It wasn’t the best of starts for Traverse City West in Thursday’s girls basketball season opener against Grand Haven, but the Titans played the Buccaneers even the rest of the way in a 43-31 loss.
West trailed 16-4 after the first quarter, but were solid the rest of the game against the two-time defending Class A state champions.
“In the second half we played pretty well,” said West head coach Dave Ginsberg. “We dug in. It was a good first game for us to get ready for this season.”
Kiley Kreple led the Titans with 18 points. For Grand Haven, Taylor Craymer had 12 and Amanda Merz 10.
Grand Haven also took the junior varsity game, 48-23.
MacKenna Mattson and Abby Moyes each had six for West.
The Titans are at Rockford on Tuesday.
Forest Area 17
Mesick picked up its first girls basketball win of the season behind its stifling defense, which clamped down on Forest Area in a 46-17 victory.
Abby Trowbridge led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 12 points and eight boards. Jenee Stoor added nine points. Forest Area was led by Onna Hulwick’s seven points.
Mesick faces Grayling tonight in Kalkaska.
Playing its third game of the opening week of the season, Manistee made it a perfect 3-for-3 after defeating Manton 39-20.
Mackenzie Thompson led a balanced Manistee attack with eight points. Jessica Gustad had seven points and eight rebounds, while Annie Fuller chipped in with six points.
Sarah Baker had 11 points to lead Manton (1-1).
The Chippewas travel to Muskegon Heights on Tuesday. Manton faces Pine River in its next contest.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski