Jackson-area basketball highlights: Cottingham sets new career-high against Coldwater

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JACKSON – There was a full schedule of games on the docket Thursday in the Jackson area and most were filled with some impressive individual performances that helped teams clinch pivotal league wins.

Below are highlights and reactions to all of the games from the Jackson area for Feb. 17-18, 2021.


Coldwater 59, Parma Western 53

The Cardinals used a fourth-quarter rally to upend the Panthers on Thursday for an Interstate Eight Conference road win.

Trey Cottingham finished with a career-high 30 points, including four 3-pointers and a 10-for-10 performance from the free-throw line, to power Western (0-4). Landon French added 13 points, Gavin Price had six points along with a career-high 17 rebounds and Michael Herrington added eight rebounds.

“Our guys played really hard tonight,” said Western head coach Ryan Mulnix. “We are really shorthanded, and our guys are battling every night. If we reduce our turnovers and get some of our guys healthy, we will be a tough team to beat down the stretch.”

Chelsea 51, Jackson 35

The Bulldogs established a 26-15 lead at halftime and fended off a late rally from the Vikings in the fourth quarter to record an SEC White win Thursday.

Cayman Harris scored 10 points to lead Jackson (0-2), while LeRay Griffin and Dylan Hartzell each added six points and Jarrell Harrell and Tavion Tanner each had four points.

Lumen Chrsti’s Jermaine Buckner (30) rebounds the ball in front of Jackson Northwest’s Donavon Tenney (12) during a boys high school basketball game at Northwest High School on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Jackson Northwest won the game over Lumen Chrsti, 36-33.J. Scott Park |

Jackson Northwest 36, Lumen Christi 33

Dawson White scored 14 points to lead the Mounties, while Ian Weller added 11 points.

Jermaine Buckner scored 13 points to lead Lumen Christi, including 11 points in the first half.

PHOTOS: Images from Northwest-Lumen Christi boys basketball game on Feb. 18, 2021.

Hanover-Horton 62, Napoleon 47

The Comets jumped out to a 32-20 lead in the first half and fended off the Pirates in the second half to secure a Cascades Conference win Thursday night.

Conner Mortimer finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists to lead Hanover-Horton (5-0), while Brogan Brockie added 10 points and nine rebounds. Kyler Rod had nine points and four assists, Garrett Gumper had seven points, five assists and three rebounds, Scotty Bolton had seven points and Jack Burmis had six points.

“We played a pretty complete game tonight,” said Hanover-Horton head coach Chad Mortimer. “The guys were focused and ready, and they played very well on both ends. We really moved the ball against their zone in the first half and knocked down some shots. I thought we did a nice job of moving the ball and making the extra pass.

“Kyler Rod had a great game with his defense, hitting three 3-pointers and finding the open man consistently. Garrett had a real nice second half and Conner had another nice game. We got great play all game from our bench. Burmis, Bolton and (Logan) Shepard all did a lot of positive things. It was a big win for us.”

Hartley Marvin scored 12 points to lead Napoleon (2-2), while Alex Darnell added 10 points and Grant Bradley added seven points.

Michigan Center 77, East Jackson 42

The Cardinals outscored the Trojans 44-26 in the second half to roll to a Cascades Conference win Thursday night.

Brock Cyrocki scored 17 points and added five rebounds to lead Michigan Center (2-1), while Kaden Shannon added 10 points and six assists. McBride had nine points, Kosmet 3 added seven points, four assists and six rebounds, Dylan Hinkle had seven points and three rebounds, Williams had seven points and four rebounds, Joe Olkowski had six points and four rebounds and Matt Brown had five points.

Austin McKessy finished with 11 points, two assists and two rebounds to lead East Jackson (2-1), while Jacob Buckland added 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks and Jake Swiontek had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Hanover-Horton hosts Grass Lake in boys basketball

Grass Lake’s Brennen Bargesser (33) shoots the ball during a high school boys basketball game at Hanover-Horton High School on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Hanover-Horton won the game over Grass Lake, 67-48.J. Scott Park |

Grass Lake 47, Manchester 37

The Warriors used a 20-point fourth quarter to pull away late and pick up a Cascades Conference win Tuesday over the Flying Dutchmen.

