2017-12-06 / Sports

Almont, Dryden, North Branch notch girls’ hoops wins

Almont’s Kirsten Schapman hits the breakaway layup during Friday’s game with Parkway Christian. 
Photos by Austin VanDaele Almont’s Kirsten Schapman hits the breakaway layup during Friday’s game with Parkway Christian. Photos by Austin VanDaele ALMONT — The Almont girls' basketball team staged a second-half scoring surge to pick up its first win of the season 42-28 over Parkway Christian on Friday. Both teams started out slow to leave the score at 5-2 in favor of Parkway Christian following the opening quarter. Parkway Christian then went on a 14-6 run in the second to lead 16-11 at the half.

Almont started the third quarter on fire offensively, scoring 17 points while holding Parkway to eight to lead 28-24 headed into the final frame. The Lady Raiders went on a 14-4 run in the fourth to run away with the victory.

Paige Walton led the Lady Raiders with 12 points while Tyler Kautz followed with seven including one three-pointer. Grace Zimmerman had six points with two three-pointers, Meredith Rinke had six points, Kirsten Schapman and Ashley Gibbs both had four and Jennifer Curtis had three.

Dryden’s Jordan Peters drives the lane during Friday’s home game against Genesee. Dryden’s Jordan Peters drives the lane during Friday’s home game against Genesee. Almont, 1-1, traveled to Brown City on Tuesday after press deadlines and will visit Armada tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. — A.V.


A fiery first-quarter performance lifted the Lady Cardinals to a 27-19 win over Genesee at home on Friday. Dryden opened up the game on fire offensively and led 14-0 after the first quarter. After that, the Lady Cardinals cooled off a bit and let Genesee back into the game after dropping the second quarter 13-2 but held on for the 16-13 halftime lead.

The scoring slowed down for both teams during the second half, as Genesee scored just four and two points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Dryden added three points to its total in the third and eight in the fourth to secure its first win of the season.

Jordan Peters led Dryden with eight points, two assists, one rebound and one steal. Ella Kage finished with six points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Lexi Seitz also had six points to go along with two rebounds and one assist. Natalie Poirier had four points with one rebound, block and steal and Ally Sobek finished with two points, six rebounds and four assists.

Dryden, 1-0, visited Capac on Tuesday after press deadlines and will host Bay City All Saints Friday at 7 p.m. — A.V.


The Lady Spartans fell behind early and were unable to come back during a 46-32 loss to North Branch at home on Friday. Imlay City trailed 14-10 after the first quarter but fell victim to a 14-4 run from North Branch in the second to trail 28-14 at the half.

The third quarter saw a 9-6 run from the Lady Broncos, extending their lead to 17 headed into the fourth. Imlay City outscored North Branch 12-9 in the final frame, but the deficit was too large by then to come away with the win.

“The girls played a tough game through some minor foul trouble that they had,” noted Imlay City coach Heather Lauwers after the loss.

Abby Schefka led Imlay City with 13 points and eight rebounds. Haley Medrano and Kayla Louwsma both added seven points.

For North Branch, Reese Ruhlman led the way with a team-high 23 points, five rebounds and three steals while Carly Warda put up 11 points, eight rebounds and a steal. Kendall Wilson added seven points, six rebounds and five steals and with three points, two boards and two steals was Autumn Deshestsky.

“We started out very slow but got back into the game in the second quarter,” said North Branch coach Timothy Gormley. “We shot 76 percent from the free-throw line, which gave us 14 points. Having these two wins will help us get ready for league play next week.”

Imlay City, 1-2, traveled to Harbor Beach on Tuesday after press deadlines and will visit Algonac tomorrow at 7 p.m. — A.V. /B.P.

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