TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central played with more energy in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans fell to Cadillac 45-41 in a Big North Conference opener Tuesday.
Central (0-3) trailed in the first half, but got back into the game with a more spirited showing and the help of a 1-2-2 press, tying the contest in the fourth period.
“We must drink energy water at halftime because we’re a totally different team when we come out,” said Central coach Heather Simpson.
Cadillac had a big edge in free throws, connecting on 18 of 36 tries.
Leading the Vikings were Abby Fuller and Hannah Baker, each with 13 points. For Central, Mary Barbera had nine points and Eliza McCall added eight. Sierra Fraser had a team-leading 11 rebounds.
The Trojans won the JV game 42-35 as Abby Green scored 15 points and Haven Hill 11.
Central travels to Alpena on Friday.
TC St. Francis 56
Benzie Central 25
St. Francis got off to a good start and cruised to a 56-25 victory over Benzie Central.
The Gladiators (3-1) led 14-6 after one period and boosted that difference to 28-10 at the half.
Sarah Carney had 13 points to top the Glads’ offense. Lauren McDonnell added 12 and Anne Lyman had 10. Leading Benzie was Sara Goodchild with nine.
St. Francis won the JV game 43-42. Gigi Ward netted 16 points and Colleen LaBonte 15 for the 2-2 Gladiators. Leah Stapleton and Ashley Nye scored 11 apiece for Benzie.
St. Francis hosts Leland on Monday.
Elk Rapids 32
Glen Lake 30
A blocked shot with two seconds left denied Glen Lake a chance to tie the game as Elk Rapids escaped with a 32-30 girls basketball victory.
Bridget Hintz came up with the key block on the Lakers final possession to give the Elks their first win of the year.
Rachel Hintz led Elk Rapids (1-2) with 12 points, while Glen Lake’s Jessica Lee scored 10 points to top her team’s offense.
Elk Rapids is at Harbor Springs on Friday. Glen Lake (1-3) faces Buckley on Thursday in its Northwest Conference opener.
Charlevoix, playing its third game in four days, suffered its first loss, a 50-42 non-league setback to Gaylord.
Maddie Hamilla scored 13 for the Blue Devils. Madeline Boss had 29 points, 16 rebounds and three steals for the 2-1 Rayders. Gabby Gray added seven points and three steals.
Charlevoix plays Elk Rapids next Tuesday.
Mackenna Kelly’s 25 points, seven rebounds and four steals powered Frankfort to a 74-54 non-league win over Onekama.
Pauline Lausten added 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Shayla Soto contributed eight points, eight rebounds and five steals. Madison Stefanski also had eight points for the 3-0 Panthers, who host Benzie on Thursday.
Kayla Kosiboski led Onekama with 12. Hailey Kott added 11.
Suttons Bay 42
Hannah Steed scored 13 points and Jane Hursey 11 as Suttons Bay knocked off Northport 42-34.
Hursey also added six rebounds and three steals for the Norsemen (1-2). Samara Slocombe chipped in with eight points. Delaney Kaufman led Suttons Bay on the glass with 10 rebounds and Waskane Stonefish had four assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Morgan Collins paced Northport (1-2) with 13 points. The Wildcats host Traverse City Christian on Thursday. Suttons Bay hosts Kingsley on Thursday.
Autumn Goggin poured in 22 points, grabbed 10 boards and had five steals to lead Kingsley to a 41-32 win over Kalkaska.
Leah Hall added seven points and Lilly Travis six for the Stags (2-1), who are at Suttons Bay on Thursday.
Leading Kalkaska was Reyann Homan with 10 points.
Beal City 34
McBain pulled away from visiting Beal City in the third quarter to break open a close game and secure a 54-34 victory in a key early-season Highland Conference clash.
Freshman Michaela Koopman drained a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the Ramblers (2-0, 1-0) a 25-18 lead over the defending league champs and ignite what turned out to be an 18-0 run over the next six minutes.
Senior guard Kara Hughston and junior point guard Meredith Hamlet tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, and Hamlet also generated 13 boards and eight assists. Senior Katelyn Loeks delivered six points and six boards and Asia LaGrow scored six with five rebounds.
Leroy Pine River 40
Cassie Nelson scored 16 points and Michelle Kelsey had 11 as Leroy Pine River beat Manton 40-23.
For Manton, Karrah Baker had six points and nine rebounds. Olivia Kunkel grabbed seven rebounds for the Rangers.
McBain NMC 64
Sophomore forward Sarah Pluger plugged the iron for a game-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as host Northern Michigan Christian beat Highland foe Evart 64-41.
Senior Emma Towers tallied nine while Kylie Lanser, Rachel Westmaas and Sydney Dick each scored six for the Comets (2-0, 1-0).
Dick also grabbed nine boards. Brittany Hoekwater and Emily Morgan each had five steals on a night when the Comets created 25 turnovers.