Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Landon Kemp splits through Big Rapids’ defenders Grace White (10) and Crystal Brinker (23) for two points during the first half at home Tuesday. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

2nd half defense leads Greenville win

The Greenville and Big Rapids girls basketball teams have combined for 20 wins this season against just six losses. In a non-conference matchup, it was the Yellow Jackets adding to the win column with a hard, fought 59-46 win over the Cardinals at home Tuesday. Big Rapids started strong in the first half, but Greenville’s defensive intensity in the second half led to its seventh consecutive win.

Greenville senior Peyton Mount looks to make a pass during a game at Forest Hills Eastern in January. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls rolling through hoops season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team has won two O-K Bronze championships and one Class A district championship in the past three seasons. The Yellow Jackets are looking to add to that total. This, and nothing through the first 12 games of the season, would suggest otherwise.

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SPORTS GALORE: Michigan paying Jim Harbaugh to win

For the past 13 months, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has produced a steady stream of headlines. Some of them are by his own doing and some of them are strictly due to the 24/7 media cycle, which includes social media. I’m actually surprised I haven’t read an update about what Harbaugh ate for breakfast yet today. The latest stream of headlines, with signing day just five days away, has to do with the flow of Michigan graduate transfers, decommitting/committing recruits and the “evil” that is Jim Harbaugh.

Belding senior Katie Wood, right, takes a back step against Sparta defender Delaney Armock at home on Friday night. Wood scored a game-high 23 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding remains perfect in O-K Blue, defeats Sparta

Five down, five to go. The Belding Redskins girls basketball team reached the midway portion of the O-K Blue season with a perfect 5-0 record intact. In their latest victory, the Redskins used a strong first quarter and got a game-high 23 points from Katie Wood in a 60-39 home win at Sparta on Friday.

Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles (13) sends a pass across the court with Vestaburg’s Andreya McCarty defending during Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal firing on all cylinders in win over Vestaburg

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles girls basketball team is preparing for a tough final month of its season. In doing so, they closed out January on a high. The Eagles were firing on all cylinders in a 79-10 MSAC win against rival Vestaburg at home on Thursday.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford shoots a 3-point shot from the corner in front of Lakeview’s Amanda Larson during the first half at home on Tuesday. Ledford led all scorers with 21 points in the Hornets win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm downs rival Lakeview 47-31

It had been a long time since Central Montcalm defeated rival Lakeview in girls basketball. The Wildcats looked out of sync from the opening tip, while the Hornets came ready to play in a 47-31 win at home on Tuesday.

Lakeview’s Nolan Saxton, right, fights for position against Chippewa Hills’ Austin Spedowski during the 135-pound final at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Saxton won by decision 4-2. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Saxton eyes individual state championship

Nolan Saxton has established himself as being one of the best wrestlers in the state. The two-time state placer — seventh as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore — is currently ranked No. 5 at 130 pounds in Division 3 by michigangrappler.com. Saxton, a junior, is 29-3 this year with a career record of 107-14. All three losses this year have come to past individual state champions.

Belding’s Maison Krieger goes for a pin against Grandville’s Michael Carrasco during the 130-pound semifinal at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Krieger placed second. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding wrestlers look to carry momentum

The Belding Redskins wrestling team put on a good showing at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Belding placed third out of 14 teams behind Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1 by michigangrappler.com) and Chippewa Hills (ranked No. 3 in Division 3). In all, nine Belding wrestlers placed out of 12 at the individual tournament.

Montabella’s Carson Dalrymple, on bottom, tries to hold his position against Ionia’s Cole Cudney during the semifinals of the 103-pound division on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Chippewa Hills wrestlers win Lakeview Invitational

The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.

Greenville senior Mackenzie Bell moves to ball against Forest Hills Eastern’s Hannah Syme (31) during Friday’s 69-52 O-K Bronze road win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls pick up another league road win

ADA TOWNSHIP — A quick start and strong finish helped the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team to its third consecutive victory. Landon Kemp’s 19 points led four Greenville scorers in double figures in a 69-52 win at Forest Hills Eastern on Friday. It was Greenville’s third straight league road game to open the O-K Bronze [...]