From staff reports
BENZONIA — For the first time, Benzie Central notched a girls basketball victory over Traverse City Central.
The Huskies rallied from down 24-16 at halftime to topple the Trojans 42-39 Wednesday night.
The two teams had played every year except 2011 since the series began in 1999.
"Central played really great defense in the first half and we didn't match it," Benzie coach Mark Blazejewski said. "We made a couple adjustments in the second half and it made a few more opportunities to score inside. The kids did a good job adjusting their game."
Jordan Nye's reverse layup with 20 seconds left put Benzie up three points before Central's Jesse Hiemstral cut it to one with a bucket.
Benzie's Makayla Huddleston knocked down a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to re-establish the three-point advantage and the Trojans had a 3-pointer hit the rim at the final buzzer.
The Huskies (3-2) were led by Mary Warsecke's career-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Nye added 11 points and seven boards, while Paige Sauer chipped in seven points, three steals and four assists.
Central's Tyler Rawlings was a big reason the Trojans led at halftime. She knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 18 of her 21 points in the first half — and accounted for all but six points of Central's first-half output.
Madi Bankey added eight points for Central (0-3).
Central (1-2) won the JV game 42-29, led by Katie Ludwig's nine points and Ashley Reed's 10 assists. Charlotte Warsecke scored eight for the Huskies.
Joburg-Lewiston 50 Gaylord St. Mary 48
Johannesburg-Lewiston made a major push in the third quarter to hand Gaylord St. Mary its first setback of the season, 50-48.
The Cardinals reeled off a 19-3 run in the third quarter after trailing 29-26 at halftime.
"It was a total team effort," Joburg coach Heather Huff said. "The scoring was evenly distributed."
Madison Showerman led the Cardinals with 11 points and six rebounds, while three other players scored seven or more.
Abby Schlichter pitched in eight points, nine rebounds, four blocks and four assists, while Brittany Cherwinski added seven points and four boards, and Hannah Huff had seven points and nine rebounds.
Chrissy Smith led St. Mary (4-1) with 15 points and Sarah Long added 11.
Joburg (5-0, 3-0 Ski Valley Conference) travels Tuesday to Bellaire.
Suttons Bay 53 Northport 31
Deedoskah Stonefish scored a game-high 19 points to lead Suttons Bay past Northport 53-31.
Jane Hursey added 11 points, Andrea Emery grabbed 16 rebounds, Delaney Kaufman added eight points and 15 boards and Hannah Steed pitched in nine points and four steals.
Autumn Huck paced Northport with 15 points.
The Norse (1-3) travel Friday to Kingsley.
Bellaire 45 Inland Lakes 39
Katie Thornton scored all 15 of Bellaire's fourth-quarter points in a 45-39 victory over Inland Lakes.
She ended up with a game-high 22 points and added seven rebounds and three assists.
Leighten Koepke put up eight points, five steals and six assists for the Eagles (3-0, 2-0 Ski Valley), who travel Friday to Forest Area.
Sandra Bischoff led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
Onaway 42 Central Lake 22
A big second-quarter spurt put Onaway in control during a 42-22 Ski Valley Conference victory over Central Lake.
The Cardinals led by only three after the first quarter, but reeled off a 16-6 second-quarter to lead by 13 at the half.
Emily Estep led Onaway with 10 points.
Allie Hines paced Central Lake (2-3, 0-3 SVC) with nine points.
Onaway (3-2, 1-2 SVC) hosts Inland Lakes on Friday.
Ellsworth 36 Alanson 24
Ellsworth used balanced scoring to ring up a 36-24 Northern Lakes Conference victory over Alanson.
Tara Essenberg scored 10 points for the Lancers (2-2, 2-0 NLC), who host Harbor Light on Monday.
Kendra Warner added nine and Kari Steenwyk eight.
Allena Kilpatrick led Alanson with nine points.
TC Central splits double dual meet
Traverse City Central notched its first dual-meet victory of the season with a 42-16 win over Kalkaska in a double dual at Elk Rapids.
Four Trojan wrestlers racked up wins by fall: James Westenbarger at 199 pounds, Jutice Korson at 140, Andre Pappas at 160 and Josiah Lopez-Wild at 189 in his first match this season after suffering a should injury.
Elk Rapids topped Central 48-18 in Central's other match. The Elks topped Kalkaska 27-12.
Mancelona drops pair of dual meets
Mancelona had four wrestlers win by pin in a 40-30 setback to Lake City.
Tristan Waters had a 14-second win by fall at 215 pounds, while Keegan Richardson notched a 43-second pin at 285.
Noah Burrough (119) and Tevin Nygrin also had first-period pins, and Noah McDaniel added a victory.
Pine River topped the Ironmen 71-0.
-- Compiled by James Cook