Traverse City West held Gaylord 26 points below their season average for scoring and handed the Blue Devils their first conference loss of the girls basketball season in a 37-21 win on Friday at West High School.
The Titans (7-11, 7-4 Big North) trailed 7-6 after one period, but limited Gaylord to 14 points the rest of the way, including two in the final period. The loss, coupled with Cadillac’s win over Alpena, dropped Gaylord out of first in the Big North. Cadillac is a half-game ahead of the Blue Devils.
Kiley Kreple had 14 points and six rebounds and Paris Wagner had eight points and 11 rebounds for West, which hosts TC Central on Thursday.
Gaylord (12-5, 9-1) was paced by Brandi Wagner with eight points.
Gaylord won the junior varsity game 35-24 with Sara Sievers scoring 11 points for West.
Gaylord also took the freshman game, 47-17.
TC St. Francis 53
Elk Rapids 23
Traverse City St. Francis held Elk Rapids to five first-half points in rolling to a 53-23 victory over the short-handed Elks.
Elk Rapids was playing without key starter Rachel Hintz.
St. Francis (16-2, 12-0 Lake Michigan) held a 15-2 lead after one period and 23-3 at the half.
Sarah Carney led the Gladiators with 18 points, Juliana Phillips had 10 points and seven boards, and Lydia Arthur added seven points and six steals.
Paige Granger led Elk Rapids with eight points.
St. Francis is at Charlevoix on Tuesday.
TC Central 34
Traverse City Central played evenly with Manistee over the final three quarters, but the first quarter doomed the Trojans in a 49-34 loss.
Manistee outscored the Trojans 17-4 in the opening period.
Abby Underwood scored 12 points on Senior Night to lead Central (4-13). Emily Kott had 13 points and Annie Fuller added 11 for Manistee (17-0).
Central won the junior varsity game 42-24.
Emily Jenkins had nine points and Korean exchange student Michelle Chun scored two.
Central faces Sault Ste. Marie on Monday.
East Jordan 48
East Jordan outscored Kalkaska 18-8 in the fourth quarter — including going 9-for-10 at the free throw line — as the Red Devils upended Kalkaska 48-39.
Kalkaska (11-5, 7-4 Lake Michigan) led almost the entire night. The Blazers were ahead 26-19 at the half and 31-30 entering the final period.
Paige Poindexter led East Jordan with 15 points and was 6-for-6 in the final quarter at the stripe. Lindsay Schroeder added 12 and Tori Goodrich had 11 for East Jordan.
Kalkaska, which shot under 20 percent for the game, was led by Taylor Kibbe’s 12 points. Micah Lajewski had 10 points and five steals, while Alexis Hayden had four points and a team-best five rebounds.
Kalkaska is at Boyne City on Tuesday.
Ogemaw Heights 45
Kati Lewis scored 20 points, but Ogemaw Heights came away with a 45-40 win over Petoskey.
Kelsey Killinger led Ogemaw with 11 points.
Petoskey, which hosts Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, dropped to 1-16, 1-9 in the Big North.
Charlevoix had big contributions from five different players in a 58-43 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Grayling.
Gabby Gray put up 14 points and eight steals, Madeline Boss chipped in 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists, Courtnye Putman had 10 points and five rebounds, Chelsea Ingstrom contributed eight points and Alexis Tribfelner added six points, four assists and four steals.
Sammy Denno led Grayling with 10 points.
The Rayders (10-7, 7-4 LMC) travel Monday to Boyne City.
GT Academy 46
Onekama staked out a 32-23 lead at halftime and went on to defeat Grand Traverse Academy 61-46.
Haily Cotts had 16 points and Caitlin Zielenski added 13 for Onekama.
For Grand Traverse Academy (2-9), Dakota Morgan had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Hannah Sivek had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Mustangs face Northport on Tuesday in the Cherryland Conference Tournament at Lake Leelanau St. Mary.
Mariah Kalchik’s 14 points led Northport to a 40-25 victory over Baldwin.
Autumn Huck added 13 points for the Wildcats (7-9), who play next in the inaugural Cherryland Conference tournament against Grand Traverse Academy at Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The tourney hosts play Traverse City Christian in the second contest.
Makayla George led Baldwin with 16 points.
TC West 72
Traverse City West stormed out to a 42-20 halftime lead and never looked back in a 72-48 win over Gaylord.
Stephen Sheppard had 18 points and three assists to lead the Titans (6-9, 5-3 Big North). Johnny Wheelock had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. K.J. Sayre contributed 10 points and six rebounds.
Collin Watters had 16 points and Steven Fitzek 15 for the Blue Devils.
West hosts Alpena on Monday.
The West junior varsity ran its record to 13-2 with a 71-49 victory.
Josh Roman had 24 points and Sam Fyfe 13 for the Titans.
Suttons Bay 54
Suttons Bay withstood a charge by Frankfort to earn a 54-49 Northwest Conference victory to remain one game up on the Panthers and Glen Lake in the standings.
“It’s a really big win,” Norsemen coach Ron Anderson said. “Going into the last few games, we have three league games left — and two in-county rivals. It’s going to be tough.”
