Two of the area’s top girls basketball teams squared off Tuesday night Hart hosted a nonleague matchup against Western Michigan Christian.
The Pirates used a strong start on the way to an impressive 52-36 victory over the visiting Warriors.
Hart (2-1), which jumped out to a 12-6 first-quarter advantage, used fundamental team defense and balanced scoring to earn the win over a Western Michigan Christian squad that had the size advantage.
“We held a much taller WMC team to only one offensive rebound, in large part to great play from freshman Addi Hovey and senior Morgan Marvin,” Hart coach Travis Rosema said.
Senior Jayd Hovey led the Pirates with 17 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Aspen Boutell followed closely behind with eight points, four steals and three rebounds.
Hart (1-0 West Michigan Conference) heads back into league play Thursday with a 7 p.m. home game against Ravenna.
Photos by Billy Mann | CatchMark
SPRING LAKE 42, MONTAGUE 41
Spring Lake rallied to defeat host Montague in nonleague competition. After leading throughout most of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats were unable to close out a victory. A late 3-pointer followed by a layup with 16 seconds remaining gave the Lakers the edge.
Maddie Meacham 13 points, 10 rebounds
Emma Dyer 8 points
Claire Meacham 7 points, 12 rebounds
Spring Lake 2-1 overall
Montague 2-1 overall, 1-0 WMC
Spring Lake at Wyoming Lee, 7 p.m. Friday
Montague at Mason County Central, 7 p.m. Thursday
NEWAYGO 50, WHITEHALL 25
At Newaygo, Whitehall suffered their second nonleague loss of the season. Newaygo walked away with a dominating 50-25 victory. The Lions jumped out to a quick 27-10 lead in the first half and never looked back.
Jaxi Long 24 points (six 3-pointers)
Marissa Strandberg 5 points
McKena Coron 5 points
Charley Klint 5 points
Newaygo 2-0 overall
Whitehall 1-2 overall, 1-0 WMC
Newaygo at Central Montcalm, 6 p.m. Friday
North Muskegon at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Thursday
OAKRDIGE 47, FRUITPORT 25
Oakridge traveled to neighboring Fruitport for a nonleague matchup and their first win of the season. The Eagles created a 16-point deficit heading into the break, resulting in a smooth sail throughout the second half.
Anna Lundquist 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
Jasmine Pastor 14 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 1 block
Oakridge 1-2 overall, 0-1 WMC
Fruitport 0-2 overall
Oakridge at Shelby, 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Fruitport at Calvary Christian, 5:30 p.m. Friday
NORTH MUSKEGON 40, MUSKEGON CATHOLIC CENTRAL 27
At Muskegon Catholic Central, the Norse found their first win of the season over the Crusaders. At the break, North Muskegon led MCC 21-12. The Crusaders were unable to narrow that deficit in second half as the Norse locked in a win.
North Muskegon leaders:
Jena Francis 14 points (four 3-pointers)
Josee Cooke 10 points, 6 rebounds
Muskegon Catholic Central leaders:
Grace Staniforth 10 points
Claire LaVigne 9 points
North Muskegon 1-1 overall, 0-1 WMC
Muskegon Catholic Central 0-2 overall
North Muskegon at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Thursday
Manistee at Muskegon Catholic Central, 7 p.m. Friday
SHELBY 53, FREMONT 41
Shelby traveled to Fremont and picked up their second win of the season against the Packers. A huge 14-4 first quarter gave the Tigers the push they needed to lock in the win. Fremont narrowed the margin after the break, but were unable to make the comeback.
Kendall Zoulek 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals
Molli Schultz 15 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal
Ella Olmstead 13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Shelby 2-1 overall, 1-0 WMC
Fremont 0-2 overall
Oakridge at Shelby 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Big Rapids at Fremont, 6 p.m. Friday
RAVENNA 49, GRAND RAPIDS WEST MICHIGAN AVAIATION ACADEMY 22
In a nonleague matchup, Ravenna defeated Grand Rapids West Michigan Aviation Academy to secure their first win of the season.
Madeline Kilbourne 15 points
Emma Gillard 10 points
Addison Gillard 8 points
Ravenna 1-2 overall, 0-1 WMC
Grand Rapids West Michigan Aviation Academy 0-3 overall
Kentwood Grand River Prep at Grand Rapids West Michigan Aviation Academy, 5:30 p.m. Friday
Ravenna at Hart 7:30 p.m. Thursday
WESTFIELD PREP 75, HART 37
In a nonleague matchup over the weekend, Hart picked up their first loss to Westfield Prep. The Pirates trailed 41-12 at half time but continued to battle through the entirety of the game per coach Travis Rosema.
Mariana VanAgtmael 12 points, 6 rebounds
Jayd Hovey 9 points, 7 rebounds
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