Glen Lake never trailed and held on in the final seconds to pull out a tight 42-40 girls basketball victory over Kingsley in a Northwest Conference matchup on Wednesday.
The Stags (3-2, 1-1 Northwest) managed to tie the contest with two minutes to play and had a chance to tie it again with four seconds left, but couldn’t convert at the foul line.
Jessica Lee had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Glen Lake (3-3, 2-0) and Jordan Peplinski added 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Kingsley’s Autumn Goggin led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Frankfort outscored Leland 21-2 in the second quarter to down the Comets 66-28.
McKenna Kelly scored 20 points, Madison Stefanski had 12 points and Shayla Soto added eight points, seven rebounds and six steals for the Panthers (5-0).
Libby Munoz had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Leland (4-2).
LL St. Mary 58
GT Academy 35
Lake Leelanau St. Mary won its Cherryland Conference opener after topping Grand Traverse Academy 58-35.
Rachael Schaub led the Eagles (2-3) with 20 points and 12 boards. Christina Amalfitano added 10 points, Abbie Thon had nine points and Mary Rexroat chipped in with eight points.
Tori Corwin led Grand Traverse Academy with 12 points.
TC St. Francis 65
The St. Francis inside freshman combination of Juliana Phillips and Sarah Carney contributed big offensively as St. Francis routed Grayling 65-38.
Phillips had 20 points and Carney added 16 points to lead the Gladiators (5-1, 2-0 Lake Michigan). Rachel Money and Mikayla Cragg each had nine points for the Vikings.
Hailey Eames scored 11 points and Emma Presser had 10 as Grayling edged St. Francis in the junior varsity game, 37-36, in overtime.
Leading St. Francis (3-3) was Colleen LaBonte with 17 points and Abby Brodeur with eight points.
St. Francis travels to Harbor Springs on Friday.
Suttons Bay 57
Benzie Central 50
Suttons Bay picked up its first Northwest Conference victory of the year, beating Benzie Central 57-50.
Andrea Emery had 12 points, nine boards and five steals for Suttons Bay (2-3, 1-1 Northwest). Rae Rae Anderson had eight points and Delaney Kaufman chipped in five points and 11 rebounds for the Norse.
For Benzie, Makayla Huddleston had 19 points and Mariah Hanson had 10 points.
Gaylord St. Mary 65
Gaylord St. Mary built a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter on the way to taking a 65-49 win from Johannesburg-Lewiston.
Kari Borowiak scored 25 points for the Snowbirds (4-0, 2-0 Ski Valley) and Bekah Myler had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Leading Joburg was Madison Showerman with 13 points.
St. Mary is at Pellston on Friday.
Inland Lakes 17
Bellaire proved to be too much for Inland Lakes as the Eagles rolled to a 51-17 victory.
Leighton Koepke had 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals for Bellaire (3-1, 2-0 Ski Valley). Madalyn Balon added seven points, nine steals and five assists, while Sam Niepoth had eight points.
The Eagles host Forest Area on Friday.
Central Lake 44
In the first Maris Strong game to honor former Central Lake athlete Maris Spaulding, Central Lake held on for a 44-43 victory over Onaway.
Spaulding died just over a year ago after a battle with leukemia.
Central Lake held a four-point edge when Haley Beardon drained a big bucket with 41 seconds left. Onaway responded with a three-pointer to slice the difference to one, but Central Lake held on from there.
Haley Patton scored 11 points to lead Central Lake (3-2). Onaway’s Erika Price led all scorers with 17 points for the Cardinals (1-4).
Petoskey struggled offensively, shooting eight percent from the field in losing to Cheboygan 38-16.
After a first half where both teams had trouble finding the basket — the Chiefs led 13-8 at the break — Cheboygan shut the Northmen out int the third period and cruised from there.
Brooke Hancock led Cheboygan with 15 points. For Petoskey (1-3), Lily Kingma had six points.
Emily Nixon scored 23 points to lead Mancelona to a 56-37 victory over Pellston in its Ski Valley Conference opener.
Eileene Naniseni added 12 points in the win. Kelly Lewis led Pellston with 17 points.
Mancelona (2-1, 1-0 Ski Valley) is at Central Lake on Friday.
TC Central splits two matches
Traverse City Central beat Kalkaska 54-24 and lost to St. Francis 48-27 in a double dual.
Dan Steele won a pair of matches for the Trojans, including one by pin, at 189 pounds. Also winning two matches were Drake Wabels (145) and Bobby Schweitzer (152).
Central is off until Dec. 29 when it wrestles in the Traverse City West Invitational.
Forest Area splits tri with Benzie, Mancelona
Landon Elliott, Matt Elliott, Tyler Leffingwell, Brandon Ames and Deon Burke each went 2-0 for Forest Area in a tri-meet against Benzie Central and Mancelona.
The Warriors split the two matches, beating Mancelona 30-24 and losing to Benzie 33-28. Benzie Central topped Mancelona 46-24 to finish the day unbeaten.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski