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West Michigan Conference girls basketball: Roundup from Jan. 23, 2024

Fremont picks up big win at Ludington; Montague snaps seven-game skid.

A number of girls basketball games involving West Michigan Conference teams were played Tuesday night.

Below is a roundup of the action from Jan. 23, 2024, via info submitted to CatchMark SportsNet:


FREMONT 41, LUDINGTON 35: Jessica Bennett and Mia Clemence fueled visiting Fremont’s late rally as the Packers won a WMC Lakes Division first-place battle over Ludington.

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Fremont’s girls varsity basketball team poses for a photo during CatchMark SportsNet media day on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, in Whitehall, Mich. (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)


MANISTEE 39, OAKRIDGE 33: Oakridge’s Anna Lundquist posted a triple-double, but host Manistee jumped ahead 10-2 in the first quarter and led 22-10 at halftime in this matchup.

“We showed a lot of poise in the final minutes. Things almost got away from us in the third,” Manistee coach Kenn Kott said.

“One tough game of three this week, all in the conference, so it will be a real test week.”

Manistee leaders:

Libby McCarthy 14 points, 10 rebounds

Jayna Edmondson 7 points

Avamae Fett 6 points

Alayna Edmondson 5 points

Lindsey Gardner 5 points

Oakridge leaders:

Anna Lundquist 12 points, 19 rebounds, 10 blocks

Cambria Guenthardt 8 points

Kaelinn Jozsa 11 rebounds


Manistee 5-5 (4-1 WMC Lakes)

Oakridge 2-7 (1-4 WMC Lakes)

In this file photo, Manistee’s Libby McCarthy poses for a portrait during CatchMark SportsNet Girls Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at CatchMark Technologies in Whitehall, Mich. (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)
In this file photo, Oakridge’s Anna Lundquist poses for a portrait during CatchMark SportsNet Girls Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at CatchMark Technologies in Whitehall, Mich. (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)


MONTAGUE 61, ORCHARD VIEW 19: Host Montague used a 23-0 second-quarter scoring advantage to break open this WMC Lakes game and snap a seven-game skid. The Wildcats were balanced with three double-digit scorers.

Montague leaders:

Braylyn Bultema 17 points

Addison Pranger 15 points

Adilynn Peterson 12 points

Orchard View leaders:

No stats or details submitted


Montague 2-7 (2-3 WMC Lakes)

Orchard View 3-7 (0-4 WMC Lakes)

Montague junior Braylyn Bultema (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)



HART 55, SHELBY 36: Host Shelby played rival Hart tight in the first quarter before the Pirates created a little separation in the second quarter of this WMC Rivers matchup.

“History has shown us that records do not matter and anything can happen in the Hart vs. Shelby rivalry game — teams must show up ready to compete,” Hart coach Travis Rosema said. “This was evident in the first quarter as we started out slow and Shelby executed early and won loose balls, allowing them to stay close. 

“In the second quarter, I felt our effort and energy was much better, but the girls failed to capitalize on getting to the foul line, going 4-for-010 in the quarter. A bright spot was being able to get some easy baskets off steals in transition. In the 3rd quarter, our effort, energy, and ball movement vs. the Shelby zone was better, which generated open shots. The main beneficiary was Rilynn Porter, who made three triples in the quarter. The energy carried over into the fourth quarter and the lead got up to 20.”

Hart leaders:

Rilynn Porter 17 points, 5 steals

Abby Hicks 10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals

Addi Hovey 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals

Breslyn Porter 8 points

Shelby leaders:

Brylee Friedman 12 points, 8 rebounds

Molli Schultz 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Kendall Zaverl 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

Biloxi Lee 10 rebounds, 3 assists


Hart 8-2 (5-0 WMC Rivers)

Shelby 4-6 (2-4 WMC Rivers)

Hart freshman Rilynn Porter (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)


MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 60, NORTH MUSKEGON 39: Visiting MCC used solid shooting to turn away a scrappy North Muskegon squad and remained within one game of divisional-leading Hart in the WMC Rivers race.

The Spartans built a 35-19 halftime lead and, after a sluggish third quarter, they used a 15-8 fourth-quarter scoring advantage to put it away.

Wren Nelson posted her seventh double-double of the season.

“Proud of the kids playing hard today. North Muskegongave us everything they had and we answered the bell in the fourth quarter,” MCC coach Brian Beebe said. “They played some funky zone defenses against us tonight and our kids did a great job of adjusting in the second half. Our posts got to the rim and guards did a good job finding them.”

Said North Muskegon coach Jill Young: “MCC is very deep and played an incredibly balanced game. Our hats are off to them.”

MCC leaders:

Mallory Miller 17 points

Wren Nelson 11 points, 11 rebounds

Grace Weinert 10 points

Eva Hradel 8 points

Jayden Baker 6 points

North Muskegon leaders:

 Marilyn Gaston 12 points

Delaney Young 9 points

Allie Jensen 8 points


Mason County Central 8-2 overall (4-1 WMC Rivers)

North Muskegon 7-4 (3-2 WMC Rivers)

Mason County Central senior Wren Nelson (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)


HOLTON 28, RAVENNA 18: Visiting Holton scored a season low with 28 points, but the Red Devils’ defense was up to the challenge and led to the victory.

“Points were at a premium tonight for both teams,” Holton coach BJ Jordan said. “We did a good job defending for three of the four quarters. Gave up 12 (points) in the second and only six in the other three combined.

“Another game where we struggled on offense finding any real rhythm. We missed several easy ones tonight. But I know there will always be nights like this, and glad we can pull out a win while scoring less than 30. Hopefully we can pick it up on the offensive end as we will need way more than 28 points to compete with Mason County on Friday.”

Holton leaders:

Abbie Fowler 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists

Ryann Robins 7 points, 10 rebounds

Aubrey Goyings 5 points, 10 rebounds

Ravenna leaders:

No stats or details submitted


Holton 9-2 (3-2 WMC Rivers)

Ravenna 3-7 (1-4 WMC Rivers)

In this file photo, Holton’s Abbie Fowler poses for a portrait during CatchMark SportsNet Girls Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at CatchMark Technologies in Whitehall, Mich. (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)



WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN 59, WHITEHALL 52: Visiting Western Michigan Christian built a 29-18 halftime lead and made it stand en route to this nonleague victory. Whitehall junior Lexi Daggett played a strong game against her former school.

Whitehall leaders:

Lexi Daggett 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Clare Westerlund 11 points, 4 rebounds

Kendall Osborne 7 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals

Allie VanAntwerp 6 points, 5 rebounds

Lianne Fagan 6 points

WMC leaders:

No stats or details submitted


Whitehall 3-8 overall

Western Michigan Christian 6-2 overall

Whitehall junior Lexi Daggett (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

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