Brennen Bargesser finished with 23 points to lead Grass Lake (1-3), while Carson Farley added 11 points and Travis Fernamberg had eight points.

Ryan Mann led Manchester (0-3) with 14 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, while Cade VanBogelen finished with a career-high 10 rebounds and Preston Mackenzie added 12 points.

Vandercook Lake 79, Addison 43

The Jayhawks rolled past the Panthers for another Cascades Conference win Thursday night thanks to four players reaching double-digit scoring.

Gaven Cooper finished with 17 points to lead Vandercook Lake (3-2), while Anthony Jimenez added 15 points, Demarion Smith had 14 points and Avery Pierce scored 11 points.

“Our defense will always be the key to our success,” said Vandercook Lake head coach Cory Ray. “Lately, it just seems like on any given night, any one of these guys can be the leader of the pack on the defensive end.

“Avery Pierce was that guy tonight and his energy was contagious. He single-handedly set the tone for us on the defensive end. He went to the boards hard and seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. When he comes out of the game, he grabs a towel and starts leading the bench in cheering everyone else on. That’s not something you see every day. That’s selflessness at its best.”

Freshman Seth Brown scored 13 points to lead Addison (0-1) in their season-opener.

Stockbridge 54, Perry 38

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Western hosts Northwest in girls basketball

Jackson Northwest’s Megan Swartz (22) goes for the ball during a high school girls basketball game at Western High School on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Western won the game over Northwest.J. Scott Park |

Jackson Northwest 56, Lumen Christi 33

The Mounties used a 21-8 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Titans for an Interstate Eight Conference win Thursday night.

Madi Neitzke finished with 12 points to lead Northwest (4-1), while Ashley Weller added 11 points, Mary Crowley had eight points, Mallory Anspaugh added seven points and Layne Sleight and Megan Swartz each added six points.

“We weren’t perfect tonight, but our girls battled through some tough stretches and found a way to pull away from a solid Lumen team,” said Northwest head coach Ryan Carroll. “We hit some big shots and got a number of easy transition looks in the third, which was definitely our best quarter tonight. Our scoring was very balanced again and our girls are buying into a ‘team first’ mentality When they are doing that, they are tough to guard.”

Khiya Hunt scored nine points and added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead Lumen Christi (2-1), while Chloe Pryson added eight points, nine rebounds and two assists and Alison O’Dowd had eight points and six rebounds and Caitee Webster had five points.

Parma Western 51, Coldwater 30

The Panthers opened the game on a 12-5 run and fending off the Cardinals in the second half for an Interstate Eight Conference win Thursday night.

Hillary Griffin finished with 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead Western (4-0), while Alyna Lewis had 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Lilli Luma had eight points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists, Reece Hitt added seven points, four assists and two steals, and Nicole Shellburg had four points.

Columbia Central 52, Edwardsburg 38

The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 27-13 lead over the Eddies and held off a late rally to secure a non-conference road win Thursday night.

Zoie Bamm finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Columbia Central (3-1), while Tadessa Brown added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Taiya Fletcher had five points and five assists.

Concord 45, Quincy 33

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Springport 56, Union City 25

The Spartans used a 19-3 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Chargers for a Big Eight Conference win Thursday night.

Ryann Overweg finished with 18 points, eight steals, four assists and four steals to lead Springport (2-1), while Maddux Overweg added 15 points, four assists, four steals and one blocks and Keleigh Larocque had seven points and two steals.

Homer 44, Reading 27

The Trojans jumped out to a 28-9 lead in the first half and held on for an Interstate Eight Conference win over the Rangers on Thursday.

