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Hoops Roundup: Lady Comets clinch fourth straight NLC title

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Mackinaw City senior guard Raeann Hingston (left) prepares to make a pass during a recent game against Ellsworth. Hingston and the Mackinaw City varsity girls captured a fourth straight Northern Lakes Conference title with a win over Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy on Monday.
Mackinaw City senior guard Raeann Hingston (left) prepares to make a pass during a recent game against Ellsworth. Hingston and the Mackinaw City varsity girls captured a fourth straight Northern Lakes Conference title with a win over Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy on Monday.

MACKINAW CITY — To a win a conference title is pretty special.

To win a conference title on senior night makes things that much better.

On senior night in Mackinaw City, the Lady Comets captured a fourth consecutive Northern Lakes Conference girls basketball championship with a 62-17 victory over Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy on Monday.

This year's Mackinaw City senior class includes Gabi Bell, Raeann Hingston, Ella House and Olivia Lidy, who all helped out in the title-clinching win.

"We played excellent defense all night and created several turnovers," said Mackinaw City coach Jake Huffman. "Gabi, Rae, Ella, and Olivia played great in their second to last home game of their high school basketball career. All four of those ladies have worked very hard over the course of this season and seasons past. They are all very important pieces to what we are trying to accomplish in our team goals. I am thrilled we could clinch the NLC title on their senior night."

The Comets (15-1, 11-0 NLC) got out to a 23-4 lead after one quarter, then extended the advantage to 38-8 by halftime.

Hingston led the Comets with 14 points, eight steals, six rebounds and two assists, while Marlie Postula tallied 11 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists, and Madison Smith had 10 points, nine rebounds, four steals, three blocks and one assist. Bell (six points, seven steals, five rebounds, three assists), Gracie Beauchamp (six points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists), Larissa Huffman (four points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks), House (four points), Julia Sullivan (three points, seven rebounds), Jersey Beauchamp (two points, three rebounds, one assist) and Lidy (two points, two rebounds) all helped out in the Mackinaw City win.

Mackinaw City boys top NMCA on senior night

MACKINAW CITY — Monday night was also senior night for the Mackinaw City varsity boys basketball team, which shook off a recent loss to Ellsworth and earned a 57-23 victory over Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy.

"This was a great night for our seniors," said Mackinaw City coach John Martin, whose team led 27-6 at the half and 46-14 after three quarters. "Travin Barkley and Jalen DeWitt were honored on senior parents night with a nice conference win. Hopefully this will get us back on track after Friday's disappointing loss (to Ellsworth). We did a nice job defensively. The offense struggled a bit in the first half, but we got it going a little in the second."

Noah Valot led the Comets (8-5, 6-2 Northern Lakes Conference) with 11 points, while Lars Huffman scored 10, Lucas Bergstrom had nine, and Trystan Swanson and Sabastian Pierce each added eight. Cooper Whipkey had six, DeWitt registered three and Nick Vieau tallied two.

Josiah Brabson scored a game-high 13 points to lead NMCA. Derek Vest added eight.

Mackinaw City will face Boyne Falls on the road Wednesday.

Cardinals stay unbeaten with win at Forest Area

FIFE LAKE — The Onaway varsity boys basketball team kept up its winning ways, remaining unbeaten with a 98-22 victory at Forest Area in a Ski Valley Conference contest on Monday.

"Tonight we did no press, we worked on a half-court defense, and once again our backcourt's just been huge for us," said Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak. whose team led 28-3 after one and 53-16 at the break. "The defense has been great, everybody's moving. We had 11 out of 13 guys score, everybody's just moving the ball so well. We had a lot of breakaway layups, but we're making a lot of shots right now. Our shooting percentage, I'm not sure what it is, but it's been really high. They're not making poor choices right now. Even in games like this we want to cut down and limit the turnovers, limit the silly mistakes, and they're definitely doing that."

Bridger Peel's game-high 21 points led the Cardinals (12-0, 10-0 Ski Valley), who received 19 points from Austin Veal, 15 from Jadin Mix, a career-high 13 from Hunter Riley, eight from Cole Selke, and six apiece from Mason Beebe and Justin Kramer.

"There's little things we tried to do throughout the game, running different offenses and some different sets that we haven't done," Szymoniak said. "We even changed up our defenses, and no matter what I throw at these guys, they're executing everything right now and looking flawless."

Onaway girls fall to Johnson, JoBurg

JOHANNESBURG — A slow start ended up hurting the Onaway varsity girls basketball team, which suffered a 51-40 loss to Johannesburg-Lewiston in Ski Valley Conference action on Friday, Feb. 4.

The Lady Comets (7-7, 5-6 Ski Valley) fell behind 15-6 after one quarter, but recovered to cut the deficit to just five at halftime.

While the Cardinals did tie the game up at 22 in the third, Kennedy Johnson helped JoBurg retake the lead for good. Johnson scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half.

"We came out sluggish to start and played catch-up the whole game," said Onaway coach John George. "I thought we did some positive stuff defensively, but still struggled to score. This isn't really about defense as it is lack of offense. We're going to have a tough two weeks."

Aubrey Benson and Taylor Larson led the Cardinals with nine points each, while Nicole Larson scored seven and Kailyn George added five. Cloe Ehrke and Charlotte Box scored four apiece.

This article originally appeared on Cheboygan Daily Tribune: Prep Basketball Roundup