MUSKEGON – Olivia Sobczak isn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands.
The Mona Shores senior guard led the Sailors to a 14-4 record and an OK Green Conference championship last winter and jumpstarted her 2021-22 season with a memorable moment Tuesday against Grand Haven.
Sobczak scored six points in the fourth quarter to keep her team within striking distance of the Buccaneers and knocked down what proved to be the game-winning free throw with 8 seconds remaining in regulation to secure a wild 38-37 win for the Sailors.
The senior leader finished with a game-high 12 points to pace Mona Shores, while Khaleeya Cook added 11 points, Jenna Tierman had eight points and Mia Brown had five points.
Zoe Spoelman finished with 10 points to lead Grand Haven, while Molly Long added nine points, and Emerson Berndt had eight points.
Below are recaps and stats from all of Tuesday’s high school basketball action across the Muskegon area.
WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE
Mason County Central 39, Oakridge 31
The Spartans trailed 23-18 at halftime but outscored the Eagles 21-8 in the second half to rally for a West Michigan Conference win Tuesday night.
Jasmine Pastor finished with 11 points to pace Oakridge, while Destyni Lane added nine points, four steals and five rebounds.
Jaden Petersen finished with nine points and five rebounds to pace Mason County Central, while Wren Nelson added eight points and Charlie Banks had seven points and five rebounds.
Montague 45, Whitehall 27
The Wildcats took an early 16-4 lead and fended off the Vikings the rest of the game to secure a West Michigan Conference win Tuesday night.
Kendall Osborne finished with 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and four steals to pace Montague, while Claire Meachem added 12 points and four rebounds and Lauren Smith had five points and seven rebounds.
Charley Klint scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Whitehall.
Ravenna 38, North Muskegon 24
The Bulldogs trailed 19-15 at halftime but rallied in the second half to secure a hard-fought win in West Michigan Conference action Tuesday night.
Emma Gilliard finished with 16 points to lead Ravenna, while Madeline Kilbourne added nine points.
Molly Stewart scored eight points to pace North Muskegon, while Josee Cooke added seven points and seven rebounds.
Hart 49, Shelby 33
The Pirates took an early 16-2 lead over their rivals and led 30-11 at halftime before fending off Shelby in the second half for an impressive road win Tuesday night.
Mariana VanAgtmael finished with 17 points to lead Hart, while Addi Hovey added 19 points.
Molli Schultz scored 14 points to pace Shelby, while Kendall Zoulek added nine points and eight rebounds.
LAKE EIGHT CONFERENCE
Orchard View 40, Pentwater 34
The Cardinals used a 15-point run in the third quarter to pull away from Pentwater on Tuesday night for a non-conference win.
Grace Gardner finished with 15 points to lead Orchard View, while Elizabeth Estelle added eight points.
Wyoming Godwin Heights 63, Muskegon Heights Academy 53
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Cedar Springs 44, Fremont 37
The Packers rallied in the second half after a 22-14 deficit in the first half but fell short of their comeback attempt down the stretch in a narrow loss to Cedar Springs.
Jessica Bennett and Haley Zerlaut each scored 11 points to pace Fremont, while Kaitlynn Bennett added eight points and nine rebounds.
Grant 58, Comstock Park 51
Julie Ashbaugh scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to pace Grant in a non-conference home win Tuesday night.
Fruitport Calvary Christian 43, Hesperia 31
The Eagles used a 22-4 run in the fourth quarter to pull away from Hesperia for a non-conference win Tuesday night.
McKena Wilson finished with 20 points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists. Cate Anhalt chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Emmet Tinkham paced Hesperia with 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Fruitport Calvary, while Emma Joppich added nine points.
Holton 32, Holland Black River 9
Holton jumped out to a 19-1 lead at halftime and cruised to a win over Holland Black River on Tuesday.
Ryann Robins finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds to pace Holton (2-2), while Gianna Reed added nine points and Abby Fowler had six assists and five steals.
Muskegon 59, Traverse City Central 35
The Big Reds leaned on its defensive intensity to force 24 turnovers and 14 steals as they pulled from the Trojans in the fourth quarter after holding a 23-15 advantage at halftime.
