From staff reports
MAPLE CITY — Glen Lake’s back in the Northwest Conference title hunt.
Seniors Carter Lee and Logan LaCross combined for 45 points Wednesday night as the Lakers handed Suttons Bay its first league loss, 61-54.
The Norsemen dropped to 5-1 in the league, 7-2 overall. Glen Lake improved to 4-2 in the league, 6-4 overall.
“It was a must win,” Glen Lake coach Todd Hazelton said. “We needed this to stay in the league race. The kids did a great job.”
The Lakers led by 21, 50-29, after three quarters, then had to withstand a Norsemen comeback. Suttons Bay hit five 3-pointers in outscoring Glen Lake 25-11 in the fourth quarter. But it was not enough.
“We got a little rattled in the fourth quarter,” Hazelton said. “But we held our composure at the end.”
Logan Mikesell scored 24 points. He hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter. Aaron Orban added 14 for the Norsemen, who travel to Kingsley on Friday.
“We dug ourselves a huge hole and we couldn’t come all the way back,” Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson said. “We knew it was going to be tough going over there.”
Glen Lake travels to Buckley on Friday.
Benzie Central 36
Austin Fellows sank two free throws with 5.5 seconds to go to give Leland a come-from-behind 38-36 Northwest Confernce victory over Benzie Central.
Benzie had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but couldn’t connect on a three-point try.
Leland had to battle back from a tough start as the Comets trailed 9-0 after one period and 21-8 at the half.
Leland was still behind entering the fourth quarter, 31-21.
Tyler Leveque led Leland with 11 points. Benzie Central (4-5, 4-2 Northwest) was paced by Ismael Halaweh’s 16 points.
The Huskies host Frankfort on Friday.
Frankfort staked out a 32-9 halftime lead on the way to a 70-30 victory over Buckley.
All 10 Frankfort players scored, with David Loney’s 14 points leading the way. Brandon Schaub chipped in 12.
Luke Somsel had 11 for Buckley.
Frankfort (6-2, 4-1 Northwest) is at Benzie on Friday, then travels to Kingsley on Saturday for a makeup game.
Cadillac rallied for a 52-43 non-league win over Ludington.
The Vikings (7-2) trailed 23-17 at half.
Jalen Brooks scored 14 points and Justin Liptak 10 for Cadillac, which travels to Traverse City West tonight.
TC West 37
Senior Kimmy Bilinski scored a season-high 20 points as Traverse City West posted a 37-27 Big North Conference win over Petoskey.
The Titans (3-9, 3-3) led 20-12 at half.
The game marked the first time this season Titans coach Dave Ginsberg has had his two most experienced players — Bilinski and Kiley Kreple — in uniform together. Bilinski missed the first six games after suffering an injury in volleyball. Kreple played the first four games then missed the next seven with an ankle injury.
“It’s good to have them back,” Ginsberg said. “Kimmy had a terrific game (Wednesday). Maybe now we can get something going.”
Paris Wagner pulled down seven rebounds in Wednesday’s win for the Titans, who travel to Cadillac on Friday. Kati Lewis and Hannah Cook scored eight points apiece for Petoskey (1-10), which hosts Traverse City Central on Friday.
Petoskey won the JV game 27-20 and the freshmen game 37-14.
Glen Lake 44
Jordan Peplinski hit a line drive 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Glen Lake a 44-43 non-league win at Kalkaska — a win that was not officially decided until after regulation ended.
The scoreboard read 43-43, but the two scorekeepers had Glen Lake with 44 points. The officials conferred and then awarded the game to the Lakers.
“First time I’ve ever won a game after it was over,” Lakers coach Jason Bradford said.
“I thought we were going to overtime,” Kalkaska coach Dave Dalton said.
Peplinski finished with 11 points for the Lakers (6-5), who travel to Buckley tonight. McKenna Turrill added 10, Kelly Bunek eight and Jessica Lee seven.
Taylor Kibby led Kalkaska (8-3) with 18 points and two steals. Taylor Birgy finished with seven points, four steals and four assists.
The Blazers are at Charlevoix on Friday.