Warriors tame Lions

Hannah Guy’s 31 points help Chippewa Hills top Newaygo, 53-30

REMUS — Hannah Guy scored 31 of her team’s 53 points on Tuesday night and led the Chippewa Hills girls basketball team to a Central State Activities Association (CSAA) victory over Newaygo, 53-30.

BATTLE: Chippewa Hills’ Blake Kuzma (10) tries to steal a loose ball from Newaygo’s Allison Morgan (33) during Central State Activities Association (CSAA) girls basketball action at Chippewa Hills High School. The Warriors picked up a 53-30 victory over the Lions. (Pioneer Photo/Daine Pavloski)

BATTLE: Chippewa Hills’ Blake Kuzma (10) tries to steal a loose ball from Newaygo’s Allison Morgan (33) during Central State Activities Association (CSAA) girls basketball action at Chippewa Hills High School. The Warriors picked up a 53-30 victory over the Lions. (Pioneer Photo/Daine Pavloski)

The Warriors (11-3, 10-3 CSAA) looked to Guy all evening and started early. Guy scored the first nine points for the Warriors as they jumped out to a 9-2 lead.

The Warriors dropped into a full-court press which hassled the Newaygo ball-handlers all night. Emily Starck and Olivia Wolfe kept feeding Guy down low, giving the Warriors a 13-3 lead over the visiting Lions.

Newaygo’s Shyanne Jones hit a free throw followed by a 3-pointer from Madisen Giese to end the quarter, but the Lions were still down 16-7 going into the second.

“(Guy) means a lot to us, obviously. We ask her to do a lot of different things,” Chippewa Hills coach Lenny Starck said. “We want her to score, we want her to rebound, we want her to handle the basketball when the press is going on. It’s really her other teammates that make her better. We put her in places that she can be successful but kids are finding her when she’s open.

“With Kendall (Boone) down low, they have to guard her and I think Emily played outstanding (Tuesday),” he continued. “She really moved the ball and when that happens, it makes things easy for Hannah.”

The Warriors kept looking to Guy in the second quarter, which, paired with transition buckets created by the press, gave Newaygo a lot of trouble. Guy opened the quarter with back-to-back triples and after a Newaygo bucket by Jones, the Warriors had a 22-9 advantage.

Allison Morgan got a putback down low for theLions, but Guy and Kendall Boone both got buckets at the end of the half to go to the locker room with a 28-11 lead.

“It was kind of the same game that happened in Newaygo,” Starck said. “In the second half in Newaygo, we kind of fell asleep and they came roaring back and it was a one-point game with four minutes to play and we found a way to win, so (at halftime) we just had to remind the girls what happened last time and that we better show up in the second half and we got some good efforts (Tuesday).”

There was no letdown in the second half on Tuesday as the Warriors roared out of the break, pushing the lead to 36-17. The Lions got a few shots to fall, but Wolfe completed an old-fashioned three-point play on the other end to extend the lead. Morgan had another two down low for the Lions, but Emily Starck was quick to answer with a trey to end the quarter with a 20-point lead at 39-19.

Starck opened the fourth with another 3-pointer which was answered by another jumper from Jones. Starck led the attack for the Warriors in the fourth quarter, facilitating on offense and getting a few tough layups to fall for her squad. The Lions went on a quick 5-0 run, but Guy scored seven straight for Chippewa Hills to close the game at 53-30 in favor of the Warriors.

“It was a relief to see us put the ball in the basket after (Monday night),” Starck said. “When that first shot went down we were like ‘ok, the lid is off the basket we can actually relax and play’ and I thought we did that (Tuesday.)”

Guy paced the Warriors with 31 points on the night, including three triples. Emily Starck was the only other Warrior in double-digits with 10 points with two treys of her own.

The Warriors return to action on Thursday night at Big Rapids.

CHIPPEWA HILLS 53, NEWAYGO 30

CH 16 12 11 14 – 53

NW 07 04 08 11 – 30

CHIPPEWA HILLS (10-2, 9-2 CSAA)

Olivia Wolfe 1 0-2 2, Emily Starck 2(2) 10, Callee Stirn 2-6 2, Kendall Boone 2 0-2 4, Emma Eldred 1 2, Brooke Lewandowski 1 2, Hannah Guy 10(3) 2-4 31

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