FROM STAFF REPORTS
TRAVERSE CITY — Gaylord held on for a 41-38 overtime win over Traverse City Central on Tuesday in Big North Conference boys basketball action.
The Blue Devils trailed early in overtime, but put together a late charge to take the lead and maintain it.
The Trojans (3-11) held Gaylord scoreless in the first quarter, but only managed four points. They trailed by six late in the fourth quarter, but tied the game and made a defensive stop late to seal overtime.
Ethan Pilarski had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for TC Central while Colin Lesoski had seven rebounds. Gaylord had 11 points from Tyler Frisch while Zach Pasternak had 10 points.
TC Central hosts Ogemaw Heights on Friday and Cadillac on Monday.
Gaylord won the JV game 57-45 and the freshman contest 35-25.
TC West 67 Alpena 64
Facing an eight-point halftime deficit, Alex Scott scored 11 points in the third quarter and senior Jeremiah Williams eight in the fourth as Traverse City West staged a 67-64 comeback win over Big North Conference foe Alpena.
"We had a little senior leadership come out in the second half and then everybody played a little better," Titans coach Brett Graham said.
Williams finished with 25 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Scott added 14 points and Nate Castor nine.
Kendrick Meyer added eight points, seven rebounds and two steals, Zach McGuire had five boards and four assists and Donny Cizek registered five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
The Titans (10-4) travel Friday to Petoskey for a battle for a top spot in the BNC. The Northmen, West and Cadillac each have two losses in a tie atop the standings.
Alpena won the JV game 57-38. Paul Soma had 10 points for the Titans (7-7, 4-5 BNC) while Deion Dyal added nine.
West won the freshman game 63-40 as Josh Roman scored 22 and Jared Roth and K.J. Fayer each had 10 for the 9-3 Titans.
Grayling 49 Elk Rapids 39
Jake Swander scored 24 points as Grayling stayed in the thick of the Lake Michigan Conference race with a 49-39 win over Elk Rapids.
"It was a typical Elk Rapids-Grayling game," Vikings coach Rich Moffit said. "Grind, grind, grind. It's always been that way."
Grayling (10-3, 7-1) led 26-20 at half and 35-24 after three quarters.
Sophomore Cole Walker paced the Elks (8-6, 5-4) with 17 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. The Elks committed 25 turnovers.
Elk Rapids hosts Charlevoix on Friday while Grayling plays at Kalkaska in a Friday game that starts at 6 p.m.
Charlevoix 80 Kalkaska 46
Sawyer Russell led a balanced attack with 16 points as Charlevoix posted an 80-46 Lake Michigan Conference win over Kalkaska.
Zach Hankins added 15 points and Charlie Hamilton 13 for the Rayders (9-2, 6-2). Caleb Gelinas netted 23 for the Blazers.
Northport 55 TCBAA 53
Northport picked up a 55-53 win over the TCBAA.
Bill Stowe led the Wildcats (6-7) with 29 points. Noah LaLonde had 13 points for the Bulldogs.
Fairview 57 Burt Lake NMCA 55
Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy slipped under .500 with a narrow 57-55 loss to Fairview.
Aaron Chatfield led the Eagles with 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Robert Taylor added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Jake Lovitt had 14 points.
Burt Lake is now 6-7.
Gaylord 58 TC Central 50
Mackenzie Edwards scored 22 points to go over the 1,000 career mark and lead Gaylord to a 58-50 Big North Conference victory over Traverse City Central.
Madison Hamilla and Elle Simmons added 10 points each from the Blue Devils (6-7, 3-4 BNC).
Jesse Hiemstra had 19 and Tyler Rawlings 14 for the Trojans (2-11, 2-6).
Central won the freshman game 53-15, while Gaylord claimed the JV contest 47-41 as Central's Kelsey Acton had 12 points.
Petoskey 47 Cheboygan 16
Petoskey won its 11th straight game with a 47-16 non-conference victory over Cheboygan.
Kelsey Ance led the Northmen (14-2) with 14 points while Alyssa VanWerden had 10 points. Petoskey is at TC West on Thursday.
