FROM STAFF REPORTS
---- — BOYNE CITY — It did not come easy, but coach Dave Dalton registered career win No. 300 Friday night as Kalkaska fought back from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Boyne City 51-42 in Lake Michigan Conference play.
"I've never been down 18 (in first half) and come back to win before," said Dalton, now in his 18th season.
Kelli Guy fueled the comeback, scoring 24 of her game-high 31 points in the second half. She hit 11 of 14 shots from the field in the final 16 minutes. She also finished with seven steals, six rebounds and four assists.
Halee Boughton's 11 points led Boyne City.
Petoskey 41 Cadillac 40
Petoskey pulled into a virtual three-way tie atop the Big North Conference with a 41-40 league win over Cadillac on Kelsey Ance's buzzer-beating layup.
Ance ended up with nine points and 11 rebounds, and Megan Tompkins had nine points and 10 boards.
Abby Fuller led Cadillac (5-1 BNC) with 14 points.
Kingsley 49 Frankfort 28
Autumn Goggin led a balanced attack with 17 points as Kingsley remained unbeaten in the Northwest Conference with a 49-28 win over Frankfort.
Andrea Lee chipped in 14 points, five rebounds and Katie Travis 10 points for Kingsley (11-2, 7-0).
McKenna Kelly paced Frankfort with seven points.
Glen Lake 46 Benzie Central 31
Scotlyn Brengman's 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer gave Glen Lake its first lead — and the Lakers never looked back.
Glen Lake went on to a 46-31 Northwest Conference victory over Benzie Central, coming back from a 10-4 first-quarter deficit to lead 20-19 at intermission and surged into a 32-23 lead by the end of the third stanza.
Brengman filled up the stat sheet with 16 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and four steals.
Katie Stowe added 15 points and four boards and Jordan Peplinski came off the bench to chip in six points and four rebounds.
Mariah Hanson scored 12 and Jordan Nye 10 to lead Benzie.
Mesick 35 Suttons Bay 30
Mesick notched its first victory of the season with a 35-30 Northwest Conference win over Suttons Bay.
Ashley Black and Abby Trowbridge led the Bulldogs. Black had 12 points and six rebounds and Trowbridge notched 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Beedoskah Stonefish led Suttons Bay with 10 points.
Buckley 49 Leland 39
Bailee Kuhn and Marlee Harris combined for 34 points as Buckley rallied to beat Leland 49-39 in Northwest Conference play.
Kuhn finished with 18 points and six rebounds, Harris 16 points, three steals and two rebounds. The Bears (4-7, 3-3) trailed 25-19 at half and 33-30 after three quarters.
Libby Munoz topped Leland (5-8, 2-7) with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Caitlin McKee added 11 points.
Elk Rapids 49 Harbor Springs 36
A double-double from Rachel Hintz led Elk Rapids to a 49-36 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Harbor Springs.
Hintz logged 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Paige Granger scored 10, Brittany Trout nine and Michelle Costa eight.
Katie Barkley led the Rams with nine points and Maddy Savard had eight.
Pine River 46 McBain 31
McBain struggled to get any penetration to the bucket against visiting Pine River and fell short to the Buck 46-31 in a Highland battle with first place on the line.
The Ramblers (6-5, 5-2) could have forged a virtual first-place tie with a win but lost for the second time to the Bucks (12-1, 8-0), who remained unbeaten in league play.
Senior guard Jamie Justin tallied 17 and sophomore Kassy Nelson rang up 15, including two treys, to lead Pine River.
Sophomore Meredith Hamlet hit for eight to lead the Ramblers and Maddie Barnette scored seven.
McBain NMC 43 Marion 36
McBain Northern Michigan Christian rallied from a 10-5 first-quarter deficit to finally overtake host Marion in the third quarter and post a 43-36 victory for its fifth win in a row.
Freshman forward Sarah Pluger paced the Comets (9-4, 5-3) with 12 points, going 6-for-7 from the line, and she also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Manton 44 Lake City 29
Jurrica Stanley's 13 points and eight rebounds paced Manton to a 44-29 Highland Conference win over Lake City.
Brittany Bauer contributed 11 for the Rangers (5-9, 3-5).
Bellaire 54 Mancelona 40
Bellaire jumped out to a 28-14 lead at half Friday en route to a 54-40 win over Mancelona in a battle of Ski Valley Conference unbeatens.
The Eagles improved to 8-0, 6-0 in the league.
Denny Hall paced the Eagles with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Drew Bailey added 14 points and three rebounds, Tyler Thornton 12 points and Mitch Teetzel nine points.
Three players accounted for all 40 points for Mancelona (7-3, 7-1) — Brandon Dingman 17, Brandon Scott 12 and Wyatt Derrer 11.
TC West 68 Ogemaw Heights 46
Traverse City West joined Petoskey atop the Big North Conference after a 68-46 win over Ogemaw Heights.
Cadillac handed Petoskey its first loss Friday, 47-46.
The Titans placed four players in double figures — Kendrick Meyer 14 points, Donny Cizek 13, Jeremiah Williams 12 and Alex Scott 11.
Meyer added five rebounds, Williams four rebounds and four assists and Cizek four rebounds and three assists. The Titans (8-3) led 29-18 at the break.
Alec Stevens netted 13 for Ogemaw Heights.
Deion Dial scored 13 points to lead West in a 54-13 rout. Jeff Turnquist added 10 and Grant Ellison and Thiyo Lukusa each had six.
