest Area.

Bear Lake trounces Crossroads, 46-19

BEAR LAKE — Bear Lake girls basketball rolled over Big Rapids Crossroads on Friday night to improve to 5-0, and 3-0 in league play.

The Lakers won 46-19, after leading by as much as 35 at the end of the third quarter. Crossroads only had 7 points at the end of the third quarter.

The Cougars could never get going after Bear Lake continually picked their pockets. The Lakers had 24 steals.

“They couldn;t really handle it (the press). I took it back to a half court. We did everything that we were supposed to do. It was just sluggish,” Bear Lake coach Jeff Harthun said.

Yuki Babinec equaled Crossroads in scoring with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 steals, Abby Cross had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Hayley May scored 9 points and had 4 rebounds.

Bear Lake will be back in action on Monday, Dec. 18 at Lake Leelanau St. Mary.

“We missed a lot of lay ups again,” Harthun said. “You could tell that we hadn’t practiced all week with the weather. We have a huge game coming up Monday night at Lake Leelanau St. Mary. They’re a good team. That’ll be a test for us.”


Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or

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