Reed City girls overpower White Cloud

Evart girls and boys also win

Morgan Hammond (right) and the Reed City girls picked up a key win on Friday night.

Morgan Hammond (right) and the Reed City girls picked up a key win on Friday night.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – One Central State Activities Association girls basketball game for Reed City with White Cloud deserves another.

Christina Malackanich scored 13 points and Morgan  Hammond added nine to lift Reed City past White Cloud 35-17 in the final regular season CSAA game for both teams on Friday.

“I was satisfied with the first half,” Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. “Second half, we got sloppy. We had way too many turnovers. We have to clean that up.”

The Coyotes now head into this week’s two-game CSAA tournament. They are 9-11 overall and 5-5 in the league for sixth place. They are in the fifth through eighth-place bracket and on Tuesday will host seventh-place White Cloud again in a semifinal game. 

Evart 68, Roscommon 15

EVART – It an easy win for the Evart girls on Friday.

“We had some well-rounded scoring,” Evart coach Carrie Kunkle said.

Evart has a final 14-2 record in the Highland and is home on Wednesday with Mason County Central.

“We had a really great four quarters tonight,” Kunkle said. “The girls were very savvy on knowing who to pass the ball to. It was a fun game to watch.”

For Evart, Addy Gray had 22 points, three rebounds and five steals; Bri Cass had five points and five steals, Kyrah Gray had 18 points, three rebounds and seven steals, Emma Dyer had nine points five assists and seven steals, Brooklyn Decker had two points, four rebounds and five steals, Faith Hamilton had four points and Ally Theunick had eight points and four rebounds.

McBain NMC 39, Pine River 30

LEROY – Pine River led after the first quarter 8-6 but trailed 21-11 at halftime and 26-18 after the third quarter.

Amanda Hill had 12 points for the Bucks.

“That second quarter really hurt us,” Pine River coach Steffen Halvorsen said. “We never gave up but battled back the entire game.”


Evart 70, Roscommon 33

EVART 0-0 Evart improved its record to 8-7 in the Highland and 9-9 overall with Friday’s win.

Evart had quarter leads of 26-9, 36-13 and 54-20.

Marcel White had 22 points for Evart, followed by Dakobe White with 15 and Kamden Darling and Jordan Albright with nine apiece.

“We were led by our pressure defense,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “Our press and 1-3-1 caused a lot of turnovers. Marcel played really well along with Kobe. Lucas Johnson from off the bench provided us with great defense and energy.

“Everyone contributed. It was a great team win. We’ve scored 66 and 70 this week while only giving up 27 and 30.”

Meridian is at Evart on Tuesday in nonleague play.

NMC 41, Pine River 26

NMC led 16-9 at halftime and 29-11 after the third quarter.

“We scored 26 points in a varsity basketball game,” Pine River Brian Goodenow said. “There isn't much more to say beyond that. We let their length bother us way too much and we altered our shots to the tune of 20 percent shooting from the floor. We have a quick turnaround to face a very good McBain team on Monday, and we'll do our best to get focused on them and be fighting hard for a win.”