FRANKFORT — A freshman and a foreign-exchange student led Frankfort to a league-clinching 46-37 girls basketball victory over Glen Lake.
The Panthers (17-1, 12-0 Northwest Conference) locked up the league title Thursday by handing the Lakers their third conference setback.
Denmark’s Pauline Lausten scored 13 points for Frankfort, while freshman Cecilia Schmitt had nine points, six rebounds and two steals.
“She was the difference,” Panthers coach Tim Reznich said. “We struggled hitting shots. Cecilia came in and went 4 for 6 from the field. It was really big for us.”
Jessica Lee scored a game-high 15 points for Glen Lake and Jordan Peplinski had eight. The Lakers (11-6, 8-3 NWC) host Suttons Bay on Monday.
“We battled every minute,” Reznich said. “It was a very good game.”
The Panthers travel to Kingsley on Tuesday and to Buckley on Thursday to close out the league schedule.
Kingsley’s first two points of its Senior Night win over Buckley were likely Kenzie Meeker’s last.
The all-conference Stags player tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the off-season and hasn’t played a single game in her senior campaign.
She started Thursday.
The Stags allowed Buckley to score on their first possession and then fed Meeker for a shot. She missed, grabbed her own rebound and put it back.
Meeker hasn’t officially been cleared by doctors to play, and coach Matt Shelleck said she isn’t likely to play the rest of the year.
Autumn Goggin scored 27 points and added five rebounds and four steals, while Lilly Travis had 12 points and six boards in the win.
Marlee Harris scored 14, Hannah Baldinger added 11 points and seven assists and Ashlee Carpenter scored 11 points for Buckley, which travels Tuesday to Leland.
Kingsley (13-5, 9-3 NWC) hosts Frankfort on Tuesday and travels Thursday to Mesick.
Suttons Bay 58
Suttons Bay went over .500 in Northwest Conference play with a 58-50 win over Leland.
The Norse (8-9, 6-5 NWC) received 21 points and 15 rebounds from Delaney Kaufman. Samara Slocomb added nine points and Caylee Pattison eight.
Libby Munoz scored a game-high 28 for the Comets, while Jessica Fleis pitched in a dozen.
Suttons Bay travels Monday to Glen Lake.
Benzie Central 50
Makayla Huddleston’s 14 points led three Benzie Central players in double figures in a 50-40 Northwest Conference victory over Mesick.
Sara Goodchild and Charlotte Warsecke added 10 points each for the Huskies, who travel Tuesday to Glen Lake.
Mesick’s Abby Trowbridge scored 22 points to lead all scorers, adding 20 rebounds and 10 steals. The Bulldogs host Leland on Monday.
TC Bulldogs 50
Lake Leelanau SM 40
The Traverse City Bulldogs closed out their regular season with a 50-40 win over Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s.
Sarah Plamondon pitched in 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Lauren Couturier had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Hannah Weber led the Eagles with 15 points.
The Bulldogs (15-5) are off until Feb. 22, when they play in the state home school tournament at Mount Pleasant as the No. 2 seed.
Lexi Szymoniak’s 14th double-double of the season propelled Onaway to a 57-29 Ski Valley Conference victory over Pellston.
Szymoniak had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Erika Price added 11 points for the Cardinals (10-7, 8-7 SVC).
Kassie Lewis had seven points to lead the Hornets.
Forest Area 18
Eileen Naniseni’s 11 points paced Mancelona in a 50-18 Ski Valley Conference win over Forest Area.
Ashley Joseph and Emily Nixon had nine each for the Ironmen.
Onna Hulwick scored six to pace the Warriors, who have a busy week ahead, hosting Pellston on Monday, Gaylord St. Mary on Tuesday and Johannesburg-Lewiston on Thursday.
Central Lake 45
Madison Showerman and Kelsey Cherwinski each nearly had double-doubles in Johannesburg-Lewiston’s 68-45 Ski Valley Conference win over Central Lake.
Showerman put up 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Cherwinski had 10 points and eight steals.
Brittany Cherwinski pitched in 15 points and Abbie May eight.
Beal City 55
Beal City caught fire in the second half to earn a 55-39 Highland Conference win over Manton.
The Rangers led 27-23 at halftime, but the Aggies turned that around into a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Kara Baker led Manton with eight points, while Olivia Kunkel and Brittany Brauer each had seven. The Rangers (7-10, 3-8 HC) visit McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday.
TC St. Francis JV 38
Elk Rapids JV 25
Colleen LaBonte and Gigi Ward each reached double figures in Traverse City St. Francis’ 38-25 junior varsity win over Elk Rapids.
LaBonte ended up with 14 points and Ward 11 for the Gladiators (8-10).
CeCe Hiser and Kendra Wilke led the Elks with five points each.
Alpena pulled away after a low-scoring first half to notch a 70-46 Big North Conference win over Cadillac.
The Wildcats led 27-20 at halftime before erupting for 43 second-half points.
Andy Marwede and Brad Styma scored 17 points each for Alpena (13-1, 8-1 BNC), while Justin Liptak scored 18 for the Vikings (10-5, 6-4 BNC).
TC Christian 48
Alex Bialik scored 23 points to lead Manistee to a 52-48 non-conference win over Traverse City Christian.
Matt Simmons added 15 for the Chippewas.
Kris Crosby led Christian with 23 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, while Kevin Mannes added nine points and seven boards.
The Sabres (8-6) host the Cherryland Conference tournament, which starts Monday.
Lake Leelanau SM 56
Burt Lake NMCA 17
Drew Pobuda’s double-double led Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s to a 56-17 win over Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy.
Christian Holmes, Jack Garthe and Dan Duperon each added eight points for the Eagles (7-6), who travel to Onekama tonight.
Jeff Thompson scored 10 of Burt Lake’s 17 points.
Elk Rapids JV 61
TC St. Francis JV 52
Devin Sempert’s 14 points led Elk Rapids to a 61-52 overtime junior varsity victory over Traverse City St. Francis.
Max Douglas and Logan Crawford added 12 points and Cody Waite 11 for the Elks, while St. Francis (11-4) was paced by Joe Coates’ 14 and Drew McFadden’s 12.
— Compiled by James Cook