Mackinaw’s Smith becomes all-time leading scorer, Harbor girls take first loss
MACKINAW CITY — A year ago, as a junior with the Mackinaw City girls’ basketball team, Madison Smith topped the 1,000-point milestone.
On Tuesday night in the Mackinaw City High School gym, Smith was back to making milestone moments with the Comets, this time one that makes her stand alone at the top of the Mackinaw books and banners.
Smith became the all-time leading scorer in Mackinaw City girls basketball history Tuesday night in an 83-23 victory over visiting Alanson.
She passed former Comet great Chelsey Closs for the most career points, sitting at 1,209 after 18 points against the Vikings.
Mackinaw City also improved to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in Northern Lakes Conference play with the victory and finished the night with five different players in double figures.
“I am proud of how well our girls continue to play team basketball and finding great shots,” Mackinaw City coach Jake Huffman said. “Our defense and rebounding was solid and we had six girls with eight or more points and five in double figures. Another night of great team basketball, assisting on 20 field goals.”
Mackinaw led 18-3 after one, then 49-8 at the halftime break.
Smith added nine rebounds, eight steals, four assists and three blocks to her special night, Larissa Huffman had 16 points, four assists and three steals, Marlie Postula scored 15 and added six steals, Gracie Beauchamp had 12 points, eight assists and six steals and Jersey Beauchamp had 10 points and three steals.
Julia Sullivan also added eight points and seven steals.
Mackinaw City (10-0, 5-0 NLC) will next welcome in Onaway for a big non-conference showdown on Thursday, Jan. 19. Alanson (4-6, 3-4 NLC) will next welcome in Burt Lake NMCA on Monday, Jan 23
Elk Rapids 51, Harbor Springs 42
HARBOR SPRINGS — The first loss of the season came for the Harbor Springs girls’ basketball team, as they fell to visiting Elk Rapids 51-42 at home Tuesday night.
A close game throughout the night, the Elks turned things on late with a 21-point fourth that came with three 3-pointers and eight points from Kendall Standfest, including a 4 for 4 fourth at the line.
The game was tied 10-10 after one, Elk Rapids led 21-17 at the half and then 30-27 heading to the fourth.
Sierra Kruzel led with 12 points for Harbor, while Hailey Fisher and Olivia Flynn each finished with 11 points.
Stable led the Elks with 23 points on the night.
Harbor Springs (10-1, 5-1 LMC) will next hit the road to Grayling on Friday, Jan. 20 for another Lake Michigan Conference matchup. There’s now a three-way tie atop the LMC standings, with the Elks, Rams and TC St. Francis all at 5-1.
TC St Francis 52, Charlevoix 25
TRAVERSE CITY — The Charlevoix girls’ basketball team got back in the losing column after a brief stint away last week, falling to Traverse City St. Francis on the road Tuesday, 52-25.
The Rayders dropped behind in a 14-9 game after one, then 29-14 at the half, before a big quarterback again in the third from the Glads that made it 48-18 heading to the fourth.
Bayani Collins led with eight points and three rebounds, Abbey Wright had eight points, three rebounds and three steals and Evelyn Rosier had six points and three steals.
Maggie Napont led St. Francis with 22 points.
Charlevoix (5-8, 3-3 LMC) will try to rebound when Boyne City visits on Friday, Jan. 20, starting a four-game home stand for the Rayders.
Boyne City 69, Kalkaska 22
BOYNE CITY — The Boyne City girls’ basketball team picked up its first Lake Michigan Conference victory Tuesday, topping Kalkaska in a 69-22 final.
The victory for the Ramblers also snapped a 10-game skid since the season opener.
Boyne led 14-3 after the first quarter, then again 39-9 at the half and 61-15 heading to the final quarter.
Mackensy Wilson finished with 15 points to lead Boyne, Elly Wilcox scored 11 and Ava Maginity had 10 in the first half alone. Lily Scherbing also had nine points.
Boyne City (2-10, 1-5 LMC) will return to the court on Friday, Jan. 20 at Charlevoix.
Grayling 38, East Jordan 32
EAST JORDAN — The East Jordan girls’ basketball team picked up a Lake Michigan loss Tuesday night when Grayling entered and willed their way to a 38-32 victory over the Red Devils.
