Central takes a long road to victory in the Bay City girls roundup

Central takes a long road to victory in the Bay City girls roundup ...

BAY CITY, MI A look at the Bay City high school girls sports scene on February 23, 2022. Area coaches are required to submit results, highlights, and comments the night of each event by emailing.

BIRLS BKB: BY CITY CENTRAL 53, OSCODA 41

Bay City Central made a beautiful journey to Oscoda and played a rare ballgame.

Oscoda led the Wolves to victory over the 53-41 road after sweeping the first half.

We didnt get out with the same intensity in the second half, coach Todd Thunberg said. We must learn that every possession counts and we can't take plays off. If we keep focused, we do things very well. When we do not, well, thats what happens.

Central (8-11) beat Bayern Munich to a 40-7 lead through halftime, with Alecsis Smith scoring 10 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter. Ay'sia Smith added 10 points, Amari'a Campbell nine and Jenna Morse eight respectively.

After halftime, Oscoda (13-6) made an up-and-coming appearance, outscoring Central 34-13 the rest of the way to make things closer than anticipated. Marlene Sobrino-Salvador scored 12 points for the Owls, while Macy Montgomery and Megan Myles each added six points.

Oscoda had seven 3-pointers, with five different players sinking at least one. Myles, Olivia Toppi, and Kaylin Griggs, both, were the subject of a homecourt match. The Owls beat a total of four league titles.

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Bay City Western demonstrated that it might compete with one of the Saginaw Valley League's elites.

In a game that was nearing the finish, Grand Blanc defeated the Warriors 53-43.

"Our girls were competitive from start to finish," says Western coach Dan Snover. "We gave everything we had, but we just came up short."

Western (8-11, 4-8) led 12-10 after the first quarter, down 19-18 at the half and 33-28 through three. Grand Blanc (14-4, 10-2) hit free throws down the stretch to seal victory.

Paige Humerickhouse led Western with 17 points, while Erica Slocum added 12. Brooke Swartz led by seven assists, and Chloe Wittbrodt unblemished six boards.

In a late addition to the schedule, Western closes out the regular season at Ogemaw Heights tonight.

ESSEXVILLE GARBER 65, BRIDGEPORT 41 GIRLS BKB

Seniors from the Essexville Garber and the rest of the crew decided to stretch their legs on Senior Night.

Bridgeport were not impressed by their 65-41 Tri-Valley East victory by running the floor and maneuvering around on defense.

Teagan Betzold, Tiana Joyner, Raquel Hernandez-Alaniz, Lauren Walker, and Brooke McDonald were all honored during Senior Night celebrations. After a third consecutive victory, Garber went to work.

We're doing a lot of work right now, said Garber coach Kim Klein. "Our legs are coming back, and it's kind of fun."

Walker led the way with 17 points and 11 steals, while Audrey Ball contributed 12 points and six assists for the Dukes (12-7, 6-7), according to Passion Whiting. Bridgeport has 21 points.

HEMLOCK 55, STANDISH-STERLING 49 GIRLS BKB: HEMLOCK 55

In Tri-Valley West action, Standish-Sterling's title defense came to a close.

With a setback, Saginaw Nouvel clinched the conference crown in the 15-4, 14-3.

Standish-Sterling was stricken by a 22-12 second-quarter run by Hemlock (14-5, 13-4); Tiffany Hozeska scored eight points and eight assists, and Kyle Wendel scored five points, six assists and five assists.

Chloe Watson rallied 26 points for Hemlock, and Regan Finkbeiner added 18. The Huskies outscored SSC 13-1 at the foul line.

BIRLS BKB: FREELAND 65, JOHN GLENN 20

With a 65-20 victory, Freeland struck early and often, transforming an early lead into a runaway victory.

Freeland (14-5, 10-3) led 24-8 after one quarter and was tough on defense throughout the Tri-Valley East matchup. Whitney Farrell led four Freeland players in double figures with 13 points, while Mackenzie Keefer added 12.

Glenn (4-15, 3-10) led by Alli Perkins with seven points, and Carmyn Mackenzie scored five.

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Calendar of Basketball Events

FEB. 24 THURSDAY

Boys Basketball

At St. Helen Heston, Au Gres

All Saints have a Owendale-Gagetown facility.

Basketball for Girls

St. Helen Heston's Au Gres

At Ogemaw Heights, Bay City Western

Akron-Fairgrove connects Carsonville to Port Sanilac.

Laker's Cass City

Harrison at Farwell

At the Leroy Pine River, Houghton Lake

All Saints are nearing Owendale-Gagetown.

Unionville-Sebewaing REese

Clare's Sanford Meridian is a Clare location.

Pinconning's Shepherd

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