SSC girls win big at Pinconning
PINCONNING — Standish-Sterling's strength this season has been its defense, and the Panthers cracked down on Friday, holding Pinconning to 22 points through the first three quarters of Friday's 63-43 victory.
The SSC girls finished in a third-place tie with John Glenn in the NEMC girls basketball standings with the win.
The Panthers held Pinny's Jessica Vidalez, who averages more than 17 points a game, scoreless until the final quarter while building a 50-23 lead.
Kayla Hilyard and Heather Robinson did much of the damage in the first half, combining for 15 points as the Panthers built a 31-16 lead at the break.
Robinson and Hilyard led SSC with 10 points apiece, with Abbye Gulvas adding nine and Kelsye Mielke and Christina Proulx scoring eight each.
Vidalez and Ashley Mrozinski each tallied nine for the Spartans and Lauren Pilot added eight.
SSC (12-8, 5-5 NEMC) opens district tournament play Monday at Houghton Lake against the host squad.
Pinny (5-15, 2-8) is at Garber on Monday and plays John Glenn in its district opener.