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Highlights of the Saginwa-area girls basketball: Mia McLaughlin of Frankenmuth lifts the depleted Eagles

Highlights of the Saginwa-area girls basketball: Mia McLaughlin of Frankenmuth lifts the depleted Eagles

Without star center Lexi Boyke, the Frankenmuth girls basketball team is still learning how to play.

The Eagles beat Freeland in a weekend between two teams who tied for first place in the Tri-Valley Conference East.

Mia McLaughlin, a sophomore at Frankenmuth, took over as the team beat Frankenmuth 50-45.

Thats why theyre a great team, Freeland coach Matt Hirschenberger said. Theyre missing two great players, and other players just pick up the slack.

We felt we played pretty good defense on No. 1 (McLaughlin), but she's a great player. Great players find a way to make great plays, and she did that, said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin finish with 28 points to lead the 8-1 Eagles, who take on Midland Dow on Tuesday. Emma Kerkau finished with nine points, all in the fourth quarter. Kerkau also scored five free throws.

In the fourth, Freeland reduced the Frankenmuth to two points, but the Eagles reacted by using the free-throw line to keep them off the field.

Whitney Farrell led the 7-3 Falcons with 15 points, with Karie Keefer adding eight points.

Mia had a big game for us, which we needed with our players out, Frankenmuth coach Joe Jacobs said. But a lot of players stepped up and helped us win, he said.

Arthur Hill 40, 59, and Saginaw High

Kamari Forrest led the game with 33 points with 12 assists and nine steals, leading Saginaw High to a victory. Sharon Smith also had 12 points, eight assists and five steals, while Bre Townsend added eight assists.

Zar'ria Mitchell, a freshman in Saginaw Heritage, is on course to face off against Jessiana Aaron (1) in a district championship game at Swartz Creek High School on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Sarahbeth Maney | MLive.com) Sarahbeth Maney | MLive.com

Heritage 49, Holt 61

Heritage defeats non-conference with Zar'ria Mitchell scoring 25 points, while Lauren Dunn added nine points for the Hawks, who fell to 4-4. Mitchell also had eight deflections.

Bullock Creek 46, Valley Lutheran 42

Valley Lutheran drew a 27-16 halftime lead as the Chargers thwarted Bullock Creek in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lancers 16-9 in the competition. Mattie Midkiff scored nine points, while Hannah Borsenik added 10 assists for Bullock Creek, which was 14 of 30 from the line. Maggie Behmlander added eight points. Addi Smith added eight points.

Regan Finkbeiner, a freshman at Hemlock, dribbles the ball down the court during a girls basketball match against Swan Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

Hemlock 60, St. Louis 34

Regan Finkbeiner scored 26 points to lead Hemlock to a 35-22 halftime lead thanks to Averi Hall scoring seven points. Josie Schrot and Kiersten Francisco scored eight points each for the Sharks, with Natalee Hoyt adding seven points with 10 assists.

Rachel Resio (22) has dribbled the ball down the court during a girls basketball match against Frankenmuth on Friday, January 7, 2022 in Saginaw. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

Birch Run 20 and Swan Valley 56 are competing for the Swan Valley 56 match.

Swan Valley led the TVC East by eight points, with Rachel Resio adding six steals. Hannah Murphy followed with 13 points, with Kayla Baase adding eight points, nine assists, and five steals.

Millington, 69, and Carrollton, 39, are both women.

Millington came back from a 15-13 first-quarter deficit, outscoring Carrollton 19-6 in the second quarter to take control of the TVC West game. Lilly Sherman scored 19 points to tie a career high, with seven steals and six assists, while Trinity Fessler added 19 points. Destiny Sanders added seven points with nine assists.

Chesaning 42, Durand 33, and 42 have both been diagnosed.

Chesaning clinches an early-season loss to Durand, defeating Kennedy McAlpine 13 points, with Ava Deveraux scoring nine assists.

Standish-Sterling 59, Ithaca 34

Macey Fegan scored 41 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, in its TVC West victory. Delaney Seaman scored 16 points for Ithaca, which trailed 29-18 at halftime and 40-22 at the end of the third quarter. Megan Mankey added 11 points

Flint Powers 44 and Mount Pleasant 52 are among the most well-known people in the world.

Mount Pleasant rallied from an 18-6 first-quarter deficit, taking the lead in the fourth quarter to achieve the SVL victory. Jordyn Egger led the Oilers with 20 points and 11 assists, followed by Katie Schell with 15 points and 17 assists. Maddi Molyneux put the Powers ahead with 24 points.

Clare 21 and Sanford Meridian 52 are the same as the Clare 21.

Meridian held Clare to six points in the second half as well as Taylor Hopkins and Halen McLaughlin 16 points for the Mustangs. Sofia Coker scored seven points for the Mustangs.

Coleman 33, Carson City-Crystal 31

In the fourth quarter, Coleman clinched a victory against Carson City-Crystal in the Mid-State Activities Conference, outscoring Carson City, 9-6. Katelyn Pnacek led the Comets with 15 points and 10 assists, with Maddy Miller adding seven points.

Midland High 64, Bay City Central 40

Midland came back to 3-5 with an 18-7 start in the first quarter to secure the win on Thursday. Payton Palmer led the Chemics with 16 points, followed by Jade Dawson and Abby Carroll with 11 points each. Morgan Williams added eight points each.

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