2016-12-08 / Sports

Girls Basketball: Cedarville Trojans Defeat Boyne City Ramblers in Defensive Battle

By Stephen King


Jewell LaForest looking for the rebound. Jewell LaForest looking for the rebound. The Trojans of Cedarville won when they hosted the Ramblers of Boyne City Friday, December 2, and with the season just getting underway, both teams had to shake off a little off-season rust. The game was oriented toward defense.

Scoring began when Mackenzie Barr went in along the base line and hit a short one from just inside the paint. Almost immediately, Katie Hoth hit a two for the Ramblers. But Caroline Freel came right back and matched that for the Trojans.

Then, both teams went into a hard defensive posture, both using a full court press and using it well. By the end of the quarter, the score was 8-6 in favor of Cedarville. The defensive battle continued pretty evenly through the next quarter. One ray of sunlight for the Trojans was Kylie Hill. She kept drawing fouls and swishing the shots from the line. In the second quarter, she drained 11 out of 12 to give her team the edge in points and add half a dozen fouls to the Ramblers total. This gave the Trojans a 21-13 lead at the half, and the momemtum.


In the junior varsity game, Lily Freel looks for a way around Brooklyn Fitzpatrick. Lily led the Trojans JV with 19 points. In the junior varsity game, Lily Freel looks for a way around Brooklyn Fitzpatrick. Lily led the Trojans JV with 19 points. In the next half, Cedarville was able to keep up the pressure on defense. In the third quarter, they were extremely tough, allowing only four points while they kept adding points to the board. Going into the last quarter, the game was theirs. They did not let up and were able to come away with the 47-29 victory.

Trojans Coach Ryan Wilson said, “Boyne City is a physical and aggressive team. We know when we play them they have come to play and we’re going to be facing a great defense. The first half was pretty close. But, in the second half, we were able to keep our defense strong and get our offense going. And, at the end of the night, we got the win. We still have a lot of work to do. We need to improve on our passing and get our turnovers down. I’m proud of the way the team played tonight. They played hard the entire game. Even in the last couple minutes, when it looked like we had the win, they never let up.”


At right: Caroline Freel goes for two with a jumper from just outside the line. At right: Caroline Freel goes for two with a jumper from just outside the line. Statistics:

Cedarville: Kylie Hill 15 points, Caroline Freel 10 points, Mackenzie Barr 10 points, Elissa Griffin nine points, Gina Augugliaro two points, Hannah Perkins one point. Free throws: 19-26. Fouls: 14

Boyne City: Katie Hoth nine points, Katelyn Gabos seven points, Reagan May five points, Avery Stadt two points, Maddy Coleman two points, Olivia Looze two points, Maddy Bates two points. Free throws: 11-17. Fouls: 17.

Also that evening, the Cedarville Trojans junior varsity took a victory over their Boyne City counterparts. That contest saw the Trojans take control early and never look back. At the half, they led 17-10. In the next half, the younger Trojans kept their Rambler counterparts in check and took the win 43-30.

Cedarville statistics: Lily Freel 19 points, Kylee Call 13 points, Alyssa Cloud four points, Isabella Cason two points, Morgan McLeod two points, Jewell LaForest two points, Hope Hester one point.

The Ramblers were led by Anna Smith with eight points and Annabelle Seeley with four points.

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