Clare's Alex Stark and Olivia Cooper defend a drive to the basket by Sacred Heart's Sara Hansen during a non-conference game at Clare High School Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Clare won 47-38. (Photo by Skip Traynor)
Prep Notebook: Sacred Heart, Carson City-Crystal on collision course
Top five boys’ games for the week of Jan. 20
Midland Bullock Creek (4-3) at Shepherd (3-5), Tuesday (7:30 p.m.)
– This is an intriguing matchup, especially considering the fact that the Bluejays bested the Lancers a year ago to claim a Tri-Valley Conference Central title. Shepherd appears to be the team on the rise after handing Freeland a 14-point loss this week, while Bullock Creek is coming off a 73-49 defeat at Alma.
Pewamo-Westphalia (6-1) at Fulton (6-1), Wednesday (7:30 p.m.)
– Fulton has won four in a row in Central Michigan Athletic Conference play since falling to Laingsburg back on Dec. 19. P-W is currently tied atop the standings with Laingsburg at 4-0, so this game has all the makings of being the best game of the night in the CMAC.
Sacred Heart (6-1) at Carson City-Crystal (5-2), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
– The outcome of the two-game series between these two schools should determine the winner of the Mid-State Activities Conference. Neither team has truly been tested yet in league play, and both schools are riding streaks as the Eagles have won five of their last six and the Irish six in a row.
Midland (5-2) at Mt. Pleasant (6-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
– The Oilers won the first battle back on Dec. 13 (59-56) by outscoring the Chemics 23-16 in the fourth quarter. Mt. Pleasant will enter the matchup with just the one Saginaw Valley League loss, while Midland could enter with possibly three conference losses depending on the outcome of its game with Saginaw on Tuesday.
Beal City (5-2) at Sacred Heart (6-1), Saturday (6 p.m.)
– After more than a month of postponements, the “Backyard Brawl” will finally take place. The Aggies have won four in a row since getting Tucker Gross, Kurt Gross and Chase Rollin back from injury two weeks ago, while the Irish have won six in a row since falling in their season opener to the International Academy of Flint. This one could be dictated by SHA’s Brooks Hyble and Kevin Gamble in the post.
Top five girls’ games for the week of Jan. 20
Pewamo-Westphalia (9-0) at Fulton (6-4), Tuesday (7:30 p.m.)
– The Pirates ended a three-game skid with a 15-point win over Dansville on Jan. 17 to stay alive in the CMAC title race. Fulton will need to have its best game of the season when it goes up against an undefeated and ranked P-W squad.
Ithaca (2-8) at Breckenridge (7-3), Tuesday (6 p.m.)
– Breckenridge is having one of its best seasons ever under head coach Lacie Shelley, while Ithaca has been struggling in conference play with just two wins. A win here and the Huskies continue their hold on second place in the Tri-Valley Conference West.
Gladwin (10-2) at Clare (9-1), Tuesday (7:30 p.m.)
– Gladwin’s only conference loss was to Clare (60-42) back on Dec. 6. Since then, Gladwin has won nine of its last 10 games, but will need its best effort of the season to upset Clare. Lindsay Winter and Corinne Wezensky have the Pioneers rolling.
Carson City-Crystal (8-1) at Sacred Heart (8-3), Thursday (7:30 p.m.)
– A win here and the Irish will have all but locked up another MSAC crown. SHA collected a 34-23 win at Carson City-Crystal back on Dec. 6, but the Eagles have won seven in a row by an average of 28 points. Both teams split the season series a year ago to share the conference, something Carson City-Crystal is eyeing to do again.
Michigan Lutheran Seminary (6-4) at St. Louis (9-1), Thursday (7:30 p.m.)
– The No. 9-ranked Sharks will look to keep their undefeated conference season alive with a win over MLS. St. Louis held off a late MLS rally back on Dec. 12 (49-44) for its closest win of the season in the first meeting between the two. Since that point, the Sharks have dominated their conference foes.
The best games from the week of Jan. 13
Sacred Heart 45, Montabella 44 OT, (Jan. 17)
– Despite leading 23-8 at halftime, the Irish were outscored 32-17 in the second half as the game was sent into overtime tied at 40-40.
Montabella had an opportunity to secure the win with three seconds remaining in overtime, but Taylor Smith missed a pair of free throws at the charity stripe.
Chippewa Hills 58, Morley-Stanwood 56, (Jan. 13)
– Tied at 52-52 with 3:06 remaining, Olivia Wolfe drained a 3-pointer to break the tie for good as Chippewa Hills upset No. 9-ranked Morley-Stanwood. The Warriors had at one time carried a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and were led by Kendall Boone with 18 points and Hannah Guy with 15.
Clare 47, Sacred Heart 38, (Jan. 14)
– The host Pioneers led after every quarter in this contest as senior Corinne Wezensky tallied a game-high 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead Clare. Despite trailing by 14 entering the fourth, the Irish managed to cut the lead to six with 2:30 remaining before ultimately succumbing. SHA senior Sara Hansen scored her 1,000th career point with a layup in the second quarter.
Saginaw 44, Mt. Pleasant 38, (Jan. 14) – The Oilers fell for the first time in SVL play, despite holding a sizeable lead throughout at Saginaw. Jaleel Hogan led Mt. Pleasant in scoring with 15 points.
Farwell 54, Vestaburg 52, (Jan. 14) – Despite 26 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks from DeWayne McKinney, Vestaburg fell at home Tuesday by a bucket to Farwell. Walter Mosby had 20 points, five boards, three steals and three assists for the Eagles.
Sara Hansen, Sr. Sacred Heart – One of the best female prep athletes in the area, Hansen scored her 1,000th career point in a loss to Clare on Jan. 14. The senior is just the third player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 point mark.
Matt Yeagley, Sr. Mt. Pleasant
– Yeagley earned his 100th career win on Jan. 15 as the Mt. Pleasant wrestling team swept a double-dual meet with Flint Northwestern and Flushing.
Brianna Zimmer, Jr. Mt. Pleasant
– The junior won the won the slalom and giant slalom on Jan. 16 against Clare.
Taylor Smith, Sr. Montabella
– Smith had a stellar night for the Mustangs on Jan. 15 with a 28-point effort, including an 8-of-11 effort from 3-point range, in a 53-18 win over Vestaburg. The junior also dished out 10 assists.
Meggan Andrews, Jr. Ashley
– Andrews scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter of a 43-37 win over Bay City All Saints on Jan. 13. The junior also corralled 20 rebounds as Ashley captured its first win of the season.
Robert Backus, Sr. Mt. Pleasant
– Backus paced the Oilers with a hat trick in a 6-1 win over Flushing on Jan. 17.
Keegan Giles, Sr. Breckenridge
– The senior went for a game-high 34 points in a 75-58 non-conference win over Ashley on Jan. 13.
DeWayne McKinney, Sr. Vestaburg
– Despite his team suffering the loss, McKinney recorded 26 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks in Vestaburg’s loss to Farwell on Jan. 14.
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