01-18-2018 Tri-City Area Sports


Watervliet traveled to Coloma Tuesday, January 9 for girls’ varsity basketball action in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division. Watervliet opened the game with a 10-6 first period lead. The Panthers added 10 points in the second period and held Coloma to eight. At intermission, the score favored Watervliet 20-14. Both teams struggled in the first half of play with numerous missed shots and sloppy ball protection. However, the squads were able to settle in and improved as sixteen minutes ticked off the clock. Coloma played a stronger defense in the second half, as the team scored six points and limited Watervliet to seven points.

NO ARM, WHAT FOUL? Watervliet’s Kara Liles got her hands on nothing but ball last Tuesday night as she defended the basket against a shot by Coloma’s Mika Anderson, although the officials saw the play differently and whistled Liles for the foul. Liles scored two points and Anderson had five in the 38-33 Watervliet road win. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


In a fourth quarter frenzied attack, both teams netted double digits, as Coloma outscored Watervliet 13-11. Watervliet won the contest 38-33. Ariana Rowe led the Panthers with 15 points. Madalyn Hutchins scored three 3-pointers for her nine-point contribution. Zoe Smith tallied seven points. Jaelyn Pitre hit a 3-pointer and had five rebounds. Kara Liles and Celina Klimkiewicz scored two points each. Klimkiewicz was credited with three steals, while Liles grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots. The Panthers hit four buckets from beyond the arc and shot 80% from the free throw line, hitting eight of ten shots. Coloma was led by Morgan Wagner with 10 points. Wagner had three 3-pointers in the contest. Kayla Yore contributed eight points to the Comet cause. Mika Anderson and Megan Neubecker scored five points each, and Phoebe Brown netted three points. Hannah Mathis scored two points for Coloma. The Comets drilled five 3-pointers and shot 50% from the charity stripe, hitting four of eight shots. “We played hard,” Watervliet head coach Jason Forrester commented following the game. “I started a couple juniors this time and they did a really good job. We had too many turnovers, but it’s kind of expected coming off a long break. Coloma’s a good team and played really good defense. I thought we matched their intensity tonight. “We had one sub Madalyn Hutchins come in and hit three straight threes. That was nice to see her have some success; she’s dedicated.” With the win, Watervliet improved to 4-0 in the Lakeshore Division.

Cortes gives Hartford boost in 56-46 victory over Cassopolis

Jessica Cortes led the way for Hartford Tuesday, January 9 as the varsity basketball squad welcomed Cassopolis to Indian Territory. Cortes scored 15 points in Hartford’s 56-46 win over the Rangers. It was almost a cake walk for the Indians as they led from the get-go. In the first period alone, the Indians scored 20 points and held Cass to just six points. In the second period, Hartford dropped in another 17 points, while Cass scored eight. At the half-way mark, Hartford led 37-14. In the third period, Cassopolis appeared to be a different team. The squad was tighter with their shots, rebounded off the boards better, and matched Hartford in intensity. The Rangers’ effort resulted in 11 points, although Hartford outscored them with 13 points. At the close of the third period, Cass trailed 50-25. Talk about a flip-flop in the final period of the game. Cassopolis ratcheted up their defense. Their coverage limited Hartford to six points. Additionally, Cassopolis finally found the basket and scored a whopping 21 points in their rally attempt. Hartford was able to hold on for the lead even after they were shut down in the fourth. The Indians notched their sixth victory of the season with the 56-46 win. Cortes led the Indians with 15 points, all five shots coming from beyond the arc; she also had four steals. AJ Jackson scored 12 points and had eight rebounds. Mikenzie Chambers tallied 11 points and grabbed eight boards. Megan Nelson added nine points. Cora Wesaw scored five points, and Elly Valdes had four. The Indians shot 58% from the free throw line, hitting 11 of 19 shots.

Coloma girls bowling rolls on with perfect season

Carley Burrell, Coloma’s girls’ varsity bowling coach, is extremely proud of her team. The squad is on a roll as they remain undefeated in the Kalamazoo Valley Conference. The Comets were at home Wednesday, January 10 to take on Kalamazoo Christian. Coloma won 29-1. Carissa Richmond let Coloma with the high series after she rolled a 160 and 211. Lainey Meader’s 161 was the high game in the first contest. Richmond’s 211 was the high game in the second contest. Meader had a 338 series, and Emily Feldten rolled a 336 series. Coloma scored 783 pins compared to Kalamazoo’s 531 in game one. Game two found the Comets on top with an 809-pin count, while Kalamazoo had 499. Coloma took the series 1,592 to 1,030.

Everything comes up Comets in 85-59 win over Watervliet

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