West won the freshman game 82-32 as Josh Roman knocked down 17 points and K.J. Sayer 12.
Alpena 51 TC Central 39
After Traverse City Central fought back to tie the game at 32, Alpena pulled away for a 51-39 Big North Conference win.
The Wildcats responded by scoring the final six points of the third quarter for a 38-32 lead.
Luke Cordes finished with 19 points and Cam Fitzek 11 for the Wildcats.
Ethan Pilarski's 12 points and nine rebounds topped Central (2-9, 2-3).
Central won the JV game 44-43 on Dave Brott's 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Jackson Schrameyer had 12 points for the Trojans.
Central's freshmen posted a 48-40 win as Mason Houston netted 15.
Elk Rapids 61 Harbor Springs 58
Elk Rapids led by 12 entering the fourth quarter, then held on for a 61-58 Lake Michigan Conference win at Harbor Springs.
Austin McMullen's 20 points topped the Elks (7-4, 4-2) while Adam Trautman contributed 15 and Jesse Starr 10.
Spencer Kloss netted 22 for Harbor Springs.
Grayling 66 East Jordan 49
Grayling's defense stifled East Jordan in the fourth quarter in a 66-49 Lake Michigan Conference victory.
The Vikings led by five at the end of the third quarter, but outscored the Red Devils 13-1 in the final stanza.
Tyler McClanahan led Grayling with 23 points, while Justice Junttila added 12 and Jake Swander 10.
Joel Manville had 16 points and 11 rebounds for East Jordan (3-6), and Jordan Weber scored 18.
Forest Area 54 Gaylord SM 45
Forest Area, playing its only Friday night home game of the season, rallied to beat Gaylord St. Mary 54-45 in Ski Valley action.
The Warriors (7-2) trailed 23-18 at half.
Justin Burke's 19 points and seven rebounds powered Forest Area, which outscored the Snowbirds 18-9 in the third quarter. Chris Birgy added 13 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Birgy posted a team-high 10 rebounds.
Charles Strehl netted 19 for St. Mary.
Manistee Catholic 60 Pentwater 55
Alex Bialik powered Manistee Catholic Central to a 60-55 Western Michigan D League victory over Pentwater.
Manistee CC (8-3, 7-1 WMD) reeled off a 26-8 run in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.
The junior point guard put up 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Zack Bialik added 14 points and Andrew Perry had 13 points.
TC Central 8 Petoskey 0
Traverse City Central locked up its second straight Big North Conference championship with an 8-0 victory over Petoskey.
It's the Trojans' seventh BNC hockey crown overall.
Cam Givens notched his second hat trick of the season and had five points altogether.
Central's other goals came from Buddy Rose, Cooper Macdonell (two), Reily deTar and Nico Saco.
Macdonell had four assists to give him six points on the night.
Other assists went to Saco (two), Rhys Adle (two), Joe Videcki, Cooper Marshall, Jon Russell and Brady Brantley.
Bill Vermetten played the first two periods and had eight saves for Central (16-2, 8-0 BNC), while Michael Wittersheim had two stops in the third before the Trojans' eighth goal ended the contest with 11:22 remaining.
Michael Whittaker and Brianna Merriam split time in goal for Petoskey.
TC West 5 Gaylord 2
John Linenger scored Traverse City West's first hat trick of the season to lead the Titans to a 5-2 Big North Conference victory over Gaylord.
West struck four times in the second period — including three times on the power play.
Linenger struck off a Nick Schultz assist to start the scoring 2:16 into the second. Max Jenner added another off Dan Henderson and Collin Peters helpers and then Luke Piotrowski and Linenger closed out the second stanza with goals set up by Keeler Steeler, Schultz, Peters and Jake Saxton.
Blake Miller and Anthony Tomaski had Gaylord's goals.
Brendan Lacharite made 20 saves for West
Glen Lake girls win Grayling Invitational
Glen Lake put four skiers in the top 13 in giant slalom to edge Elk Rapids-St. Francis for the title in the Grayling Invitational.
The Lakers finished with 91 points. Elk Rapids-St. Francis 94.
For Glen Lake, Dani Merwin was fourth (52.58), Amanda Lodge eighth (53.78), Emma Velis ninth (53.92) and Katie Pershinske 13th (54.66) in the GS. Elk Rapids-St. Francis swept the top two spots with Carlee McCardel (49.35) and Sara Trilla (50.64). Traverse City Central Black's Aleska Szunko came in fifth (53.07).
In the slalom, Charlevoix-East Jordan's Casey Keane was the overall winner (1:05.72). McCardel was a close second (1:05.90). McCardel's teammate Krissi Dressler was fourth (1:07.68). Benzie Central's Morgan Papineau finished fifth (1:07.98) and Central's Katy Zimmerman seventh (1:09.26).
Clare won the boys event, topping the Central Black 65-95.
In the slalom, Benzie's David Cunningham placed first (57.15). He was followed by Bellaire's Ben Hicks (58.31). Glen Lake's Thomas Waning came in fourth (59.23), Charlevoix-East Jordan's Brandon Cardwell sixth (1:00.91), Central's Tyler Sepanik seventh (1:03.25) and Elk Rapids-St. Francis' Nick Cunningham and Sean Wells eighth and ninth (1:03.94 and 1:04.40).
Hicks won the GS (48.84). Waning finished second (49.14), Cunningham third (49.44) and Sepanik fourth (50.55).
— Compiled by Dennis Chase, James Cook and Mike Dunn