Prep Roundup: Dow boys lose big to Bobcats

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Grand Blanc dominated the second half Tuesday and went on to beat visiting Dow High 83-46 in Saginaw Valley League boys’ basketball.

The Chargers jumped out to a 7-2 lead before the Bobcats came back to take a 15-9 edge by the end of the first quarter. Grand Blanc outscored Dow 15-14 in the second quarter to carry a 30-23 edge into the break.

The Bobcats then took control in the third quarter, outscoring Dow 18-8 to open up a 48-31 margin, before going on to outscore the Chargers 35-15 in the fourth.

Chris Zielinski led the Chargers with 12 points, while Ian Balch added 10 points.

Dow (7-5 overall, 3-2 SVL) will host Saginaw Heritage on Friday.

CHEMICS STORM BACK BUT LOSE BY TWO TO MOUNT PLEASANT

Midland High came heartbreakingly short of getting its first win on Tuesday, falling 51-49 to Mount Pleasant in Saginaw Valley League boys’ basketball.

The Oilers led 10-5 after the first quarter and extended to a 22-11 halftime lead before the Chemics stormed back. Midland outscored Mount Pleasant 18-15 in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 37-29, then had a 20-14 advantage in the fourth for the final margin.

The Chemics had a one-point lead late the fourth quarter before the Oilers answered with a 3-pointer to regain the lead for good.

Abe Haddad led Midland with 24 points, while Jason Davenport had 13 points, and Hudson Gerstacker added eight.

The Chemics (0-11 overall, 0-5 SVL) will host Saginaw Arthur Hill on Friday.

BCW GIRLS KEEP ON ROLLING

Bay City Western’s girls’ basketball team pulled out another close win on Tuesday, rallying late to edge Saginaw Arthur Hill 42-40 in Saginaw Valley League action, extending the Warriors’ winning streak to 10 straight.

BCW led 14-6 after the first quarter and 23-16 at halftime before the Lumberjacks eventually took a 35-32 lead with 4:35 remaining in the game. Olivia Jatczak responded for Western with a 3-point play to tie it and a layup to give the Warriors a 37-35 edge, and BCW hit some free throws and got some stops down the stretch to hang on.

“I’m very proud of our team and how we handled things down the stretch with composure and confidence,” said Western coach Dan Snover.

Jatczak led the Warriors with 16 points and five rebounds, while Brooke Swartz had 11 points and five boards, Chloe Wittbrodt had seven points, Breanna David grabbed 12 boards, and Erica Slocum added four assists.

Western (12-1 overall, 6-0 SVL) will head to Flint Carman-Ainsworth on Friday for a key Valley matchup.

MIDLAND GIRLS STRUGGLE TO SCORE IN LOSS

Mount Pleasant outscored Midland High in every quarter Tuesday in a 53-26 victory over the Chemics in Saginaw Valley League girls’ basketball.

The Oilers led 14-6 after one quarter and extended to a 25-14 halftime lead before outscoring Midland 11-8 in the third quarter and 17-4 in the fourth.

“As a team, we struggled tonight, but we had some shining moments during the game,” said Midland coach Ashton Finney. “Our senior, Bella Sullivan, had her best game to date. She’s a workhorse for us. … She has turned into a defender who can stop the ball heading to the basket. … She truly showed her leadership tonight.”

Emmalea TerBurgh led the Chemics with eight points, while Payton Palmer had six points.

Midland (2-11 overall, 1-6 SVL) will head to Saginaw Arthur Hill on Friday.

COLEMAN GIRLS ROUT ASHLEY

Maddy Miller and Nevaeh Chaffee both had a big game Tuesday in leading Coleman to a 48-19 win over Ashley in Mid-State Activities Conference girls’ basketball.

Miller finished with 17 points, four steals, and three assists, while Chaffee had 16 points, 11 rebounds, and six steals.

The Comets led 12-5 after one quarter and extended to a 23-11 halftime advantage. Coleman then outscored the Bears 15-2 in the third quarter and 10-6 in the fourth.

Amber Nehrig had nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals for Coleman, while Kaylee Aultman grabbed six boards.

“It was nice to get back on the winning track,” said Coleman coach Nick Katzinger. “We need to continue with this (momentum) and finish the second half of the season strong going into districts.”

The Comets improve to 4-9 overall.

DICKERSON SCORES 26 IN CBA’S WIN

Calvary Baptist Academy throttled Whittemore-Prescott 51-9 in girls’ basketball on Tuesday to improve to 11-3.

The Kings led 17-1 after one quarter and 28-7 at halftime before outscoring the Cardinals 17-2 in the third quarter and 6-0 in the fourth.

