Hoops Roundup: Kingsley falls in district semis to Sault Ste. Marie; Harbor Springs' Olivia Flynn surpasses program's all-time scoring record

Feb. 29—KINGSLEY — Thursday proved to be the end of the road for the Kingsley varsity boys basketball team, but the Stags drove for as long as they could before seeing their season end in their home gym.

The visiting Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils (14-9) knocked off Kingsley (10-13) by a 36-29 final in a hard-fought, fast-paced and pressure-filled Division 2 district semifinal.

Scoring was difficult to come by in the first quarter as the Blue Devils led the Stags, 6-3, after the first eight minutes of play. Kingsley's only points came on a corner 3-pointer from Skylar Workman.

The pedal was to the metal on the defensive end for both teams and points remained at a premium in the second quarter, leading to a 13-11 Kingsley lead at the half after a spectacular up-and-under basket from Eli Graves.

The Stags led 21-17 halfway through the third quarter, but a few turnovers proved costly as the Blue Devils went on an 8-1 run to take a 25-22 advantage. The Soo would not surrender the lead the rest of the game.

The loss ends the high school hoops careers of seven Kingsley players as Workman, Graves, Ty Morgan, Jameson Stewart, Grant Kolbusz, Gavin Dear and Noah Scribner all laced up their basketball shoes for the final time as Stags.

The Blue Devils advance to Friday's district championship game against Boyne City.


Harbor Springs' Flynn surpasses program's all-time scoring mark

HARBOR SPRINGS — You break it, you own it.

Harbor Springs' girls basketball sensation junior Olivia Flynn broke the school's all-time scoring record of 1,642 points in Thursday's 64-19 win over Inland Lakes.

Flynn sunk an easy layup in the first quarter to surpass the record and ended the night with a game-high 27 points.

"I knew going into the game I could break it," Flynn said. "It feels amazing."

Harbor Springs head coach Amy Flynn was happy to see her daughter break the school record.

"It's hard to separate the mom and the coach because I am extremely proud of her," Amy said. "She worked hard for this and has earned every second of this moment."

The junior guard already has eight college offers. To be the best at Harbor Springs, Flynn noted she idolized Iowa women's basketball star Caitlin Clark.

"She is a great role model for girls like me," Flynn said. "I don't have the range she has, but I love her fight, will and determination to not only be a leader but be a scorer."

Flynn contributed to adding more history by helping the Division 3 seventh-ranked Rams extend their winning streak to 16 games — making it the longest winning streak the girls' basketball program has had in decades.

The Lake Michigan Conference co-champions have just six girls on the roster and have racked up a 20-2 overall record with district semifinals set for Wednesday.

"It has been a dream come true," Coach Flynn said. "These girls have surpassed expectations I had for them, and I have truly had six wonderful student-athletes who represent the school."

The Rams saw contributions from Bryleigh Rummer (10 points), Stefi Reskevics (eight points), Paige Keiser (eight points), Sophie Barandyn (seven points) and Marie Richardson (four points).


Boyne City 61

Kalkaska 42

UP NEXT: The Ramblers (13-10) play in Friday's D2 district championship game at Sault Area against the host Blue Devils. The Blazers conclude their season at 2-22.

Elk Rapids 62

Charlevoix 46

Elk Rapids: Christian Kerfoot 19 points; Haven Somers 15 points, 4 blocks; Owen Spencer 10 points; Keagen Cotterman 8 points.

Charlevoix: Peyton Scott 12 points, 7 rebounds; Joe Gaffney 12 points; Hudson Vollmer 9 points, 4 assists.

UP NEXT: The Elks (17-7) play in Friday's D3 district championship game at Charlevoix against Harbor Springs. The Rayders conclude their season at 17-6.

Harbor Springs 68

East Jordan 53

East Jordan: Korbyn Russel 20 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists; Lucas Stone 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists; Ellis Malpass 8 points, 5 rebounds; Ryder Malpass 6 points, 3 assists.

UP NEXT: The Rams (16-7) play in Friday's Division 3 district championship at Charlevoix against Elk Rapids. The Red Devils end their season at 9-15.

Bellaire 48

Ellsworth 42

Bellaire: Drake Koepke 28 points; Luca Menestrina 8 points; Jayden Hanson 9 points.

Ellsworth: Evincio LaCount 19 points; Patrick Puroll 15 points.

UP NEXT: The Eagles (19-4) play in Friday's Division 4 district title game at Gaylord. The Lancers' season ends at 11-13.

Gaylord SM 63(OT)

Central Lake 60

Gaylord St. Mary: Daniel Jacobson 24 points, 7 3-pointers; Brett Koscielniak 25 points.

UP NEXT: The Snowbirds (18-4) host Bellaire for the D4 district championship game on Friday. The Trojans conclude their season at 10-14.

Marquette 62(OT)

Gaylord 56

UP NEXT: The Blue Devils end their season at 11-13.