Holly Socolovitch had six points for Cheboygan.
St. Francis 61 Boyne City 25
St. Francis bolted to an early 23-6 lead en route to a 61-25 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Boyne City.
Liza Erickson paced the Gladiators (12-2, 7-1) with 24 points. All nine St. Francis players scored. Bridget Bussell pulled down 10 rebounds. Rainy McCune netted nine points for Boyne City.
Boyne City won the JV game 35-26. Lauren McDonnell scored 10 points for the Gladiators.
Kalkaska 51 Charlevoix 39
Kalkaska rung up a 51-39 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Charlevoix.
Kelli Guy led the Blazers with 27 points, four assists and three steals, while Ellie Barber chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals and Taylor Birgy notched six points and five rebounds.
Kalkaska (10-3, 6-1 LMC) hosts Grayling on Friday.
Kelsey Engstrom had 10 points and Madeline Boss nine for the Rayders.
Kingsley 30 Glen Lake 29
Autumn Goggin hit the game-winning free throw with 4 seconds left to give Kingsley a 30-29 Northwest Conference win over Glen Lake.
The Stags (13-2, 9-0) now hold a two-game lead over the Lakers (11-4, 7-2) in the league standings.
Goggin finished with nine points while Kenzie Meeker had seven points. The lead changed hands several times in the final minute.
Scotlyn Brengman had 12 points, 10 steals, four rebounds and two blocks for Glen Lake while Jessica Lee had nine points and Jordan Peplinski had eight points and six rebounds.
Frankfort 39 Leland 37
Shayla Soto's only bucket of the game was a big one.
Soto knocked down a jumper from the left elbow with three seconds left to give Frankfort a 39-37 buzzer-beating win at Leland for the second straight year.
The contest was a close one throughout with the teams tied at 19 at halftime.
McKenna Kelly led Frankfort (9-7, 7-3 Northwest Conference) with 14 points, while Keelan Kelly added seven points and seven steals and Madison Stefanski had eight points and nine rebounds. The Huskies host Mesick on Thursday.
Libby Munoz scored 15 and Caitlin McKee eight for the Comets (5-10, 2-8), who travel Thursday to Glen Lake.
Benzie Central 58 Suttons Bay 26
Benzie Central opened a 23-2 first quarter lead en route to beating Suttons Bay 58-26 in a Northwest Conference contest.
Makayla Huddleston led the Huskies (9-6, 7-3) with 15 points and five assists. Jordan Nye chipped in 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Beedoskah Stonefish scored seven points for Suttons Bay. Delaney Kaufman grabbed 14 rebounds.
Benzie Central travels to Kingsley on Thursday.
Gaylord St. Mary 72 Mancelona 24
Gaylord St. Mary ran out to a 45-12 halftime victory en route to a 72-24 Ski Valley Conference in over Mancelona.
Kari Borowiak led all scorers with 22 points, Jada Bebble added 15 and Christina Smith 13 for the Snowbirds (15-2, 12-1 SVC), who host Bellaire on Thursday.
Vanessa Bachelor and Makenzie Willson scored 10 each for Mancelona, which is at Forest Area on Thursday.
Bellaire 53 Pellston 18
All 10 Bellaire players scored in a 53-18 Ski Valley win over Pellston.
Renee LaLone led the attack with 11 points and five rebounds. Katie Thornton added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Eagles (9-6, 7-6).
Kelly Lewis paced the Hornets with 11 points.
Johannesburg 69 Inland Lakes 49
Abby Schlicher's 17 points and five steals paced Johannesburg-Lewiston to a 69-49 Ski Valley win over Inland Lakes.
Maddy Showerman added 14 points, Brittany Cherwinski 13 and Hannah Huff 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (15-1, 12-1), who travel to Central Lake on Thursday.
Sandy Bischoff netted 20 for Inland Lakes.
Onaway 54 Forest Area 21
Onaway jumped out to an early 21-2 lead en route to a 54-21 Ski Valley Conference win over Forest Area.
