Prep basketball: Rayders close regular season with victory
Second-ranked Hornets improve to 18-1
Christopher Hass (left) tossed in 25 points Tuesday as Pellston improved to 18-1 with a victory over St. Ignace. (News-Review file photo)
The Rayders improved to 12-8. They open Class C district play on Wednesday, March 7, in their gym against either East Jordan or Boyne City.
“We know we have a very difficult district,” Charlevoix coach Adam Wood said. “It’s tournament time and you’ll never know who you’ll face, so we’re just trying to keep the guys on a normal schedule, trying to get some guys healthy and we’ll try to keep our rhythm.”
Isiah Woodard scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Chiefs, 5-14.
Charlevoix won the JV game, 64-34. For the Rayders, who close a 14-6 season, Zach Hankins had 20 points and Nick Plude added 10.
Pellston 79, St. Ignace 27
ST. IGNACE — Christopher Hass had a game-high 25 points along with 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals as the Hornets rolled to a non-league win Tuesday.
Pellston, which is 18-1 and ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Class D state poll, also got 12 points and four steals from Zak Kruskie, 10 points and eight rebounds from Andy Hamlin, and 12 boards from Max Ketterer.
Jake Freidenstab and Dale Stark also had eight points apiece for the Hornets, who led 43-15 at halftime and 62-24 after the third quarter.
“We scored nine points in the first 45 seconds of the game and we had a lot of kids who stepped up,” Pellston coach Cliff Hass said. “Defensively, we just took St. Ignace right out of their game.”
Curtis St. Louis had eight points for St. Ignace, 7-11.
St. Ignace won the JV game, 52-44.
Suttons Bay 67, Harbor Springs 57
HARBOR SPRINGS — Jared Orban and Mason Darling had 19 points apiece as the Norsemen handed the Rams a loss in their regular-season finale.
Suttons Bay, 13-6, led 20-11 at the end of the first quarter and the advantage to 44-29 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, Suttons Bay was in front, 58-43.
“Emotionally, we just didn’t seem to have any zip tonight,” said Harbor coach Geoff Morse, whose team is 7-13. “We didn’t get to loose balls and mentally we didn’t seem to always be in it. We had a huge size advantage, but didn’t take advantage of it.”
Neal Zoerhof had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Harbor, while Spencer Kloss added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Peter Lauer had 14 points.
Harbor Springs will face Mancelona, 10-8, in a Class C district contest at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Charlevoix High School.
“We’ve been kind of up and down lately and we can’t afford to have any more nights off,” Morse said.