Paige Austin finished with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead Homer (3-1), while Erin Willis added nine points and nine rebounds, Kennedy Miller had eight points, 12 rebounds, four steals and two blocks and Jamee Bussing had five points.

Jonesville 44, Bronson 37

Emma Rounds finished with 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Comets (3-1), while Nat Doyle added nine points, Brianna Hansen added seven points and M.J. Lehman had five rebounds.

“Every game we play in our league will be a slugfest,” said Jonesville head coach Tom Dunn. “We will work on some things and head to Ypsilanti Arbor Prep on Saturday.”

Dundee 68, Hillsdale 45

The Vikings jumped out to a 39-16 lead in the first half and cruised to a Lenawee County Athletic Association win Thursday night.

Sarah Korn finished with 16 points to lead the Hornets (0-3), while Grace Vondra added eight points and Grace Terpening and Megan Rufenacht each added six points.

Stockbridge 61, Perry 20

Gwen Rogozinski finished with 19 points to lead the Panthers (3-1), while Kaylee Dalton added 16 points and five assists. Grace Hall had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals, Chelsey Asquith added six points and five rebounds and Brooklyn Rochow had four points and five rebounds.


Concord 60, Union City 48

The Yellowjackets finished the game on a 22-8 run to pick up a Big Eight Conference win Wednesday night. Graeley Sprague finished 15 points, while Anthony Evans added 13 points, Ross Weeks had 11 points and Isaac O’Dell scored eight points.

Homer 59, Bronson 31

Lowyind Pullen scored 17 points and added 14 rebounds to lead the Trojans, while Damaso Lebron added 14 points, six rebounds and four assists and Kyle Landis added 10 points and six rebounds.

Quincy 56, Springport 30

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Stockbridge 72, Vermontville Maple Valley 43

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Camden-Frontier 73, Jackson Christian 38

Jacob Dysert led the Royals with seven points, while Tate Jacobs added six points.

Manchester 63, Addison 21

The Flying Dutch jumped out to a 36-11 lead in the first half and rolled to a Cascades Conference win Wednesday night.

Peyton Fether scored 20 points to lead Manchester, while Jordyn Porter added 14 points, Marlena Ballnik had 10 points and Cassidy Reames scored eight points.

McKenna Corbin and Allison Beougher each scored five points to lead Addison.

Stockbridge 67, Vermontville Maple Valley 33

The Stockbridge Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated Maple Valley 67-33.

Gwen Rogozinski led scoring with 27 points. Kaylee Dalton added 10 points.  Grace Hall had a big night with 8 points 12 rebounds and 5 blocks!  Madison Mazuca had 8 points and 7 rebounds.  Chelsey Asquith grabbed 9 rebounds.  Gracee Robidou added 8 points.

East Jackson 50, Napoleon 43

The Trojans held off a late rally from Napoleon to secure a Cascades Conference win Wednesday. Brynn Mericle finished with 12 points, four steals and three rebounds, while Addisynn Rudd added 11 points, six steals, three rebounds and three assists. Jordan Nicholson had nine points and two steals, Olivia Seymour added six points, seven rebounds and two blocks, and Jayden Green had six points and four rebounds.

Michigan Center 59, Hanover-Horton 15

Kamryn Shannon finished with 20 points, while Shea Tripp added 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven steals, six assists, and one block, Savannah Stewart had six points, two steals, and three assists and Sam Wynn added six points and four rebounds.


Addison at Grass Lake, 7 p.m.

Vandercook Lake at Jackson Christian, 6:30 p.m.

Hudson at Columbia Central, 7 p.m.

Quincy at Concord, 7 p.m.

Reading at Homer, 7 p.m.

Bronson at Jonesville, 7 p.m.

Springport at Union City, 7 p.m.

Leslie at Lake Odessa Lakewood, 6 p.m.


Grass Lake at Manchester, 6 p.m.

Michigan Center at East Jackson, 6 p.m.

Hanover-Horton at Napoleon, 7 p.m.


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