Mattawan hands Niles sixth straight defeat

Niles’ Emily Gaines finished with 12 points against Mattawan Monday night. (Leader photo/AMELIO RODRIGUEZ)

Niles’ Emily Gaines finished with 12 points against Mattawan Monday night. (Leader photo/AMELIO RODRIGUEZ)

Niles had no answers for Mattawan’s Brooke Ditto in the first half as the Wildcats picked up a 42-30 SMAC non-divisional girls basketball victory Monday night.

Ditto scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half as the Wildcats (4-8) handed the Vikings (5-9) their sixth straight loss.

Ditto scores inside and connected on a pair 3-pointers as Mattawan built up a 26-11 halftime advantage.

The Vikings tried to get back into the contest in the second half, but were only able to slightly cut into the Wildcats’ advantage.

Niles trailed 36-23 heading into the fourth quarter and would get no closer than the 12-point final outcome.

Ditto was the lone Mattawan player to reach double figures in the make-up contest. Mackenzie Swinehart added eight points.

Emily Gaines scored 12 points to lead the Vikings, while Jazmin Brann finished with 11 points.

 

MATTAWAN 42, NILES 30

At Niles

MATTAWAN 42

Kimi Rook 0, Ali Wright 4, Jill Steinke 2, Amber Mazahem 4, Joroyln Swinehart 4, Joanna Bartz 0, Brooke Ditto 20, Tristen Mabin 0, Mackenzie Swinehart 8. TOTALS: 15 10-22 42

NILES 30

Antonia Palmer 2, Maya Brookins 5, Alexis Preston 0, Emily Gaines 12, Aynslee Myer 0, jaycee Myer 0, Jazmin Brann 11, LaJan Mitchell 0. TOTALS: 12 2-6 30

 

Mattawan       14       26       36       42

Niles                9          11       23       30

3-point baskets: Mattawan 2 (Ditto 2), Niles 4 (Brookins, Gaines 3). Total fouls (fouled out): Mattawan 12 (none), Niles 18 (none). JV score: Niles 37, Mattawan 35 (overtime). Varsity records: Mattawan 40-8, Niles 5-9.

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