Lady Comets top Brimley, win Christmas tourney title

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The Mackinaw City varsity girls basketball team captured the first annual Mackinaw City Christmas Tournament title with a victory over Brimley at home on Thursday, Dec. 23.
The Mackinaw City varsity girls basketball team captured the first annual Mackinaw City Christmas Tournament title with a victory over Brimley at home on Thursday, Dec. 23.

MACKINAW CITY — It was their toughest test of the season by far, but the Mackinaw City varsity girls basketball team still came out of it with a victory.

Despite a second-half surge from Brimley, the Lady Comets remained unbeaten with a hard-fought 59-52 win over the Bays in the final of the first annual Mackinaw City Christmas Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 23.

Leading 19-10 after one quarter, the Lady Comets used a 15-2 scoring advantage in the second to build a 34-12 halftime lead.

However, the Bays chipped away in the third to cut their deficit to 14 after three.

The Bays eventually made it a single-digit contest, but the Comets did more than enough to hang on for the win.

Madison Smith led the Comets with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four blocks while Marlie Postula tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Larissa Huffman had nine points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals, Gabi Bell finished with eight points, four rebounds and three steals, and Raeann Hingston added six points, four rebound, three assists and three steals.

"I was proud of the ladies' resilience and teamwork to pull out this victory against the Bays," said Mackinaw City coach Jake Huffman. "Gabi (Bell) and Madison (Smith) hit some key shots in the fourth while Marlie (Postula) and Larissa (Huffman) closed it out at the line. Raeann (Hingston) played tremendous defense on some of Brimley's really talented guards. We received some huge minutes from Jersey (Beauchamp), Gracie (Beauchamp), and Julia (Sullivan) off the bench that enabled us to build a solid first half lead. Our teamwork and team depth was definitely a difference in winning this game.

"I am proud of how hard my girls are playing and the effort they put into every game."

Sullivan (four points, four rebounds), Gracie Beauchamp (two points, two rebounds, two steals) and Jersey Beauchamp (one rebound, one steal) also chipped in for Mackinaw City.

"Our season will continue to see some tough opponents, and we will need to continue to work to get better with the likes of Cedarville, St. Ignace and Inland Lakes coming up, along with some of our tougher Northern Lakes Conference opponents coming out of break," Huffman said.

Mackinaw City (4-0, 2-0) will head to Ellsworth for a conference clash on Friday, Jan. 7

Whipkey, Comet boys rout Maplewood Baptist

Earlier in the day, Cooper Whipkey finished with 25 points, five steals, three assists and two rebounds to lead the Mackinaw City varsity boys basketball team to a 61-34 victory over Maplewood Baptist.

The Comets (2-1) had a solid first half that helped build a 24-15 lead going into the break, then a dominant third period increased the Mackinaw City advantage to 45-26.

Lars Huffman finished with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, six blocks and five steals while Lucas Bergstrom tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal. Other contributors included Trystan Swanson (six points, six rebounds, two steals, one assist), Sabastian Pierce (six rebounds, two assists, two steals), Noah Valot (five rebounds, two steals, one assist, one block), Nick Vieau (three rebounds, three steals, two assists), Jalen DeWitt (one rebound, one block) and Travin Barkley (one rebound, one block).

Mackinaw City will travel to Ellsworth on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

This article originally appeared on Cheboygan Daily Tribune: Mackinaw City girls win Christmas tournament title

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