Prep Roundup: First AP poll out for Michigan high school girls basketball; Brethren girls beat Buckley behind balanced attack; Mesick boys topple Crossroads

Jan. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — The first Michigan Associated Press poll for varsity high school girls basketball was released Monday, and several area teams earned spots in their division's respective top 10.

No area teams made the Division 1 top 10 that features three undefeated teams at the top in No. 1 West Bloomfield (7-0), No. 2 Rockford (9-0) and No. 3 Detroit Renaissance (10-0). The lone local team to make an appearance was 6-0 Cadillac, which received one point to make the list.

Division 2 also did not have any area teams in the top 10 nor did any receive a vote to make the list. Two 8-0 teams were tied atop the D2 poll with Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard and Detroit Edison both receiving 70 points from the AP voters. Grand Rapids West Catholic (7-1) was ranked third with 68 points.

Three area squads made the Division 3 top 10 as 7-2 Lake City came in at No. 7 followed by 8-1 Manton at No. 8 and 8-1 Elk Rapids at No. 9. Each one of those teams features players in contention for the Record-Eagle Girls Basketball Player of the Year — MacKenzie Bisballe and Alie Bisballe from Lake City, Lauren Wilder from Manton, and Morgan Bergquist and Kendall Standfest from Elk Rapids.

Harbor Springs (5-2), led by another R-E PotY contender in Olivia Flynn, earned four points to make the list led by No. 1 Niles Brandywine (7-0), No. 2 Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory (7-2) and No. 3 Michigan Center (10-0).

The Lake Leelanau St. Mary Eagles (8-1) hold the highest ranking among area teams at No. 6 in Division 4. St. Mary received 22 points with Ishpeming (6-0) in at No. 1 followed by Colon (7-0) at No. 2 and Fowler at No. 3 (8-1). Glen Lake was just outside the top 10 at No. 11 with 14 points.

The second Michigan AP varsity high school boys basketball poll was also released Monday. Traverse City West received a vote for one point but did not make the top 10 in Division 1. No area teams made the Division 2 list, while McBain (7-1) came in at No. 4 and Charlevoix (9-1) was No. 13 in Division 3. Glen Lake (6-2) earned 34 points to make it to No. 8 in Division 4. Bellaire (7-2) was No. 13 with 14 points, and Frankfort earned one point to make the list.


Brethren 50

Buckley 36

Brethren: Grace Kidd 7 points; 2 assists; Olivia Sexton 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 steals; Paige Gutowski 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; Alice Amstutz 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists; Maddy Biller 8 points; 3 rebounds; Elly Sexton 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists; Stella Estes 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 2 assists.

Buckley: Kayla Milarch 20 points, 6 rebounds; Maddie Chilson 10 points, 5 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Bobcats (5-1, 4-0 West Michigan D) host Baldwin on Tuesday. The Bears (4-5, 1-3 Northwest) travel to Manistee Catholic Central on Wednesday.

Ellsworth 52

Central Lake 25

Ellsworth: Isabella Essenberg 17 points; Avery Strange 12 points; Nora Puroll 8 points; Ruby Pletcher 8 points

UP NEXT: The Lancers (6-3, 4-1 Northern Lakes) head to Harbor Light on Monday. The Trojans (0-7, 0-4 Ski Valley) host Gaylord St. Mary on Wednesday.

Gaylord SM 57

Onaway 19

Gaylord St. Mary: Payton Glasby 21 points; Kaylee Jeffers 14 points; Amira Cook 9 points.

UP NEXT: The Snowbirds (5-3, 4-1 Ski Valley) travel to Central Lake on Wednesday.


Buckley 55

Suttons Bay 47

Suttons Bay: Finn Mankowski 17 points; Grayson Opie 14 points; Urijah TwoCrow 12 points.

UP NEXT: The Bears (7-5, 3-3 Northwest) host Onekama on Thursday. The Norsemen (3-5, 1-4 Northwest) travel to Cadillac Heritage on Tuesday.

Mesick 46

BR Crossroads 11

Mesick: Ty Redman 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Landon Hall 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Isaac Stroh 9 points, 3 steals.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs (4-9, 4-5 West Michigan D) battle Brethren on Friday.