Brandywine teams sweep Saugatuck in non-league play
SAUGATUCK — Visiting Brandywine picked up a pair of non-conference wins Tuesday night.
The Bobcat girls basketball team opened its season with a 67-40 win over Saugatuck, while the boys basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 55-43 victory.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 19-9 first quarter lead in the girls game and never looked back.
Brandywine led 36-17 at halftime and 57-26 heading into the fourth quarter.
Zakiyyah and Milikiyyah Abdullah both scored 17 points to lead the Bobcats and all scorers Tuesday night.
Kennedy Byrd added 11 points.
Brandywine boys basketball
In the boys game, the Bobcats led 17-5 after one quarter and 26-17 at halftime.
Both teams scored 29 points in the second half.
Jordan Abrams led a trio of Bobcats in double figures with 15 points. Jaden Croom added 14 and Derrick Miller 12 points.
Niles girls basketball
THREE RIVERS — Visiting Niles dropped a 43-36 girls basketball decision to Three Rivers Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (1-0) led 16-7 after one quarter and 26-12 at intermission.
The Vikings (0-1) cut into the Three Rivers lead by outscoring it 24-17 in the second half, but could not overcome the first-half deficit.
Alycia Patterson scored 14 points to lead Niles, which also got 12 points from Aynslee Myer and six points from Reese Davies.
Hadley Miller scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats.
Eddies boys basketball
A big second quarter lifted host Portage Central to a 64-45 win over Edwardsburg in non-conference boys basketball action Tuesday night.
The Mustangs (1-2) doubled up the Eddies (0-1) 14-7 after one quarter and then poured in 25 second-quarter points to open up a 39-20 halftime advantage.
Edwardsburg was unable to cut into the Portage Central lead over the final two quarters.
Colby Sidenbender led the Eddies with 10 points, He was the lone Edwardsburg player to reach double figures.
Luke Hudak finished with eight points and Zach Stryker seven.
Jason Mih led the Mustangs with a game-high 13 points.
Edwardsburg girls basketball
PORTAGE CENTRAL — Visiting Edwardsburg outscored Portage Central 16-14 in the final eight minutes to pull out a 46-43 non-conference girls basketball victory over the Mustangs Tuesday night.
Portage Central (0-1) grabbed a 10-7 first quarter lead, but was outscored by the Eddies (1-0) 12-3 as Edwardsburg took a 19-13 lead into half time.
The Mustangs cut the Eddies’ lead to 30-29 by the end of the third quarter, but were unable to overcome the halftime deficit.
Kaitlyn Zaracki led a trio of Edwardsburg players in double figures with 18 points.
The Eddies also got 12 points from Claire Bartz and 11 points from Abbey Krugh.
Abby Long scored a game-high 21 points for Portage Central.
Dowagiac girls basketball
DOWAGIAC — For the first time in many years, the Dowagiac girls basketball team opened the season with a victory.
The Chieftains had a trio of players reach double figures, led by sophomore Allie Conner, as they defeated visiting Cassopolis 60-41 in a non-league game Tuesday night in Dowagiac’s new gymnasium.
Dowagiac senior Kellyn Daly, who finished with 17 points as she cut to the basket time and time again for easy layups, said it was important for this team to get off to a fast start.
Besides Gary, the Rangers also got 15 points from Sophie Fiala.
Tamia Parker-Wilson was the third Chieftain to reach double figures Tuesday night as she finished with 12 points.
Cassopolis boys basketball
CASSOPOLIS — Tyrese Hunt-Thompson scored a game-high 36 points to lead Cassopolis to a 78-66 Southwest 10 Conference boys basketball victory over host Bangor Tuesday night.
The Rangers led just 19-16 after one quarter, but opened up a 43-31 halftime advantage and a 61-49 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
The Vikings (0-1, 0-1 Southwest 10) and Rangers both scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Besides Hunt-Thompson, Cassopolis also got 17 points from Brayden Saxton and nine points from Darrion Gatson.
Bangor was led by Marshall Weber, who scored 24 points. Thomas Bowen added 14 points.