Caitlyn Dickerson led CBA with 26 points and seven steals, while Ila Tomko had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals, Hailey Lewis had 10 rebounds and seven steals, Chloe Williams and Tori Ginac each had six boards, and Sadie Day added five assists.

“This is our second game in a row that started with outstanding defense paired with efficient scoring,” said CBA coach Mark Dickerson. “After outscoring Whittemore-Prescott 17-1 in the first quarter, we were able to start rotating players and working on things at both ends of the court.”

The Kings will head to Rochester Hills Christian on Thursday.

BEAVERTON BOYS TAKE DOWN VALLEY LUTHERAN

Beaverton beat Saginaw Valley Lutheran 57-43 in nonconference boys’ basketball on Tuesday to improve to 7-5.

Layk Woodruff paced the Beavers with 18 points, while Alex Pahl had 14 points, and Logan Love added 10 points.

“We had a pretty good effort tonight, and it was nice to see Al Pahl get rewarded for his hard work this year,” said Beaverton co-coach Shad Woodruff. “We work every day to have the guys take their best shot, so it is good to see improvement in that aspect.”

COMER LEADS FALCONS IN NAIL-BITER OVER JOHN GLENN

Tristan Comer had 20 points Tuesday to lead Freeland to a 42-41 win over Bay City John Glenn in Tri-Valley Conference East boys’ basketball.

Nate Niederquell had nine points for the Falcons, while Wilson Huckeby added seven.

“Jacob Kowalski led (us) with a great floor game,” said Freeland coach John Fattal.

The Falcons (7-6 overall, 4-3 TVC East) will host Bridgeport on Friday.

FREELAND GIRLS WIN BIG OVER BOBCATS

Freeland parlayed a big second quarter into a 56-31 win over Bay City John Glenn in Tri-Valley Conference East girls’ basketball on Tuesday.

The Falcons led 15-10 after the first quarter, then outscored the Bobcats 27-10 in the second to open up a 42-20 halftime lead. Freeland outscored John Glenn 7-6 in the third quarter and 7-5 in the fourth.

Karie Keefer led the Falcons with 20 points and five assists, while Lauren LaFond had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Haven Vasold added 14 points.

Freeland (9-4 overall) will host Bridgeport on Friday.

GLADWIN BOYS COME UP SHORT VS. CARROLLTON

Carrollton rode a second-quarter surge to a 57-50 win over Gladwin in nonconference boys’ basketball on Tuesday.

The Flying G’s were up 9-8 after one quarter, but the Cavaliers outscored them 19-11 in the second to take a 27-20 lead into the break. Gladwin had a 17-16 edge in the third quarter to get to within 43-37, but Carrollton outscored the G’s 14-13 in the fourth to seal it.

“We did some really good things early on, but we had a really bad stretch to close out the first half defensively,” said Gladwin coach Mike Verellen. “We made a lot of mental mistakes and missed a number of layups that would have probably made the difference in a seven-point game.”

Lucas Mead led the G’s with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while Nick Wheeler had 12 points and eight boards.

Gladwin (5-6) will head to Meridian on Friday.

Gladwin won the junior varsity game 42-31 behind 21 points by Trace Corlew and won the freshman game 62-45 behind 21 points by Ben Verellen.

BEAVERTON GIRLS FALL TO VALLEY LUTHERAN

Saginaw Valley Lutheran pulled away in the second half Tuesday to beat Beaverton 64-32 in nonconference girls’ basketball.

The Chargers led 13-12 after one quarter and 26-20 at halftime before outscoring the Beavers 21-8 in the third quarter to make it 47-28. Valley then had a 17-4 advantage in the fourth to seal it.

“We played a very good first half. We limited our turnovers, and we were competing,” said Beaverton coach Jason Hubble.

Leiyan Mungin led the Beavers with 22 points, while Taylor McCormack had seven points and Faith Danielak six.

Beaverton (4-10) will host Farwell on Friday.

COLEMAN BOYS LOSE CLOSE ONE TO FARWELL

Coleman took another close loss on Monday, falling 66-58 to Farwell in nonconference boys’ basketball.

Jared DeVrieze led the Comets with 20 points, while Trenton Risdon had 18 points, and Logan Dudley and Logan Glazier each added six.

“This was a tough one to let slip away. We got outrebounded and outhustled for a majority of the game,” said Coleman coach Christian Maloney. “We tell our guys all the time that the two most important stats are rebounds and turnovers. If we win both of those, we will be in good shape.

“We are still working on coming out of the gates with intensity. It has been a struggle of ours, not coming out ready to play in the first (quarter),” he added.

The Comets slip to 1-11.