Hartford overwhelms Eau Claire, wins 72-6
Hartford’s varsity girls’ basketball team certainly played to their strengths Tuesday, December 6 as they routed visiting Eau Claire 72-6.
Hartford scored 39 points in the first period and tapped in another 15 all the while holding the Beavers to four total first half points.
MAKIN’ HER WAY THROUGH THE AIR… Ma-rissa Beraza makes her way through the air towards the basket last week Tuesday. Be-raza scored eight points and had four assists and three steals in the Indians’ 72-6 winning effort over Eau Claire. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Hartford scored 10 points in the third period and held Eau Claire scoreless to take a 64-4 lead into the fourth and final period.
Eau Claire scored two points in the fourth while Hartford added another eight for the win.
Hartford’s Mikenzie Chambers led the Indians with 18 points, two assists, and two rebounds. Cora Wesaw scored 11 points and had three assists. Amara Wesaw landed 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, and two steals.
AJ Jackson tallied nine points, two rebounds, and one steal. Marissa Beraza scored eight points with four assists and three steals. Elly Valdes landed five points and had two boards and one steal. Jessica Cortes gave the Indians five points in the winning effort. Angela Saldana and Madisyn Earls scored two points each, with Saldana adding three assists and two steals. Megan Nelson shot 100% from the charity stripe, landing her two attempts for her two points. Nelson also had two rebounds and three assists. Madison Garland was tough on defense for Hartford, notching three steals.
Hartford head coach Lee Mireles was very pleased with his team’s effort. “I feel that we moved the ball well. Our defense was good. We did a good job getting to the basket. We didn’t settle for the outside [shots] as much. I think we had a good effort by our girls.”
The Indians were scheduled to face Lawton on the road Friday, December 9 but that game was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Watervliet wins first game of season by blistering Bloomingdale
Watervliet’s girls’ varsity basketball team opened their season with two losses the first week of competition. So, it was no surprise that the squad was gunning for their first win early last week.
And they got it: the Lady Panthers hosted Bloomingdale and blew the Cardinals out of the water, winning 62-36.
MIZWICKI MAKES A MOVE… Logan Mizwicki drives into the paint as Watervliet hosted Bloomingdale. The Lady Panth-ers crushed the Cardinals 62-36. Mizwicki scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had seven steals. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Watervliet opened the game by scoring 13 points in the first period. The Panthers limited scoring opportunities by Bloomingdale which resulted in the Cardinals scoring four first period points.
Bloomingdale opened up a little in the second period, becoming a bit more aggressive with their shooting but still trailed a red hot Watervliet squad 28-13 at intermission.
Watervliet totally dominated the third quarter courtesy of Bloomingdale turnovers. Thanks to the pressure added by the defense, Watervliet posted 26 points in the period and held Bloomingdale to only four. After three periods Watervliet led 54-17.
Watervliet coach Jason Forrester was able to rest his veterans for most of the fourth period. Bloomingdale scored 19 points with Watervliet adding eight to their bottom line. The result was a 62-36 “W” for Watervliet.
Logan Mizwicki was strong all night. She scored a team high 22 points and had nine rebounds and seven steals. Zoe Smith added 14 points and was credited with five steals. Casie Gohr added eight points, five rebounds, and five steals to her stat line.
Katie Clark chipped in one point and hoisted down nine rebounds. Katie Schultz tossed in three points, seven steals, and six rebounds.
Madalyn Hutchins and Mikayla Lee both scored three points, while Jade Miller, Kara Liles, and Jaelyn Pitre added two points each. Maggie Lynch scored one point.
Watervliet was scheduled to face Lawrence on the road Friday, December 9 but the contest was called due to the snow. The game has been rescheduled for Monday, December 19.
Coloma ballers win season opener against Lawrence, drop game to tough Kalamazoo Christian
Coloma varsity boys’ basketball coach Paul Marfia had to be pleased with his team’s performance on Tuesday, December 6. His squad opened their season at home against Lawrence and won in dominating fashion 82-38.
SHOULDERING THROUGH… Coloma’s Levi Wilkens shoulders his way past Kalamazoo Christian’s Ridge DeJong Friday. Wilkens scored three points in the 56-46 Colo-ma loss. The Comets are 1-1. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Of his 10 players available to play, the scoring was spread out among six of them.
Coloma took an early 18-10 lead in the first period. That was followed by a 23 point second period. The Comets led 41-23 at the half.
Coloma dominated every aspect of the second half. Their stingy defense allowed Lawrence to score only 15 points in the half, while the Comet offense blazed to the hoop and scored 41 points.
Zach Goodline opened his season in dominating fashion as well. Whether it was driving the lane for two point jumpers – of which he sank seven – or standing just beyond the arc and letting loose with the long ball – of which he sank four 3-pointers – or nailing his free throws – of which he dropped eight of nine – Goodline commanded the court on Tuesday. He led Coloma with 34 points and had eight assists and eight steals.
Adam Hearn scored 15 points, while Levi Wilkens knocked down 13. Brendan Lute added nine points, and Robbie Schroeder chipped in five. Willie Donald scored four points.
Coloma shot 61% from the free throw line and sank eight 3-point shots.
On Friday, December 9 Coloma suffered their first loss of the season as they welcomed Kalamazoo Christian courtside.
The first period was evenly matched as both teams appeared to be settling in. The score was 6-6 after the first period.
After getting comfortable, both teams amped up their performance in the second period. The pace quickened with both teams utilizing the full court press.
Kalamazoo began to run away with the game, scoring 21 points to Coloma’s 13. The Comets just couldn’t get the shots to drop as Kalamazoo’s defense tightened up. At the half, Kalamazoo led by six, 27-19.
Coloma continued to trail Kalamazoo for the rest of the contest, although the game was closer than the final score would indicate. Coloma continued to work their plays and battle for boards but fell further behind in the third period. Kalamazoo led 43-33. That 10 point lead was all Kalamazoo would need as they closed out the fourth period with the 56-46 win.
Hartford wallops Eau Claire; Indians nail nine 3-pointers
Hartford varsity basketball head coach John Johnson may have, in his words, “an inexperienced team this season with only four players with varsity experience” but the Indian squad played like a group of veterans Tuesday, December 6 as they opened their season at home against Eau Claire. The Indians won 68-45.