KALKASKA — A slow start didn't deter Kalkaska Friday in a 44-40 Lake Michigan Conference win over visiting St. Francis.
The Blazers (9-3, 5-1 LMC) and Gladiators (11-2, 6-1 LMC) split their two meetings this year.
St. Francis led 21-8 at the end of the first quarter and had it up to 17 points in the second quarter. It was 27-18 at the half, but the Blazers led 35-30 going into the fourth.
"They have a heck of a team," Blazers coach Dave Dalton said. "We tightened our defense and the full-court pressure seemed to help us. Our kids are fighters. This is not the most talented team by any stretch of the imagination. We were down 18 at Boyne (and won). But this is a team with a lot of heart."
Kalkaska senior Kelli Guy finished the game with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. She also hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to seal the four-point win.
The Blazers also had seven points and four rebounds from Tabitha Kibby while Elle Barber had five points, five rebounds and three steals.
Kaitlin Feeney had 13 points for the Glads while Liza Erickson had 12 points.
Kalkaska is at Charlevoix on Tuesday while St. Francis is at Boyne City.
Petoskey 65 TC Central 20
Petoskey went on a 25-0 run in the third quarter for a 65-20 Big North Conference win over host TC Central.
Kelsey Ance and Megan Tompkins combined for 17 of the Northmen points in the run. Ance finished with 20 points while Tompkins had 12 and Alyssa VanWerdan 13 for Petoskey (13-2, 8-1 BNC).
Abby Underwood led the Trojans (2-10) with five points.
Petoskey took the JV contest 39-33. Carrie Wynkoop had six points for the Trojans.
TC Central's freshmen won 55-19 as Jennifer Rose scored 12 and Haven Hill added 10 points.
Cadillac 41 TC West 30
Cadillac stayed tied atop the Big North Conference standings in the loss column with a 41-30 win over TC West.
The Vikings (11-2, 6-1 BNC) are tied with Petoskey while the Titans (5-9, 5-2 BNC) fell a game back.
TC West had a good defensive game, but struggled shooting. Katie Placek led the way with six points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Cadillac had 13 points from Abbey Fuller while Selena Golnik had 10 points.
In the JV game, the Vikings won 45-24. Jodi Turnquist had eight points and six rebounds in the loss. TC West's freshmen won 39-25 as Makenna Mattson had 24 points.
Elk Rapids 53 East Jordan 39
Paige Granger had a big night for Elk Rapids in a 53-39 Lake Michigan Conference win over East Jordan.
Granger led the Elks (8-4, 5-2 LMC) with 24 points while Michelle Costa had 12 points. Val Peters scored 14 for the Red Devils.
Elk Rapids is at Grayling on Tuesday.
GT Academy 57 Baldwin 25
Tiffany Wright scored 19 points as Grand Traverse Academy pulled away for a 57-25 non-league win over Baldwin.
Dakota Morgan added 11 points and nine points for the Mustangs (2-8), who host Northport on Wednesday.
TC Bulldogs AA 55 Northport 28
Molly Plamondon's 23 points powered the Traverse City Bulldogs AA to a 55-28 win over Northport.
Casie Plamondon added 14 points and five steals and Sarah Plamondon 12 points, six rebounds and six steals for the Bulldogs (11-2), who compete in a homeschool tournament today in Grand Rapids.
Petoskey 63 TC Central 46
Petoskey returned the favor with a 63-46 Big North Conference win over TC Central.
The Trojans (3-10, 3-4 BNC) beat the Northmen (11-2, 6-2 BNC) 31-30 on Tuesday.
Erik Davenport and Sam Baumgartner each had 19 points for Petoskey. Ethan Pilarski had 15 points for TC Central.
The Northmen won the JV game 47-26 and the freshman contest 56-25.
St. Francis 84 Kalkaska 64
Byron Bullough scored 29 first-half points Friday as St. Francis went on to a 84-64 Lake Michigan Conference win at Kalkaska.
The Gladiators (13-0, 8-0) led 59-29 at the break.
Bullough hit four 3-pointers in his first-half spree. He played briefly in the second half and finished with 29.
Kody Kleinrichert added 14 points while Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi contributed 10 points, seven steals and seven assists. Noah Phillips added eight points.
Caleb Gelinas led Kalkaska (3-8) with 23 points. Will Noble chipped in 16 and Marlon Reese 12.
St. Francis hosts Boyne City on Tuesday.
Charlevoix 56 Boyne City 47
Charlevoix got the best of Charlevoix County and Lake Michigan Conference rival Boyne City, 56-47.
The Rayders (8-2, 5-2) were led by Tanner Katt's 16 points. Charlie Hamilton contributed 10 points and Zach Hankins eight points and 12 rebounds.
Corey Redman tossed in 17 points, Brad Fouchia 11 and Maceo Vroman 10 for the Ramblers.
Charlevoix travels to Kalkaska on Tuesday.
Elk Rapids 42 East Jordan 30
Elk Rapids had a good second half in a 42-30 Lake Michigan Conference win over visiting East Jordan.
The Elks (8-5, 5-3 LMC) led 19-18 at half before putting the game away.
Jesse Starr had 10 points for Elk Rapids while Cole Walker had nine points and seven rebounds.
Joe Manville had 12 points for the Red Devils.
Frankfort 49 Buckley 33
Frankfort remained undefeated in the Northwest Conference with a 49-33 win over Buckley.
Brandon Schaub led the 11-0 Panthers with 11 points. David Loney added 10 and Owen Stratton nine.
Austin Burmania's 16 points topped Buckley.
Frankfort hosts Benzie Central on Wednesday.
