2013-12-19 / Sports


Dryden’s Mackenzee Steen fights for a ball on the floor with a Webberville. 
Photo by Lisa Paine Dryden’s Mackenzee Steen fights for a ball on the floor with a Webberville. Photo by Lisa Paine BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Almont: The Raiders had trouble with their execution on the offensive end in its 70-49 loss to New Haven on Tuesday night. The Raiders committed a number of turnovers in the second quarter that helped the Rockets open up an insurmountable lead. Trailing just 12-9 midway through the second, Almont turned the ball over four times that led to seven New Haven points. Those seven points were part of a 14-0 run by the Rockets to close the quarter that gave them a 26-9 advantage at the break.

The Raiders saw their deficit grow throughout the third quarter. New Haven knocked down four 3-pointers in the period to stretch its lead to 48-28 heading to the fourth. Almont did put together a 7-2 mini run to close the third and stay within striking distance. Six straight points from Gavin Depauw kept the Raiders within 20 heading to the fourth.

Jake Sliman ended the game with five points and nine rebounds for Dryden. 
Photo by Lisa Paine Jake Sliman ended the game with five points and nine rebounds for Dryden. Photo by Lisa Paine Depauw and Connor McCarthy had 10 points during another 12-8 Almont surge in the fourth. But, it was too little, too late and the Rockets hung on for the win. — K.W.

Dryden: The Cardinals set aside Webberville, 61-35, at home Tuesday. Webberville held the early lead, 15-9, but Dryden began to chip away with an 11-9 second-half to pull to within 24-20 at the half. The Cardinals then poured in 20 points in the third quarter, limiting Webberville to six and repeated that in the fourth, 21-5. Nathan Spivey led Dryden with 19 points and two steals, Mike Gierman had 14 points, six rebounds and three steals and Brad Marsh had 11 points, five boards and four steals. Jacob Lang had eight points and five rebounds, Jake Sliman had five points and nine boards and Shane Raab had two points and two steals. Joey Savarino added two points. — L.P.

LakeVille: The Falcons faced a tough task on Tuesday, traveling to Frankenmuth for a Tri-Valley Conference-East contest. The Eagles would prove to be the victor, 59-16. Frankenmuth started fast, grabbing a 14-3 lead before outpacing LakeVille, 13-10, in the second quarter. The Eagles then outscored LakeVille in each of the final two quarters, 16-1, and, 16-2, respectively.

Harley Lang sat atop the LakeVille scoresheet with 10 points while Kody Burrows added three. Zach Leavitt had two points and Connor Kikta added one point. LakeVille hosts Caro on Friday. — B.P.

Lapeer East: The Eagles traveled to Holly to face one of the Flint Metro League’s top squads and fell to the Bronchos, 86-47. Holly outpaced East in each of the four quarters, beginning with an 18-7 run in the first, 15-9 in the second, 27- 18 in the third, and 26-13 in the final frame of the contest.

The Eagles were led by Keaton Pnacek with 16 points while Luke Gabryel amassed 11 points. Parker Fisher chipped in with eight points, Kolin Kirby and Jacob Krehel each added four points, Zack Stone had three and Kevin Thompson one.

East travels to Lapeer West on Friday. — B.P.

Lapeer West: The Panthers took care of business on Tuesday, dispatching Metro rival Clio, 68-58, and can now concentrate on Lapeer East for Friday’s key marquee battle. Clio led, 15-13, after the first quarter and outscored West, 20-13 in the second to lead, 35-26. But, West game out of the break more focused and scored 25 to Clio’s eight to take the lead, 51-45. A 17-15 fourth quarter showed the determination by both squads, but West prevailed, 68-58. Matt Place had a huge night with 23 points, 22rebounds and three assists, Terry Forgione had 13 points, five assists and five boards and Hunter Andrews had nine points and seven rebounds. Mark Cox had seven points, Trenton Wellsted had seven points and Hunter Sharrard had three assists and five rebounds. — L.P.


