Seven Muskegon-area women’s basketball teams take home district crowns

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MUSKEGON – Seven Muskegon-area women’s basketball teams hoisted district championship gear Friday night and qualified for next week’s regional tournament.

Below are the final results of Friday night’s match as well as the next opponent for each team that survived and qualified for the next round of the tournament.


Mona Shores sophomore Khaleeya Cook (3) shoots a free kick after being fouled during the fourth quarter of a Division 1 women’s basketball district semifinal game between Grand Haven and Mona Shores at Reeths-Puffer High School in Muskegon on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 The Mona Shores Sailors defeated the Grand Haven Buccaneers 46-39 and will face the Reeths-Puffer Rockets on Friday, March 4, 2022. (Daniel Shular | Sular |

Mona Shores 70, Reeths-Puffer 56

The Sailors took a 22-10 lead in the first quarter and continued to stay hot on the pitch the rest of the game, as they extended their lead to 37-23 at halftime. The Rockets cut the deficit to 51-42 in the fourth quarter, but Mona Shores closed the door with a 19-point effort in the streak to secure their second straight district championship.

Khaleeya Cook finished with 18 points to lead Mona Shores, while Jenna Tierman added 16 points, Ali Phillips and Lily Miller each added 12 points, Olivia Sobczak had seven points and Mia Brown had five points.

Arrionna Williams finished with 17 points to lead Reeths-Puffer, while Megan Barnes and Brooklynn Tornes each added 11 points and Sophia Hekkema had 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Mona Shores (19-3) advances to face Rockford (20-2) in the Division 1 Regional Semifinals on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Byron Center High School.


Ludington 44, Grand Rapids 36

* Ludington (17-5) advances to face Standish-Sterling (17-5) in the Division 2 Regional Final on March 8 at 7 p.m. at Gaylord High School.

Spring Lake 44, Montague 32

The Lakers held a narrow 18-17 halftime lead before senior Jennifer Judge came on in the second half to score 14 points and help Spring Lake fend off the top-seeded Wildcats and claim their second championship. district in three seasons.

Judge finished with 16 points, including seven points in each of the third and fourth quarters, to beat Spring Lake, while Meah Bajt added 12 points and six rebounds and Alexa Carter had eight points.

Claire Meacham finished with 11 points and nine rebounds to lead Montague, while Kendall Osborne added eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals and Emma Peterson had three points and two rebounds.

“Congratulations to Spring Lake on winning the district championship,” said Montague head coach Nick Thaler. “They played well in the second half. We had too many turnovers which earned them points. They converted 21 points from our 24 turnovers. It was hard to overcome. We had a really great season in finishing 18-5. We have a young core and we will be returning six players next season as well as a few players from the JV team who also had a great season. The future looks bright for the Cats.

Spring Lake (14-8) advances to face Newaygo (21-1) in the Division 2 Regional Semi-Final on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. from Orchard View High School.

Newaygo defeats Sparta in District Championship match with 61-46 win

Newaygo senior Jaxi Long (13) shoots a free kick after being fouled during the fourth quarter of the Division 2 Women’s Basketball District Championship game between Newaygo Lions and Sparta Spartans at Comstock Park High School on Friday, March 4, 2022. The Lions defeated the Spartans 61-46 to advance to the Regional Semi-Finals. (Daniel Shular | Sular |

Newaygo 61, Sparta 49

The Lions took a 27-16 lead in the first half, but the Spartans rallied to tie the game late in the third quarter. Newaygo finally caught fire on the home stretch, as they finished the game on a 22-10 run to secure their third straight district championship.

Jaxi Long finished with 25 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead Newaygo, while Emmerson Goodin had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five steals and Kayla Fisk had two points and six steals.

CONTINUED: Images of Friday night’s match between Newaygo and Sparta

“Amazing performances from their daughters tonight,” said Newaygo head coach Nate Thomasma of the opposition. “Sparta are a tough team. They are well trained and talented. Our girls were able to hold off a great run from the Spartans in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, our girls made league plays when it mattered.

“Jaxi and Emmerson were great at making big shots and free throws. Lily (Swinehart) also made big late buckets. Kayla was terrific as always on defense and really set the pass for us defensively tonight. Grace (painter) did some big hits for us. Our bench gave us minutes and energy throughout the game.

