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Mason County Central bounces back with runaway girls basketball win at Whitehall

Spartans’ one-two punch of Mallory Miller and Wren Nelson too much for Vikings in Brian Beebe’s return.

Photos by Harper Leon for CatchMark

Mason County Central’s girls basketball team dropped a tough game to Hart last Friday that all but locked up the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division title for the Pirates.

MCC needed a bounce-back game and the Spartans got one Monday night at Whitehall.

In Mason County Central coach Brian Beebe’s return to the school where he served as athletic director for the previous two years, the Spartans got off to a quick start and ran away with a 47-26 nonleague win over Whitehall.

MCC (13-4) used a 13-2 run to open the game. The Spartans raced out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead and extended it to 29-11 by halftime. Their margin grew to 41-17 by the end of the third quarter.

“Was good to see us come out with a lot of energy to open the game,” said Beebe, whose squad led Hart 9-0 in the first quarter Friday before the Pirates came away with a 44-36 victory. “We got off to a great start — that speaks to our kids’ willinginess to work and playing experience, which helps the coaches let them do their thing as players defensively without micromanaging their every move.”

Mallory Miller scored a game-high 18 points for Mason County Central. Wren Nelson delivered 12 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocks for the Spartans. Grace Weinert had seven points, while Jessica Petersen scored four.

Kendall Osborne paced Whitehall (7-11) with 14 points, while Allie VanAntwerp chipped in with four points.

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