Lady Ramblers Overtake Crosstown Rival, Northern Michigan Christian

February 10, 2020

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

McBain didn’t have to go far for a Highland Conference victory Tuesday night. The Ramblers went across town to battle McBain Northern Michigan Christian, and was able to notch a 43-33 win.

“Coming off homecoming week and lots of sickness, we played good enough to win the game, an important game since it was a conference win,” McBain head coach Drew Bronkema said. “Although we did not play with the intensity we should be playing with, nor the patience and team ball on both sides of the floor. We have got to get back to playing very intense defense and a fun-fast-team style on the offensive side. Alexis Gilde, Kahli Heuker and Emma Boonstra gave our team a spark.”

McBain held a 16-9 lead after the first quarter and led by 25-15 at the break and 33-23 entering the fourth.

Leading the Ramblers in the win was Emma Schierbeek with 19 points and Olyvia Nederhood was able to net eight.

For the Comets, Anna Lanser led the way with 11 points and Madelyn Benthem and Megan Bennett had eight apiece.

McBain (9-5 overall, 7-3 Highland) played at home against Roscommon on Thursday, hosts Pine River on Wednesday and battles Houghton Lake at home on Feb. 18.

NMC also played at Manton on Friday, Jan. 31, where it suffered a 61-36 league setback.

The Comets played from behind the whole way, trailing 11-6 after one and 29-21 at the half.

“We lost to a great basketball team,” NMC head coach Rich Bennett said. “We played a great first half and struggled to get the ball up the floor due to Manton’s press and trap.

Bennett led the team with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ryleigh Langton added nine points and eight rebounds.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29 the Comets were able to win at Roscommon, 39-26.

“Roscommon played a great game,” Bennett said. “I told our team at halftime that we were allowing too many shots by Roscommon and if they start making them, we will be in trouble.”

NMC held a slim 9-6 lead after the first but extended that gap to 17-9 at the half and 33-16 entering the fourth.

“We came out of halftime a different team for the better than what we played in the first half,” Bennett said. “It was great to see our entire team in the game and see them move the ball around.”

Leading the way in this contest was Lanser with 13 points, four rebounds and three steals, Benthem added nine points, seven rebounds and three steals and Ally Krick was good for seven points, five rebounds and three steals.

NMC (9-6, 6-6) played at Houghton Lake on Thursday, hosts Evart Wednesday and plays at Lake City on Friday, Feb. 14.

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