Lakers edge Sabers in county clash

BEAR LAKE — Bear Lake girls basketball hosted Manistee Catholic Central Friday for a West Michigan D League game. It was a back-and-forth affair, but in the end, the Lakers came out with a 42-38 win.

Bear Lake (10-2, 10-0 WMDL) entered the came fresh off 42-32 win over Pentwater Thursday night. The Lakers had just enough in the tank to hold off a Sabers (8-5, 7-3 WMDL) comeback.

“The girls are exhausted, and I’m very happy to escape with a win,” said Bear Lake head coach Jeff Harthun. “We’ve got three games per week the rest of the way here, but that’s what you have to do if you’re going to be a good team: Fight through all that stuff.”

Abigail Cross led the Lakers with 15 points, five rebounds and two steals. Hayley May added nine points, five boards and five steals, Cosima Holler chipped in with six points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals while Kaitlynn Omar tallied six points and three rebounds.

Bear Lake led 9-2 after the first quarter and 20-14 at halftime but  MCC outscored the Lakers 14-7 in the third quarter to take a one-point into the final stanza.

“We made a little run in the third,” said Sabers head coach Todd Erickson. “I thought the kids played real hard with the type of intensity we’re looking for. Thirteen turnovers in the first half did not help us, but we cut it to six in the second which was big.”

Kaylyn Johnson led Manistee Catholic with 14 points, six rebounds and an assist. Rylee Feliczak added nine points, five boards and two blocks while Nicole Kaminski tallied eight points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals.

“I like the play of everybody tonight, and I told the kids I think we’re back to where we were before all that snow hit us,” Erickson said. “… We just haven’t been flowing lately, but I think we started to find something tonight. To lose by a couple points (to Bear Lake), I think we’re going in the right direction.

“You keep playing hard and things will eventually fall your way.”

Bear Lake dug deep in the fourth quarter to outscore MCC 15-10 and pull out a hard-fought victory.

“You’ve got to find that next gear, and the girls did that tonight to pull it out at the end,” Harthun said. “To go back-to-back and win two tough games against top teams in the league, I’m very proud of them.”

Manistee Catholic hosts Marion at noon today and the Lakers host Pentwater Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Portagers pound Comets

ONEKAMA — Onekama girls basketball put together a solid four quarters of basketball to top Leland 63-27 at home Friday for a Northwest Conference win.

“The players are meshing well together,” said Onekama head coach Tracy Bennett. “They’re passing the ball, we finally found the bottom of the basket and they were 44 percent for their 3-point field goals. … I’m really proud of them and how they’re working so hard, and it really paid off for us tonight.

“I’m hoping this momentum keeps going.”

Colleen McCarthy led all scorers with 21 points and added six rebounds, five assists and five blocks. Ella Acton recorded 14 points and seven boards while Hanna Hughes finished with 13 points. Sophie Wisniski led Onekama in rebounding with nine and Kaylin Sam pulled down six.

Onekama fell 58-44 to Leland when the two teams met on Jan. 10.

“It was a big turnaround,” Bennett said. “They shot the lights out. My team was scoring and their 3-point shots were falling. All their hard work is starting to pay off. They did a really nice job.”

The Portagers travel to Suttons Bay Tuesday for a game at 7:30 p.m.

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