Bobcats return to the court tonight

Whiteford’s basketball teams will continue their quests for Tri-County Conference championships tonight.

THE BOBCAT GIRLS will play at home against Madison. Whiteford is 9-4 overall and 7-1 in the TCC, a game behind Morenci (8-0 in TCC). Madison is 6-7 overall, but 6-3 in the league and have won five of its past six TCC games. The Trojans resurgence has been, at least in part, to the return of Laura Teunion-Smith to the lineup.

In the past five games, Teunion-Smith has averaged 13.8 points a game. Against Morenci Thursday, Teunion-Smith scored 17 points and pulled down 22 rebounds. Morenci had to come back from a 35-33 deficit with 15 seconds remaining to beat the Trojans 37-35.

For the Bobcats, Baylee Baldwin continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging more than 17 points a game. She also has hit a TCC-leading 25 3-pointers on the season:

PLAYER SCHOOL 3FG (all games)
Baylee Baldwin Whs 25
McKenna Shaffer Morenci 17
Sydney Amsdill Clinton 15
Emma LaRocca Summ 14
Daelyn Merillat Morenci 12
Lindsey Morris Madison 11
Olivia Warner BD 10
Morgan Gillen Morenci 10
Mady Schmitz Morenci 10

Baldwin is also nearing a career milestone. She has made 68 career 3-pointers, two behind the all-time Whiteford career record for 3’s:

Emily Ritzenthaler 70
Baylee Baldwin 68
Lindsey Bixler 66
Janie Bunge 62
Mariah DuPree 33

THE WHITEFORD’S BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM is 7-0 in league play and have a two-game lead in the standings over both Sand Creek and Summerfield in starting the second round of league action. The Bobcats made its first appearance in the Class C boys basketball rankings by the Detroit Free Press this week and are 9-2 overall.

Whiteford is doing it with defense. The Bobcats are allowing only 38.7 points per game in TCC contests – nearly 12 points fewer than any other league team:

Whiteford 461 65.9 271 38.7
Sand Creek 394 56.3 353 50.4
Clinton 369 52.7 362 51.7
Summerfield 433 61.9 371 53.0
Britton Deerfield 344 49.1 377 53.9
Morenci 325 46.4 382 54.6
Madison 282 40.3 397 56.7
Whitmore Lake 360 51.4 455 65.0

Madison picked up its first win of the season last week against Whitmore Lake and is scoring a league-low 40.3 points a game.

Whiteford is aiming at its first TCC title since 2011-12.

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