Glen Lake 59 Suttons Bay 51
Glen Lake picked up a 59-51 Northwest Conference win over Suttons Bay.
The last time the teams played, the Norse (3-7) lost by 20 points.
Mike O'Brien paced the Lakers with 22 points. Guy Beachnau had 13 points for Suttons Bay.
The Norse host Bellaire on Monday.
Kingsley 60 Mesick 46
Travis DeBello knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a 22-point night as Kingsley posted a 60-46 Northwest Conference win over Mesick.
Tristan Eickenroth added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Stags (6-6, 5-2), who reached .500 with the win.
Thane Herbert scored 15 and Andre Whittaker 13 for Mesick.
Benzie Central 68 Leland 58
Corey Weaver had a monster game in leading Benzie Central to a 68-58 Northwest Conference win over Leland.
Weaver finished with 34 points and 25 rebounds. Nate Oren added 11 points and Javier Rodriquez 10 for the Huskies (5-6, 5-2).
Ian Duval paced Leland with 20 points. Tyler Leveque chipped in 13.
Benzie hosts Ludington on Monday.
Northport 40 LL St. Mary's 30
Northport picked up its second win over Lake Leelanau St. Mary's this season, in a 40-30 Cherryland Conference victory.
The Wildcats (4-7) had 14 points from Zach Kalchik. Northport plays Vanderbilt today.
Dan Duperon had seven points for St. Mary's.
Gaylord SM 52 Onaway 50
Gaylord St. Mary hung on for a 52-50 Ski Valley Conference win over Onaway.
Onaway misfired on two shots in the closing seconds.
Matt Spyhalski and Charles Strehl led the Snowbirds (6-6, 4-6) with 12 points apiece. Nick Lochinski added 11. St. Mary led by two at half, 24-22, but trailed by two, 36-34, entering the fourth quarter.
Joe O'Bradovich and Carlos Bautista paced Onaway with 16 points. Andrew Prow contributed 11.
Forest Area 72 Johannesburg 68
Forest Area improved to 7-1 in the Ski Valley Conference with a 72-68 victory over Johannesburg-Lewiston.
Austin Vance and Justin Burke had double-doubles for the Warriors. Vance finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds, Burke 19 points and 12 rebounds. Chad Roberts added 18 points for the Warriors (8-2 overall).
Logan Huff paced the Cardinals with 16 points. Tyler Tarbutton and Jacob Newell netted 13 apiece.
The game was tied at 54-54 entering the fourth quarter. Forest Area hosts Bellaire today.
Bellaire 47 Central Lake 27
Bellaire took control early, leading 24-6 at half, in beating Central Lake 47-27 in Ski Valley play.
Mitch Teetzel netted 19 points and Denny Hall 12 for the Eagles (9-0, 7-0), who face Forest Area today. Will Brockman paced Central Lake with 10.
Manistee CC 74 Brethren 52
Zack Bialik led a balanced attack with 25 points as Manistee Catholic topped Brethren 74-52 in a West Michigan D contest.
Alex Bialik added 10 points, five assists; Ben Feliczak 11 points, eight rebounds; and Jason Kaminski 10 points for the Sabers (10-3, 9-1).
Colton Podbilski tossed in 16 for Brethren.
Catholic hosts Bear Lake next Friday.
Burt Lake NMCA 58 TC Bulldogs 50
Aaron Chatfield lit up the stat sheet with 36 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals and six assists as Burt Lake NMCA improved to 6-5 with a 58-50 win over the TC Bulldogs.
Robert Taylor added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Jake Lovitt nine points for the Eagles.
McBain NMC 48 Marion 31
Senior Trevor Gernaat scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter as host Northern Michigan Christian broke open a close game with Marion to post a 48-31 decision in Highland play. It was Homecoming for the Comets (8-4, 4-3).
Gernaat, who was held to four points in the first half, scored six straight on driving lauups midway through the quarter to spark what proved to be a 19-2 run. Gernaat also generated nine rebounds, eight steals and two blocks in the game to go with a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter.
Senior guard Matt Pluger scored 10 with six rebounds for the Comets and John Brouwer hit for six.
Tyrel Hall tallied 10 to lead the Eagles (4-9, 1-7) and Nate Root rang up eight.
Bay Reps 5 Manistee 3
Nick Sicinski had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Bay Reps to a 5-3 win over Manistee.
Zach Hill had a goal and two assists for the Reps (8-11) while Deryk Henderson also scored. Trevor Apsey, Jakson Drake, Josh Hill and Nate Wilson all had assists.
Claire Huhta got the win in net with 14 saves.
The Reps host Monroe St. Mary today at 2:30 p.m.
TC West 2 Monroe St. Mary 2
Nick Schultz buried a rebound with just over three minutes remaining to give Traverse City West a 2-2 tie with Monroe St. Mary Catholic.
Jacob Benker and Max Jenner drew assists on the game-tying goal.
Jake Thaxton had staked the Titans (5-11-3) to a 1-0 lead with a first period goal. Keeler Steele and Luke Piotrowski assisted.
St. Mary tied it in the first period, then took the lead in the third.
Both teams had power plays in overtime, but failed to score.
Carter Edmondson stopped 28 shots for West, which faces Grosse Pointe South next Friday.
Harbor Springs sweeps BNC meet
Harbor Springs swept a Lake Michigan Conference meet at Boyne Mountain.
The Rams had both boys champs, as John Bailey won the giant slalom in 1:01.59 and Shea Furham took the slalom in 1:18.71.
In the girls meet, Carlee McCardel from Elk Rapids/St. Francis won the GS in 59.55 while Abigail Hackman from Harbor Springs took the slalom in 1:21.05.