Muskegon 44

TC Central 42

Traverse City Central: Lucia France 21 points, 15 rebounds, 9 blocks, 3 assists; Jakiah Brumfield 11 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (16-5, 10-0 Big North) begin Division 1 district play on Wednesday.

Marion 52

Bear Lake 33

Bear Lake: Olivia Buckner 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals; Lily Artman 10 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks; Natalie Brown 5 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block; Cassidy Brown 8 rebounds, 2 assists.

UP NEXT: The Lakers (4-14, 2-10 West Michigan D) face Forest Area in the D4 district quarterfinals on Monday at Mesick.

BR Crossroads 53

Mesick 24

Mesick: Cassie Sexton 11 points; Adriana Winters 5 points.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs (5-15, 5-11 West Michigan D) host Walkerville on Saturday.

Boyne City 48

Bellaire 23

Bellaire: Genevieve Massey 14 points, 6 rebounds; Brooklyn Fischer 4 points, 5 rebounds; Brooklynn Stevens 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists.

UP NEXT: The Ramblers (9-13, 5-9 Lake Michigan) face Grayling in the D2 district quarterfinals on Monday at Petoskey.

Brethren 41

Manistee CC 26

Brethren: Alice Amstutz 15 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds; Maddy Biller 11 points, 1 block, 7 rebounds.

Manistee Catholic Central: Regan Leiffers 11 points, 12 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Bobcats (17-5, 14-0 West Michigan D) begin D4 district play on Wednesday at Mason Country Central. The Sabres (14-8, 11-3 West Michigan D) begin D4 district play on Wednesday at Mason Country Central.

Buckley 53

Mackinac Island 23

Buckley: Alison Moyer 11 points, 4 rebounds; Mikayla Kulawiak 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals.

UP NEXT: The Bears (8-14, 3-11 Northwest) play in the D4 district quarterfinals on Monday at Mesick against the host Bulldogs.

Cheboygan 49

Kalkaska 43

Kalkaska: Lucy Hall 24 points, 8 rebounds; Alyssa Colvin 6 points, 9 rebounds; Aly Sutton 6 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks.

UP NEXT: The Blazers (1-18, 0-14 Lake Michigan) face Cheboygan in the D2 district quarterfinals on Monday at Petoskey.

Lake City 71

Benzie Central 31

Lake City: MacKenzie Bisballe 35 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists; Alie Bisballe 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks; Lauren Booms 7 points; Baylie Eisenga 6 points, 4 assists; Payton Hogan 5 points, 5 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (20-2, 15-1 Highland) begin D3 district play at McBain on Wednesday. The Huskies (11-10, 8-6 Northwest) face Mason County Central in the D3 district quarterfinals on Monday at Manton.

Frankfort 44

Leland 26

Frankfort: Savina Anhalt 16 points; Addison Chownyk 10 points

Leland: Elli Miller 11 points, 4 rebounds; Mallory Lowe 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals.

UP NEXT: The Panthers (17-5, 9-5 Northwest) begin D4 district play on Wednesday at Mesick. The Comets (10-12, 4-10 Northwest) face Suttons Bay in the D4 district quarterfinals on Monday at home.

Manistee 57

Pine River 49

Manistee: Jayna Edmondson 19 points; Libby McCarthy 13 points; Alayna Edmondson 10 assists, 8 steals.

UP NEXT: The Mariners (8-13, 5-6 West Michigan Lakes) face Pine River in the D3 district quarterfinals on Monday at Manton.

Petoskey 49

Gaylord 25

UP NEXT: Petoskey (11-10, 4-6 Big North) begins D2 district play at home on Wednesday. The Blue Devils (9-12, 2-8 Big North) play in the D1 district quarterfinals at Alpena on Wednesday against the host Wildcats.

Lake Leelanau SM 61

Onekama 42

Lake Leelanau St. Mary: Kyla Barnowski 15 points, 14 rebounds; Delana Kirt 16 points, 10 rebounds; Leah Fleis 10 points, 11 rebounds; Della Bunek 10 points.

Onekama: Ava Mauntler 12 points; Callie Sinke 10 points.

UP NEXT: The Eagles (15-2) face Grand Traverse Academy in the D4 district quarterfinals on Monday at Leland.

Essexville 50

Cadillac 40

UP NEXT: The Vikings (13-9, 5-5 Big North) face Midland in the D1 district quarterfinals on Monday at Midland Dow.

Joburg 53

Pellston 6

UP NEXT: The Cardinals (17-5, 13-3 Ski Valley) begin D3 district play on Wednesday at home.

Gaylord SM 53

East Jordan 31

UP NEXT: The Snowbirds (14-8, 12-4 Ski Valley) begin Division 4 district play at home on Wednesday. The Red Devils (11-11, 5-9 Lake Michigan) face Traverse City St. Francis in D3 district quarterfinals on Monday at Johannesburg-Lewiston.