Almont: Almont ballooned an early lead, 22-11, and made an 8-4 run in the second quarter at Flint on Tuesday against International Academy of Flint and dominated the Phoenix, 47-24. The Raiders fired on all cylinders in the third quarter, outscoring their hosts, 17-1, before International Academy went on an 8-0 stretch to close the game out.

Shelby Fridline was on top of her game, amassing 17 points while Lizzie Rinke was right behind her with 15 points. Sidni Burrell led International Academy with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Raiders host Imlay City on Friday. — B.P.

Dryden: The Lady Cardinals pulled out the 44-38 win over Webberville, despite a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Webberville. Webberville led, 8-5, after the first quarter, but Dryden regained the lead, 20-16 by the break. Webberville came out of the break prepared and battled for every ball and shot. Dryden got its own scare when Brianna Marsh hit the floor after a collision with a Webberville player, hitting her mouth on the floor. The game was stopped for several minutes while coaches tended to both injured players. Marsh returned to the game in the fourth quarter with a cut inside lip and was instrumental in putting Dryden back on top with several steals and layups. Webberville hit a long shot at the buzzer, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. Marsh led with 27 points and hit 7-of-8 from the stripe, Rachel Johnson had five points and hit 3-of-6, Regan Knox added four points and hit two of her four free throws and Claire DeCeuninck, Tabitha Walton, Mackenzee Steen and Jordan Vallad each added two. Dryden hosts Bendle on Friday. — L.P.

Imlay City: The Lady Spartans were at home on Tuesday for a Blue Water Area Conference contest with Richmond, falling to the Blue Devils, 63-39. Richmond jumped out to a 19-8 lead in the opening frame, however, Imlay City responded in the second quarter with 13 points to Richmond’s 15.

The third quarter was a 12-12 deadlock and Richmond sealed the win with a 17-6 run in the final frame. Ashton Combs recorded a double-double for the Lady Spartans, scoring 23 points while snagging 10 rebounds.

The Spartans travel to Almont on Friday. — B.P.

LakeVille: The Lady Falcons faced one of the tougher teams in the Tri-Valley Conference-East on Tuesday night, traveling to Frankenmuth en route to a 60-20 loss. Frankenmuth came out of the gate strong, outpacing the Falcons in the first two quarters, 16-2, and, 19-5, respectively. Frankenmuth went on an 11-10 run in the third and capped the contest on a 14-3 stretch.

Ashley Robinson led the Falcons with six points, Breanna Thygesen added four points and Shaina Patterson scored three points. Ashley Pardee, Nicole Gill and Stephanie McMahan each had two points and Lauren Weiss scored one.

LakeVille travels to Caro today. — B.P.

Lapeer East: The Eagles dropped a Metro League game to Holly, 52-21, Tuesday night at home. The visiting Bronchos jumped out to a 22-6 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 32-11 at halftime. It was 46-14 entering the fourth quarter. Lexi Fischer led East with eight points, while Sam Thick and Annette Williams added two points and five rebounds each. Taylor Prusatis and Hanna Ruddock scored three points each. Allyssa Copley led Holly with 20 points.

East, 0-3 Metro and 0-6 overall, will visit Lapeer West on Friday. — D.N.

Lapeer West: A close game got away from the Panthers in the fourth quarter, as Clio posted a 49-36 Metro League victory at home. The host Mustangs took a 13-5 firstquarter lead, but West stormed back to within 18-15 in the second quarter and pulled within 27-26 in the third quarter. Clio pulled away with a 22-10 fourth. Katlyn Burley and Chanda June scored 11 points each to lead West, while Olivia Rubick added eight. The Panthers slipped to 1-2 overall and 1-1 Metro and will host Lapeer East on Friday night. — D.N.

Saturday Slate

Almont wrestling at Ovid-Elsie tournament

Lapeer West wrestling at County Meet in Davison

Lapeer East wrestling at County Meet in Davison

LakeVille wresting at County Meet in Davison

LakeVille/North Branch/Dryden/Goodrich hockey at Dewitt

Lapeer West bowling vs. Holly at Clio Bowling Arcade

North Branch wrestling at Genesee County tournament

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