The Norse (14-3, 8-2 NWC) host Leland on Wednesday and also have games left at Mesick and home with Glen Lake to finish off the regular season.
Logan Mikesell led Suttons Bay with 20 points, while Aaron Orban had 10 points and 21 rebounds and Casey Cross pitched in 10 points.
David Loney had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead Frankfort (10-5, 7-3 NWC), who hosts Leland on Monday. Brandon Schaub added 13 points.
Glen Lake 72
Glen Lake had four players reach double figures as the Lakers defeated Mesick 72-60.
Travis Wiltjer led the Glen Lake cause with 16 points, followed by 12 each from Logan Lacross and Travis Moore and 10 from Jarred Ritter.
Mesick was led by Jordan Calhoun’s 20 points. Billy Bardocz added 12 for the Bulldogs.
Glen Lake (11-5, 8-3 Northwest) is at Frankfort on Wednesday.
Benzie Central 81
Javier Rodriquez scored 29 points for Benzie Central and tied the school record with seven three-pointers as the Huskies defeated Buckley 81-69.
Luke Somsel led Buckley, which hosts Kingsley on Wednesday, with 16 points.
Elk Rapids 61
TC St. Francis 49
Elk Rapids topped Traverse City St. Francis 61-49 at home to set up a big game Monday with East Jordan with second place in the Lake Michigan Conference on the line.
The Elks (13-3, 9-2 LMC) received a 25-point night from Shae Somers, while Cole Walker added 16 points and eight rebounds, Adam Trautman grabbed 10 rebounds and Martin Raymond had nine points. Somers added six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Byron Bullough led the Gladiators (5-10, 3-7 LMC) with 23 points and five steals and Tanner Kenny had 12 points. The Glads
Charlevoix outscored Grayling 34-26 in the second half as the Red Rayders came up with a 65-60 victory.
Nick Plude scored 15 points, Austin Putman 14 and Nate Moon 11 for Charlevoix (6-10, 5-6 Lake Michigan). Tyler McClanahan led Grayling with 17 points, Scout Tobin had 11 and Matt Burrell had 11.
Charlevoix is at Boyne City on Monday.
TC Bulldogs 61
GT Academy 38
The Traverse City Bulldogs notched a 61-38 win over Grand Traverse Academy.
Jon Evans led TC with 17 points and Jonathan Mulder added 11.
Dan Lock scored 16 for Academy, which travels Monday to Traverse City Christian for the inaugural Cherryland Conference tournament’s second game of a doubleheader.
Forest Area 38
Bellaire used a large free-throw differential to post a 50-38 Ski Valley Conference win over Forest Area.
The Eagles shot 26 times from the charity stripe, compared to only four for the Warriors.
Denny Hall paced Bellaire with 16 points and five rebounds. The Eagles (16-0, 12-0 SVC) travel to Pellston on Wednesday.
Forest Area (8-6, 6-5 SVC) was led by Justin Burke (12 points, nine rebounds) and Austin Vance (11 points, eight rebounds). The Warriors host Pellston on Monday.
Inland Lakes 43
Onaway turned a two-point lead into a 16-point win in a hurry.
Dealing with foul troubles, the Cardinals led just 34-32 going into the final, but erupted for 25 points over the final eight minutes.
“We really picked it up in the fourth quarter,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. “We didn’t worry about the fouls and really got aggressive.”
Joe O’Bradovich — one of the players with foul woes — led the Cardinals with 16 points. Chris Cleaver added 12 points and five steals and Carlos Bautista registered nine points and 17 rebounds. Onaway (12-4, 9-3 SVC) travels Wednesday to Forest Area.
Todd Athey led Inland Lakes (2-12, 2-10 SVC) with 11 points.
Gaylord St. Mary 51
Charles Strehl poured in 23 points to lead Gaylord St. Mary to a 51-37 victory over Pellston.
Jack Lochinski added 10 points for the Snowbirds (6-8, 4-6 Ski Valley). Tanner Keller led Pellston with 11 points.
The Snowbirds are at Joburg on Monday.
Lake Leelanau SM 19
Jarrett Sovereign had 13 points and Jon Eno 11 to lead Onekama to a 40-19 victory over Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s.
Christian Holmes had nine to pace the Eagles, who play Northport at Traverse City Christian Monday at 6 p.m. in the inaugural Cherryland Conference tournament.
Bear Lake 99
B.R. Crossroads 72
Bear Lake’s entire starting five was in double figures as the Lakers’ offense was on fire in a 99-72 victory over Big Rapids Crossroads.
Riley Merrill led the way for Bear Lake with 26 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Also for Bear Lake, Shane Peterson added 23 points and six assists, Tyler Johnson had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, Cody Brown had 14 points, 10 assists and seven steals and Bryson Waller had 11 points and seven boards.
The Lakers (11-2, 10-1 West Michigan D) led 28-7 after one period and 51-40 at the half, extending that to 80-57 after three periods.
Bear Lake is at Manistee Catholic Central today.
— Compiled by James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski