Dowagiac sweeps Coloma

Published 8:21 am Saturday, December 23, 2023

COLOMA — The Dowagiac girls basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season to rout host Coloma 53-18 in non-conference action Thursday night.

Meanwhile, at Dowagiac, the Chieftain boys basketball team wrapped up 2023 portion of its schedule with a 48-40 win over the Comets.


Girls Basketball

The Chieftains improved to 4-1 with the win over Coloma.

Dowagiac scored the first 23 points of the game and never looked back. The Chieftains led 14-0 after one quarter and 23-0 before the Comets (2-4) finally scored in second quarter.

Dowagiac led 27-8 at halftime.

Things did not get better for Coloma in the second half as the Dowagiac defense continued to shine as it held the Comets to 10 points.

“Our defensive intensity was really nice tonight,” said Dowagiac Coach Jason Turner. “We had a great defensive game.”

Marlie Carpenter led Dowagiac with 16 points, while Maggie Weller and Olivia Gadde both finished with eight points. Rebecca Guernsey and Audrey Johnson added seven and six points, respectively.

“Marlie had a fantastic game offensively,” Turner said. “We pushed the ball up the court really well tonight. Audrey played great defense at the top of our zone again. Maggie dished the ball off really well tonight which was nice to see the others step up and finish those shots.”

Dowagiac will return to action following the Christmas break when it hosts Watervliet in a non-conference contest on Jan. 5.


Boys Basketball

After winning just two games in 2022-23, the Chieftains will head into 2024 with a 4-3 record following their victory over visiting Coloma Thursday night.

Trailing 6-5 after one quarter, Dowagiac outscored the Comets 43-34 over the final three quarters to pick up the victory and head into the Christmas break with a two-game winning streak.

The Chieftains outscored the Comets 16-9 in the second quarter to take a 21-15 halftime lead. Dowagiac led 31-24 after three quarters.

Gianni Villalobos had 16 points to lead the Chieftains, who also got 11 points from Joshua Winchester-Jones. Isaiah Fitchett added six points.

Dowagiac returns to the court Jan. 3 when it travels to Kalamazoo to face Hackett Catholic in a non-conference contest.