After a lengthy pause, high school basketball is back across the Michigan Sports Radio coverage area. A quick rundown of the February 9 scores, with some highlights tossed in:
(Scores sorted alphabetically by winner)
Allendale 61 West Catholic 58
Alma 58 Swan Valley 40
Benton Harbor 66 Fennville 56
Big Rapids 54 Fremont 35
Calvin Christian 50 Northpointe Christian 39
Central Montcalm 47 Newaygo 43: The Hornets bested the Lions to begin the 2021 campaign. Trey Chapin (19) and Fisher Hill (15) got into double figures, while Mitch Herald (8 points, 11 rebounds) was a monster on the glass.
Coopersville 74 Fruitport 40
Forest Hills Northern 80 Lowell 49
Fruitport Calvary 66 Muskegon Catholic Central 52
Grandville 61 East Kentwood 57: The Bulldogs move to 1-0 with an OK Red win over East Kentwood. Corey Grant (20) and Tommy Gregwer (15) led Grandville in scoring, while Jy’Air Harris (19), Joshua Mayhue (17) and Christian Humphrey (15) finished in double figures for EK.
Holland Calvary 64 Holland Black River 34
Holton 49 Morley Stanwood 37: Holton led by double digits late in the first half, but Morley Stanwood took the lead 30-28 early in the fourth quarter. Aidan Poling led Holton with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists, while Carter Brant added 9 points on three triples. Carter Veldkamp paced the Mohawks with 13 points in the defeat.
Kalamazoo Heritage Christian 46 Zion Christian 31
Marshall 47 Hastings 42
Montague 47 Hart 39: The Wildcats jumped out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter, and held on after a strong second half by the Pirates. Drew Collins led Montague with 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Isaiah Atchison added 1o points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Parker Hovey was the leading scorer for Hart with thirteen points. Coach David Osborne afterwards described the game as “A tale of two halves tonight. We played well early and Hart played well in the second half. They were definitely more aggressive than us in the second half. I am happy to get this season started with a win.”
Muskegon 59 Zeeland East 47
Oakridge 62 Ravenna 47
Orchard View 54 Ludington 46: The Cardinals topped the Orioles in a Lakes Eight “Battle of the Birds”. Ke’ontae Barnes (17) and Larry Brewer III (14) were the Orchard View pair that finished in double figures. Darius Williams had 10 rebounds for the Cardinals.
Reeths-Puffer 65 Wyoming 58
Rockford 67 Gull Lake 50: The Rams got off to a strong start in 2021. Nick Heinen led the team with 19 points, while Sam Krist added 16. Jack Lamancusa joined them in double figures with 14.
Tri-County 63 Chippewa Hills 40
Tri-Unity 57 Covenant Christian 50
Unity Christian 78 Hamilton 65: Zac Velthouse was the star in this game, finishing with 26 points to power the ‘Saders to a opening-night victory. Logan Zoerhof led Hamilton with 16 points.
Wellspring Prep 53 Wyoming Lee 45
West Michigan Aviation Academy 74 Battle Creek Calhoun Christian 11
West Michigan Christian 52 Manistee 30
West Ottawa 54 Hudsonville 51
Zeeland East 55 Holland 33
Battle Creek Calhoun Christian 28 West Michigan Aviation Academy 19
Big Rapids 49 Fremont 24
Calvin Christian 50 Northpointe Christian 39
Coopersville 45 Fruitport 23
Forest Hills Northern 53 Lowell 45: The Huskies topped the Red Arrows on Tuesday night. Sophie Richards led FHN with 15 points, Morgan Robertson added 12, and Faith Walker posted a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Frankenmuth 53 Flushing 29: The Eagles started 2021 with a win over the Raiders. Frankenmuth led 13-2 after the first quarter, and they never let the lead go. Emma Kerkau (12) and Zoey Persails (10) finished in double figures for the winning Eagles.
Grant 50 Reed City 30
Greenville 46 Grand Rapids Christian 34
Hamilton 41 Unity Christian 33
Hart 38 Whitehall 28: The Pirates start the 2021 season with a victory over Whitehall. Aspen Boutell led Hart with 12 points, while Karleigh Jeffries added 12 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Vikings.
Hudsonville 50 West Ottawa 27
Ludington 57 Orchard View 10
Marion 39 Manistee Catholic Central 35
Marshall 47 Hastings 45 (OT)
Mesick 60 Mason County Eastern 29: The Bulldogs cruised to victory over Mason County Eastern on Tuesday. Lexy Abraham led Mesick with 25 points, while Kaylee O’Neill added 16. Kaela Blais led Mason County Eastern with 9 points.
Mona Shores 62 Union 50: The Sailors won their opener against Union on Tuesday night after outscoring the Red Hawks 26-5 in the second quarter. Riley Rosenthal (15), Brooke LeRoux (14) and Bri Wade (12) finished in double figures for Mona Shores.
Morley Stanwood 51 Holton 14
Newaygo 49 Central Montcalm 32: The Lions captured a victory in their 2021 opener, besting Central Montcalm by seventeen. Newaygo was ahead seven at the break, and they pulled away throughout the second half. Jaxi Long was the Lions’ best performer, with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bailey Vissman led Central Montcalm with 18 points as well. Newaygo coach Nathan Thomasma afterwards said he was “really happy with the effort tonight. With only one full contact practice before our first game, I thought we did as well as we could. Central Montcalm is a good, well-coached basketball team, so it was a good victory for us.”
Ravenna 36 Oakridge 29: The Bulldogs took down the Eagles in both team’s opener on Tuesday night. Madeline Kilbourne led Ravenna with 14 points, while Emily Crowley chipped in 8. Oakridge held a 16-7 halftime lead before Ravenna used a 16-2 third quarter to propel themselves to victory.
Rockford 62 Wyoming 23
Tri-County 73 Chippewa Hills 39
Wellspring Prep 52 Wyoming Lee 14
West Catholic 68 Allendale 25
Western Michigan Christian 63 Manistee 19
Zeeland East 49 Holland 29
Zion Christian 56 Holland Black River 30