PREP ROUNDUP: Brethren girls trounce Baldwin 59-12, stay in WMDL title chase

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BALDWIN — Brethren stayed in the thick of the West Michigan D League girls basketball title race with an emphatic 59-12 win at Baldwin Thursday night.

Mariah Pringle led the way with 20 points for the Bobcats (9-4, 7-1), 18 of which came in the first half.

Megan Cordes had perhaps her breakout game, scoring 13 points including hitting three of her four 3-point attempts in the game.

“We’ve been waiting for Megan to crack that shell,” Brethren head coach Julie Riggs said. “She really came out tonight and did her job.”

Riggs was especially excited to get some outside scoring to go with Pringle’s inside presence, which will be a potent 1-2 punch going forward.

“It’s what we practice, so we know we can do it,” Riggs said. “I was very pleased with Megan.”

With the win, Brethren stayed in a virtual 3-way tie for the league lead with 7-1 Bear Lake and 8-1 Pentwater, three games ahead of the rest of the conference.

 Brethren will be back on Saturday, Feb. 3 at home for a huge WMDL clash against Bear Lake at 7:30 p.m.

MCC girls fall to Crossroads, 34-32

BIG RAPIDS — Manistee Catholic Central fell flat in the fourth quarter in a disappointing 34-32 loss at Big Rapids Crossroads Thursday night.

Rylee Feliczak scored a team-high 10 points and also pulled down 13 rebounds for the Sabers (1-11 overall, 0-8 West Michigan D League), who held a 29-21 lead after three quarters, but were outscored by the Cougars 13-3 in the fourth.

Sarah Bialik scored 8 points and dished out a team-high 5 assists in the game, in which MCC shot just 22 percent from the field and hit just one of its seven 3-point attempts against Crossroads (2-12, 1-8), which picked up its first WMDL win of the season.

Sabers head coach Todd Erickson said that his team lost its composure and turned the ball over too much down the stretch. MCC finished with 19 turnovers in the game, most of those in the fourth quarter.

“Again, the turnover bug bites us hard,” Erickson said. “We only had nine at halftime, I was really happy about that. We had a nice lead at one time, but we just let it slip away.”

MCC will be back in action on Monday, Feb. 5 at Walkerville at 7 p.m.

Onekama girls fall to No. 2 Kingsley

ONEKAMA — Onekama ran into a buzzsaw Thursday night in its Northwest Conference girls basketball game against Kingsley, falling to the second-ranked Class B team in the state 70-22.

Colleen McCarthy led the Portagers (7-8, 5-7) with 13 points and Maggie Domres added 6 points and 7 rebounds.

Onekama head coach Jim Armstrong said that the loss was somewhat self-inflicted.

“We just turned the ball over way too many times,” Armstrong said. “And the surprising thing is, most of our turnovers were unforced. We actually handled their press, but then threw the ball away once we got through it.”

McCarthy opened the game with a 3-pointer, giving Onekama a brief lead, before Kingsley (15-0, 11-0) went on an 18-2 run and never looked back.

Onekama will be back on Tuesday, Feb 6 with another tough Northwest Conference game at home against Glen Lake, which is currently ranked 10th in Class C.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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