“It was a big win for the girls and the program. Winning three consecutive district titles is a tough feat. These girls work hard and it paid off for them.

Newaygo (21-1) advances to face Spring Lake (14-8) in the Division 2 Regional Semi-Final on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. from Orchard View High School.


Kent City girls' basketball take on Sparta at home

Kent City sophomore Madelyn Geers (24) goes for a shot against Sparta sophomore Makalya Hatchew (22) during the second quarter of a women’s basketball game at Kent City High School of Kent City, Tuesday February 1, 2022. The Kent City Eagles beat Sparta 43-23, improving their record to 14-0 for the season. (Daniel Shular | [email protected])Daniel Sular |

Kent City 36, Morley Stanwood 33

The Eagles have used even scoring and strong defensive effort to hold off the Mohawks and secure a Division 3 district championship and move to 22-0 overall this season. Kent City led 23-20 at half-time and 30-25 going into the final quarter before pushing Morley Stanwood down the home stretch.

Madelyn Geers finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks to lead Kent City, while Taryn Preston added 10 points and five rebounds and Lexie Bowers had seven points and four steals.

Lynsey Biller finished with 11 points to lead Morley Stanwood

Kent City (22-0) advances to face Western Michigan Christian (17-4) in the Division 3 Regional Semifinals on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian High School.

Hart women's basketball beats Montague 47-35

Hart’s Abby Hicks (3) goes up for a shot against Montague’s Kendall Osborne (11) in Montague on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Cory Morse |

West Michigan Christian 61, Hart 47

The Pirates took a 29-23 lead in the first half and extended their lead to 33-23 midway through the third quarter before the Warriors came back strong to finish the game on a 38-14 run and stun Hart, top seed in the Division 3. county championship game.

Kyla Wiersema finished with 25 points and six rebounds to lead WMC, while Maddie Wiersema added 13 points and 15 rebounds and Ashley Folkema had 13 points and three assists.

Abby Hicks finished with 17 points to lead Hart, while Aspen Boutell added 15 points and Addison Hovey had 12 points.

“The momentum was definitely on the Pirates side in the second quarter and we were in shock,” WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman said. “Maddie and Kyla got two fouls in the second quarter and Hart did a good job attacking our defense bringing it to the basket. Kyla found herself with three fouls at the end of the first half and defensively, Hart took us out of our game with their intense man-to-man pressure. We felt lucky to go into half-time only six points behind.

“Early in the third quarter, Hart scored two quick field goals and went up 10. Luckily, Maddie had a couple of rebounds and backhands. Then we had some quick outs and scored some quick field goals to tie the game at 33. Lexie Daggett hit a huge 3-pointer to give us a three-point lead. In the fourth quarter, Ashley took over at the line going 8 for 10 from the boards. Before the match started, Ashley sprained her ankle during warm-up. What a fighter and ending the night the way she did is legendary.

“I’m so proud of all the girls who doubt themselves at half time and come back to win the game. Our seniors lead this team with positive attitudes. The underclassman followed their example. It’s not always easy to believe when the game gets tough, but they made one save at a time. The senior girls (Maddie, Kyla, Libby, Haley) have won three consecutive district titles.

Western Michigan Christian (17-4) advances to face Kent City (22-0) in the Division 3 Regional Semifinals on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian High School.


Muskegon Heights Academy 62, Muskegon Catholic Central 58 (OT)

The Tigers took a 9-2 lead and took a 26-13 halftime lead before the Crusaders responded with a 22-9 run in the third quarter to tie the game at 35-35 early of the fourth quarter.

Neither team was able to create a separation in the final quarter of regulation time as the game went into extra time. In the extra session, Muskegon Heights defeated Muskegon Catholic 10-6 to win the Division 4 district championship.

Katherine Rauch finished with 18 points to lead Muskegon Catholic Central, while Claire LaVigne added 13 points and McKenna Gentry had 12 points and Sara Albanese had 10 points.

Muskegon Heights Academy (8-8) advances to face Martin (11-11) in the Division 4 Regional Semifinals on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Martin High School.


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