Kallie Shimel led Onaway with 12 points, Mariah Ehrke scored nine and Megan Estep had six points and 12 rebounds.
The Cardinals (12-4, 9-4 SVC) head to Pellston on Thursday.
Emily Nicks and Danielle Johne paced Forest Area (1-11) with six points. The Warriors face Mancelona on Thursday.
Ellsworth 50 Vanderbilt 9
Taryn Rozema scored a game-high 16 points as Ellsworth posted a 50-9 Northern Lakes Conference win over Vanderbilt.
Kendra Warner added 11 points for the Lancers (7-6, 4-2 NLC), who travel Thursday to Mackinaw City.
Vanderbilt scored all nine of its points in the fourth quarter, led by Gina Loshaw's five.
TC Bulldogs AA 61 LL St. Mary 53
Casie Plamondon's 25 points and seven rebounds sparked the Traverse City Bulldogs to a 61-53 win over Lake Leellanau St. Mary.
Sarah Plamondon added 17 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Bulldogs (14-2). Molly Plamondon had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Rachael Thon recorded her second straight triple-double for St. Mary with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals. Hannah Weber chipped in 10 points for the Eagles (4-11).
Buckley 68 Mesick 42
Marlee Harris scored a team-high 20 points in Buckley's 68-42 Northwest Conference victory over Mesick.
Bailee Kuhn added 14 points and four assists for the Bears (6-8), while Montana Jayska had nine point, 10 steals and six assists and Ciera Cabanting chipped in nine points and seven rebounds.
Buckley hosts Suttons Bay on Thursday.
Beal City 52 McBain NMC 38
McBain Northern Michigan Christian rallied to pull within four points of visiting Beal City in the fourth quarter but the Aggies finished strong to post a 52-38 decision in Highland play.
Junior guard Brittany Hoekwater hit for 14 to lead the Comets (9-6, 5-5) while Adri Sigafoose struck for 11 and Sydney Dick for eight.
Jordan Schneider scored 26 for the Aggies and made a big difference down low with her height, reported NMC coach Casey Sigafoose.
McBain 61 Manton 42
McBain trailed visiting Manton 22-19 late in the second quarter before going on a 14-0 run to pull ahead en route to a 61-42 victory in Highland play. The Ramblers (8-5, 7-2) maintained a second-place tie with Beal City.
Rambler sophomore guard Meredith Hamlet hit for a career-high 32 points, dialing in from 3-point land three times, and grabbed 12 boards for a double-double. Fellow sophomore Keiana Westdorp tallied 10 while Maddie Barnette scored five with five steals and Kara Hughston scored four with six steals and six assists.
Senior guard Jurrica Stanley struck for 10 to lead the Rangers and sophomore Karrah Baker connected for six.
Glen Lake sweeps league titles
Glen Lake's ski teams wrapped up perfect Lake Michigan Ski Conference seasons Tuesday at Crystal Mountain.
The boys, led by double-winner Thomas Waning, finished with 38 points. Benzie Central was second with 75.
Waning won the slalom in 47.98. Pete Kirby-Miller was third (54.45), Evan Fink fourth (58.77) and Ian Hood fifth (58.97) for the Lakers.
Benzie's David Cunningham took second (49.63).
Waning captured the giant slalom in 36.53. Miller added a fifth (39.03). Cunningham was a close second (36.66). Bellaire's Ben Hicks came in third (36.79) and Onekama's Chris Buswinka fourth (38.22).
Glen Lake took the girls race with 40 points. Benzie placed second with 68.
Benzie's Morgan Papineau swept the two disciplines. She won the slalom in 59.30. Manistee's Syriah Dobis came in second (1:00.07) with Glen Lake's Kaitlin Gaudard (1:01.94), Amanda Lodge (1:03.28) and Madison Fink (1:03.71) taking the next three spots.
Papineau claimed the giant slalom in 39.19. Lodge was second (39.96), Benzie's Aria Grabowski third (40.32), Dobis fourth (40.39) and Gaudard fifth 40.41.
-- Compiled by Dennis Chase, James Cook and Mike Eckert