Anthony Sydnor III finished with 14 points to pace Muskegon (1-0), while David Day III added 13 points and Maurice Sain Jr. had nine points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Jordan Briggs added eight points, five rebounds, six assists, and three steals, Stanley Cunningham had seven points and Ethan Hill had five points, five rebounds and three assists.
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Anthony Ribel finished with 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to pace Traverse City Central, while Kadyn Warner added five points.
Fruitport 53, Muskegon Catholic Central 42
The Trojans used a 28-point third quarter to pull away from the Crusaders for a non-conference win Tuesday night.
Bode Anspach finished with 16 points, 11 steals and four rebounds to pace Fruitport, while Paschal Jolman added 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals, and Andrew Spyke had 10 points and six rebounds.
Freshman Tramel Caviness finished with 11 points and eight rebounds to pace Muskegon Catholic, while Elliot Kalisz added 10 points.
WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE
Oakridge 66, Grant 45
The Eagles led 32-27 at halftime and pulled in the second half for a non-conference win over Grant on Tuesday night.
Ethan Jozsa finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds to power Oakridge, while Garrett Weaver added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Seth Schuitema scored 29 points to pace Grant.
LAKES EIGHT CONFERENCE
Orchard View 55, Big Rapids 49
The Cardinals overcame a 12-point deficit at halftime and rallied for a non-conference win over Big Rapids on Tuesday.
Darius Williams powered Orchard View as he registered his second triple-double of the season with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Delaney Oakes added 10 points and five rebounds, while Stephon Oakes had seven points and 15 rebounds.
Benzie Central 69, Ludington 61
The Orioles trailed 28-27 at halftime and 52-47 entering the fourth quarter of play and couldn’t complete a late comeback attempt in a narrow loss to Benzie Central in non-conference action on Tuesday night.
David Shillinger scored 19 points to pace Ludington, while Peyton LaCombe added 16 points and Levi Laman had 11 points.
Muskegon Heights Academy 72, Kalamazoo Phoenix 52
The Tigers used a balanced scoring attack to power past Kalamazoo Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Daquan Matthews scored 26 points, including eight 3-pointers to pace Muskegon Heights, while Ja’Kari Edwards added 15 points, Dajuan Garrett had 10 points and Jonathon Moore had nine points.
Whitehall 63, Fremont 48
The Vikings raced out to a 39-22 advantage in the first half and held off a third-quarter rally by the Packers to secure the win Tuesday night.
Nate Bolley finished with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds to power Whitehall, while Brodie Fogus added 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Jordon McDonald finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and three steals to lead Fremont, while Gavin Richards added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Kent City 49, Central Montcalm 39
The Eagles finished the game on a 15-8 run to pull away from Central Montcalm on Tuesday night after a slow start to the game and a 24-24 tie at halftime.
Kyler Larson finished with 21 points to pace Kent City, while Hayden Carlson added 18 points.
Fruitport Calvary Christian 70 Hesperia 19
The Eagles jumped out to a 25-5 advantage and continued to roll to a non-conference win over Hesperia on Tuesday.
Bradley Richards finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to pace Fruitport Calvary, while Jacob May added 16 points and eight assists and Ethan Cammenga had 15 points and five steals.
Gabe Gould finished with five points to lead Hesperia.
Mason County Central 57, White Cloud 33
The Spartans jumped out to a 12-3 lead and continued to pull in the second half for a non-conference win over White Cloud on Tuesday.
Will Chye finished with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead Mason County Central, while Jayden Perrone added 13 points, seven rebounds and seven steals.
Taylor Bode scored 12 points to lead White Cloud.
Newaygo 71, Grand Rapids Wellspring Prep 61
Sophomore Josiah Long led the Lions with 26 points, including a 14-for-15 performance from the free-throw line, and added four assists and five rebounds. Bryce Decker added 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, Jaden Osawabin had 10 points, Dyllan Bazzett added nine points and Grant Harkness had five rebounds.
Fruitport Calvary Christian 81, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science 27
Bradley Richards finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds to pace Fruitport Calvary, while Jacob May had 16 points and seven assists, Quinn Swanson added 15 points and Ethan Cammenga and Karsten Sutherland each grabbed 10 rebounds.
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