Prep Roundup: Dow girls keep on rolling

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Dow High improved to 7-0 with a 59-42 win over host Alpena in nonleague girls’ basketball on Tuesday.

The Chargers built a 24-11 lead after one quarter, then outscored the Wildcats 18-8 in the second quarter to extend to a commanding 42-19 lead. 

Abby Rey paced Dow with 26 points and six steals, while Alexa Kolnitys had 18 points, seven steals, five rebounds, and three assists, Jenna Butcher had four assists, and Kennedy Caldwell added three steals.

The Chargers will host Lapeer next Tuesday.

DOW BOYS OUTSCORED 20-0 AT FOUL LINE IN LOSS

Alpena finished strong to beat host Dow High 66-48 in nonleague boys’ basketball on Tuesday.

The Wildcats led 17-16 after the first quarter, then outscored the Chargers 12-4 in the second to take a 29-20 advantage into halftime. Dow had a 16-13 edge in the third to cut it to 42-36, but Alpena outscored the Chargers 24-12 in the fourth to pull away.

The Wildcats had a huge advantage at the foul line, making 20 of 28 free throws, while the Chargers didn’t attempt a single free throw.

“The first three quarters of the game, we looked like a team that was trying to decide if we wanted to really play hard or not. We had some runs that looked really good, but we had lapses that looked really bad,” said Dow coach Mark Dickerson. ” … Unfortunately, we ran into some major foul issues in the fourth quarter, and Alpena capitalized by scoring 15 points at the free throw line to put the game well out of reach.

“One of the key lessons we have to learn is how to play aggressive, physical defense without fouling. Tonight was a perfect example of how those fouls add up,” he added. ” … We won’t beat anybody when we commit fouls at that rate. Our practices are very physical, because we have to be able to play against tough, physical teams, but we have to balance that physicality in practice when it comes to game time.”

Nolan Fisher led the Chargers with 10 points, while Jonah Dahn added eight points.

Dow (1-3) will host Bay City Western on Friday.

The Chargers won the junior varsity game 44-37 behind 10 points by Colin MacGregor.

Dow won the freshman game 66-38, led by Gibson Brown’s 25 points and Ben VanSumeren’s 11 points.

MCLAUGHLIN’S 31 POINTS LEAD MERIDIAN GIRLS TO WIN OVER USA

Freshman Halen McLaughlin scored 31 points Tuesday to lead Meridian to a 64-20 rout of Unionville-Sebewaing in nonconference girls’ basketball.

The Mustangs led 21-4 after one quarter and 39-9 by halftime before outscoring the Patriots 25-11 in the second half.

“All nine girls who suited up for Meridian played with major intensity,” said MHS coach Tanner Smith. “Our defense was suffocating and led to transition baskets. I was really pleased with the way we executed our halfcourt offense. The ball was really moving, and we took the right shots.”

Katie Chinavare had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs, while Taylor Hopkins had six points, and McLaughlin had five steals and four assists.

Meridian will host Farwell on Friday.

COLEMAN BOYS LOSE BIG TO MONTABELLA

Montabella jumped out to an early lead and continued to pull away from Coleman on Tuesday, beating the Comets 71-39 in Mid-State Activities Conference boys’ basketball.

The Mustangs led 14-11 after one quarter and 32-18 at halftime before outscoring Coleman 39-21 in the second half.

Trenton Risdon led the Comets with 10 points, six rebounds, and four steals, while Jared DeVrieze had seven points, Conner Schrank had six points, Ty Klopf had six assists, Konner Carbeno grabbed five rebounds, and Ian Johnson added three steals.

Coleman (1-5) will head to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Saturday.

GLADWIN BOYS FALL TO JOHN GLENN

Gladwin fell behind early and never caught up Tuesday, as Bay City John Glenn beat the Flying G’s 51-42 in nonconference boys’ basketball.

The Bobcats led 8-4 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 27-20 at halftime before outscoring Gladwin 11-4 in the third quarter to make it 38-24. The G’s had an 18-13 edge in the fourth for the final margin.

“A slow start on offense in the first and third periods spelled the difference in the game tonight. We just turned the ball over too much in those quarters,” said Gladwin coach Mike Verellen. “Glenn played some really tough perimeter defense. We played a little shorthanded this evening, which didn’t help.

“Our leading scorer, Lucas Mead, and our sixth man, Brady Gehrett, were out tonight. We expect to be back to full strength on Thursday when we travel to Shepherd,” he added.

Jhace Massey led the G’s with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Dalton Peters added 11 points and seven boards.

Gladwin slips to 2-3.

Glenn also won the junior varsity game, 54-36. Seth Mead led the G’s with 14 points.

BCW GIRLS LOSE CLOSE ONE TO SAGINAW

Saginaw High rallied late to edge Bay City Western 55-54 in girls’ basketball on Tuesday.

The Warriors trailed 9-0 early but went on to build a 10-point fourth-quarter lead before the Trojans came back to win it.

“Give credit to Saginaw High for knocking down timely shots and rallying at the end,” said BCW coach Dan Snover.

Paige Humerickhouse led the Warriors with 14 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Chloe Wittbrodt had 14 points, and Brooke Swartz added 11 points.

CBA GIRLS FALL TO NORTH HURON

Calvary Baptist Academy struggled in the second half Monday, as North Huron rallied to beat the Kings 57-39 in girls’ basketball.

CBA led 17-8 after one quarter and 28-21 at halftime before North Huron outscored the Kings 17-6 in the third quarter to take a 38-34 lead and 19-5 in the fourth to pull away.

“After a strong start in the first half, we struggled to maintain our defense and offense in the second half. Their speed only increased as the game went on, and we seemed to be struggling to keep our momentum in the first game back after break,” said Calvary coach Sandra Herriage.

“We know what we need to work on and will press on, focusing on our next two games this week against MACS teams,” she added.

Caitlyn Dickerson had 24 points and five rebounds for the Kings, while Caroline Houtman had seven points and three assists, Sadie Day had six points, Ashley Wiggins grabbed eight rebounds, and Saige Arnold added six rebounds.

CBA (2-2) will host Faith Baptist of Davison on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

MERIDIAN WINS IN JV BOWLING

Meridian edged Ithaca 18-12 in junior varsity boys’ bowling on Tuesday.

Maxx Burdick led the Mustangs with a 191 game, while Luke Streeter threw a 123.