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WMC girls basketball: Hart picks up impressive win; Montague falls in nail-biter

Oakridge, Shelby, North Muskegon and Ravenna pick up nonleague wins. Whitehall suffers loss to Newaygo.

Morgan Marvin of the Hart girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

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.

Montague leaders:

Maddie Meacham 13 points, 10 rebounds

Emma Dyer 8 points

Claire Meacham 7 points, 12 rebounds

Records:

Spring Lake 2-1 overall

Montague 2-1 overall, 1-0 WMC

Next games:

Spring Lake at Wyoming Lee, 7 p.m. Friday

Montague at Mason County Central, 7 p.m. Thursday

The Whitehall varsity girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Sports Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021 (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)

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.

Newaygo leader:

Jaxi Long 24 points (six 3-pointers)

Whitehall leaders:

Marissa Strandberg 5 points

McKena Coron 5 points

Charley Klint 5 points

Records:

Newaygo 2-0 overall

Whitehall 1-2 overall, 1-0 WMC

Next games:

Newaygo at Central Montcalm, 6 p.m. Friday

North Muskegon at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Thursday

Anna Lundquist of the Oakridge girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

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.

Oakridge leaders:

Anna Lundquist 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Jasmine Pastor 14 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 1 block

Records:

Oakridge 1-2 overall, 0-1 WMC

Fruitport 0-2 overall

Next games:

Oakridge at Shelby, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Fruitport at Calvary Christian, 5:30 p.m. Friday

Jena Francis of the North Muskegon girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

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

Records:

North Muskegon 1-1 overall, 0-1 WMC

Muskegon Catholic Central 0-2 overall

Next games:

North Muskegon at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Thursday

Manistee at Muskegon Catholic Central, 7 p.m. Friday

Molli Schultz of the Shelby girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

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.

Shelby leaders:

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

Records:

Shelby 2-1 overall, 1-0 WMC

Fremont 0-2 overall

Next games:

Oakridge at Shelby 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Big Rapids at Fremont, 6 p.m. Friday

The Ravenna varsity girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Sports Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021 (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)

MONDAY

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.

Ravenna leaders:

Madeline Kilbourne 15 points

Emma Gillard 10 points

Addison Gillard 8 points

Records:

Ravenna 1-2 overall, 0-1 WMC

Grand Rapids West Michigan Aviation Academy 0-3 overall

Next games:

Kentwood Grand River Prep at Grand Rapids West Michigan Aviation Academy, 5:30 p.m. Friday

Ravenna at Hart 7:30 p.m. Thursday

The Hart varsity girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Sports’ Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021 (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)

SATURDAY

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.

Hart Leaders:

Mariana VanAgtmael 12 points, 6 rebounds

Jayd Hovey 9 points, 7 rebounds

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