The Vikings led 9-8 after one, then 23-16 at the break and 30-26 heading to the fourth.
“We struggled to score, but we really struggled with the physicality of the game,” East Jordan coach Tim Smith said. “It was extremely physical and it really played into their hands. We didn’t play well through the trap and through fouls.”
East Jordan had just three players in the scorebook on the night, led by Lindsey Cross with 17 and June Kirkpatrick with nine points.
East Jordan (4-5, 2-4 LMC) gets back to action on Friday, Jan. 20 at league foe Elk Rapids.
33 Harbor Light, 19 Maplewood Baptist
KINROSS — A big defensive performance for the Harbor Light Christian girls’ basketball team brought the Lady Swordsmen a 33-19 road win over Maplewood Baptist Tuesday night.
Harbor Light’s Anne Chamberlin came through with the toughest task of guarding Maplewood’s top scorer and held her to just a single basket.
“I am so proud of how are the team came together on defense tonight,” said Harbor Light coach Jeff Jakeway. “Anne sparked a new level of commitment and determination for our girls defensively tonight. It was fun to see the girls working so well together and genuinely having each other’s back at both ends of the floor.”
Jade Evoy also led the Lady Swordsmen with 11 points, Laney Jakeway had nine points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists, Charlotte Gagnon had eight points and Ambria Kruger had eight rebounds. Ava Kenwabikise also had seven rebounds.
Harbor Light (6-2) will next host Cadillac Heritage Christian on Thursday, Jan. 19, which will come in a 5 pm tip in a varsity doubleheader in the newly constructed Solid Rock Center. It’ll come as the opening night in the new gym.
TC St Francis 64, Charlevoix 48
CHARLEVOIX — The Charlevoix boys’ basketball team met the losing column against Traverse City St. Francis at home Tuesday, falling in a 64-48 final.
The Rayders fell behind 21-5 after the opening quarter, then made it a 10-point game at the break, 32-22. They then trailed 53-32 heading to the fourth.
“We had a rough start but after that played hard,” Charlevoix coach Anthony Troshak said. “I was proud of how we responded, but we have to play a complete game and it starts by doing it in practice.
TCSF is a very good team and well coached. I have to give a shout-out to Max Dixon. He did not get a lot of playing time in our last game vs. Grayling, he didn’t hang his head or pout and tonight he was all over the floor and played his butt off.”
Joey Gaffney led the Rayders with 15 points, Troy Nickel scored 12, Dixon had seven points and 10 rebounds and Hudson Vollmer had six points and five assists.
For St. Francis, Wyatt Nausadis led with 23 points.
The Rayders (1-8, 0-4 LMC) will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 19 against rival Boyne City at home.
Grayling 63, East Jordan 58
GRAYLING — It came as another loss for the East Jordan boys’ basketball team Tuesday against host Grayling, though the Red Devils battled to the end of a 63-58 final.
“Huge effort tonight,” EJ coach Nate Dzwik said. “Overall we showed a lot of improvement as far as what we’ve been seeing the last couple weeks in energy and hustle.
“Korbyn (Russell) and Brendan (Aenis) were huge tonight and Angel Delgado gave some great minutes. I think he took three charges.”
Russell led with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Aenis had six points and 11 rebounds, then Devon Olstrom scored 11.
The Red Devils (2-6, 1-3 LMC) next welcome in Elk Rapids for a Thursday, Jan 19 matchup.
61 Harbor Light, 45 Maplewood Baptist
KINROSS — The Harbor Light Christian boys’ basketball team added another victory Tuesday in a long road trip to Maplewood Baptist, which came with a 61-45 final.
Harbor Light jumped out to a 16-8 lead after one, then 32-22 at the half and 52-31 following the third.
“The boys continue to work on putting defense first and making sure we’re taking care of business at that end of the floor,” said Harbor Light coach Jason Roussin. “We continue to take one step at a time to play Harbor Light basketball.”
Kirk Rose led with 21 points and eight rebounds, David Chamberlin had nine points and 13 rebounds, Vaughn Henagan scored 10 and Landon Swanson had eight pints, five assists and seven steals.
The Swordsmen (6-4) will get back into action at 6:30 pm, Thursday, Jan. 19 when they welcome in Cadillac Heritage Christian to the Solid Rock Center for the first-ever game in the newly constructed gym.