Turnovers cost Big Rapids in 53-46 loss to Fremont

Megan Mackall had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Big Rapids on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Ball security in basketball often makes or breaks a team’s chances of winning.

The Big Rapids girls basketball team learned that the hard way by turning the ball over 25 times in a 53-46 loss to conference foe Fremont on Friday.

“The kids played hard,” head coach Jessica Haist said. “But we were flat. We have to get ourselves fired up.”

Megan Mackall tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds and Holly McKenna had 16 points including 4 of 4 shooting from 3-point range. The two combined to score roughly 70 percent of Big Rapids’ points.

I thought Holly played really well,” Haist said. “We have to find a way to get her to score, Megan as well. We have to go back and figure it out. It was disappointing but we have to get back to work.”

Big Rapids entered halftime facing a 22-21 deficit. Back-to-back 3-pointers from McKenna and Celia Beistle gave the Cardinals a 27-24 lead and a pair of Mackall free throws in the closing seconds of the third gave Big Rapids a 34-32 lead heading into the fourth.

Costly Big Rapids turnovers turned into points for the Packers in the fourth quarter. The Packers went on an 8-2 run to start the quarter and outscored the Cardinals 21-12 in the frame. Big Rapids had to foul late and Mackall and Ariana Costie fouled out in the closing moments.

Big Rapids (2-1, 0-1) hosts Tri County at 6 p.m. on Monday.

“They have a new coach, so I don’t know a whole lot. But we know what we need to do and know we need to take care of the ball.

Morley Stanwood 49, Holton 28

HOLTON — The Mohawks took care of business for a CSAA Silver road win.

Brooke Brauher led the team with 13 points, seven rebounds, and five steals and Madison Garbow had three assists and Abi Waldo five steals. Nine Mohawks were able to tally points.

Morley Stanwood (2-2) hosts Tri County on Tuesday.

Manton 64, Pine River 18

MANTON — The Bucks suffered their worst loss of the season thus far on Friday.

Manton led 47-10 at halftime. Taylor Hill led the team with eight points and five rebounds.

Pine River (0-3) hosts Houghton Lake Monday.

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