PREP ROUNDUP: MCC girls pick up first win of season, 35-19 over TC Bulldogs

Manistee Catholic Central’s basketball teams pose with their special Hunter Orange socks, which they wore Tuesday night in honor of longtime Sabers supporter John Bradley, who passed away recently. Bradley was a face seen at every sporting event at MCC, well known for always wearing his hunter orange ballcap around the school grounds. (Courtesy photo)

Manistee Catholic Central’s basketball teams pose with their special Hunter Orange socks, which they wore Tuesday night in honor of longtime Sabers supporter John Bradley, who passed away recently. Bradley was a face seen at every sporting event at MCC, well known for always wearing his hunter orange ballcap around the school grounds. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE — Manistee Catholic Central girls basketball finally has a reason to celebrate after a game this season.

The Sabers managed to win their first game of the season against the Traverse City Bulldogs, a team of homeschool students, 35-19.

MCC (1-6) didn’t shoot the ball great in the first half, trailing 9-8 at the break after not scoring in the second quarter. They had to both speed up and slow down their approach at the same time according to coach Todd Erickson.

“We had a talk at halftime about how we need to speed things up, but how we also need to slow things down a bit. We were hurrying our shots. They were all decent looks, but we were hurrying,” he said.

The team came out strong in the second half and outscored their opponent 26-10 en route to its first victory of the season.

They were led by Sarah Bialik with 8 points and 11 rebounds, Jenna Bialik with 6 points, Nicole Kaminski with 7 points and 10 rebounds, and Rylee Feliczak with 5 points and 12 rebounds.

“These girls are really happy. You can see it in their eyes. Finally we’re passed that stage. Now, we need to continue working on the things that made us better tonight. Our turnovers we’re still a little high,” Erickson said.

“It was nice to get that win going. Hopefully we can carry that into our next contest.”

MCC will be back on Friday at home against Baldwin (1-7, 1-5) at 7 p.m.

Bear Lake girls hammered by McBain NMC

MCBAIN — Bear Lake girls basketball probably wants to forget Tuesday’s game as quick as possible.

The Lakers scored three points in the second half while dropping hard to McBain Northern Michigan Christian 76-26.

The game was relatively close until the half, where Bear Lake (6-2) only trailed 30-21. Then, the floodgates busted open and the Comets (6-2) pulled away.

The Lakers shot 21 percent from the field and had 21 turnovers.

Hayley May led the team with 9 points and 6 steals, and Julie Schmidt had 7 points.

Bear Lake will be back Thursday at home against Pentwater (8-2, 4-1).

MCC boys down Bulldogs 64-34

MANISTEE — Manistee Catholic Central boys basketball earned another win on Tuesday night against the Traverse City Bulldogs, a team of homeschool students.

The Sabers controlled the action from early on for a 64-34 win.

MCC (6-3) coach Mike Feliczak thought there were some positives with the blowout win, but he also saw some things to work on.

“I thought we played defense as a team pretty well tonight. I thought we rebounded well. For the most part we distributed the ball among ourselves well,” Feliczak said. “One thing we didn’t do well is that we had too many turnovers. We turned the ball over 18 turnovers times. Until we clean that up it’s going to hold us back a little bit.”

Preston Picardat led the team with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Austin VanAelst had 20 points and 8 rebounds, Brayden Perkins had 9 points, and Kyle Mikolajczak had 8 points and 10 rebounds.

MCC will be back on Thursday at Brethren (1-7, 1-4).

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Posted by Brian Fogg

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

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