TUSCOLA -- It took St. Teresa longer than it liked to find its rhythm against Tuscola, but the Bulldogs had it by the second quarter.
Tuscola hung onto a 12-11 game after the first quarter, before the Bulldogs outscored the Warriors 14-5 to end the half and 38-10 in the second half. The Bulldogs won 64-26.
"I thought we started out slow," St. Teresa coach Tom Noonan said. "I was disappointed in the first quarter's intensity."
Noonan said the Bulldogs responded after a first-quarter timeout and Christian Williams help them find their stride.
Williams finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
"Christian did a good job initiating the offense," Noonan said. "He had a good time with shooting and finding the open guy. He did a good job of leading, especially in the second half."
Also for St. Teresa, JD Mattingly had nine points and Jake Handley six.
For Tuscola, Zach Bates had nine points and Nick Bates seven.
Meridian 60, Central A&M 57
MOWEAQUA -- Neither team led by more than six points, but Drake Baker and Layne Kircher made four free throws in the final seconds to secure a three-point win for Meridian.
"We made them at the end when they counted," Meridian coach Jack Blickensderfer said. "It was good to see us make them when we had to."
The Hawks led by 37-34 after a high-scoring first half, then handled the close game in a slower second half that included an 8-6 third quarter.
Quan Bradford led Meridian with 15 points, while Baker added 13.
For Central A&M, Kolby Ohl scored a team-high 13 points.
Dieterich 82, Windsor 25
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DIETERICH -- The Movin' Maroons had a blast capturing the school record for wins in a season as they moved to 26-0 on the year.
"We're hopefully setting some bars really high for somebody else to chase in the future," Dieterich coach Jeff Staser said. "We got everybody in, all 15 players scored. We were very excited."
Leading the 15 scorers, Alex Bohnhoff finished with 14 points and Lance Niemerg added 10. Cody Gephart came off the bench to score 15.
The Movin' Maroons led 25-4 after the first quarter and held Windsor to only eight points in the first half.
"We came out, hit a few buckets early, and it was off to the races," Staser said.
Charleston 65, Newton 56
CHARLESTON – Hitting 3-pointers on his first two shots in the game's first 69 seconds, Will Strader went on to score a varsity-career high 34 points leading Charleston a non-conference win over Newton.
Suddenly, this is a Charleston team on a roll, winning two straight to improve to 5-17 after suffering through a 12-game losing streak.
“I think it's confidence,” Strader said of the difference. “Just getting hot in the Salem game.”
Strader wound up making 13 of 18 shots, including 4 of 6 3-pointers, to top his previous high of 31 points in a December loss at Salem.
“When he gets going he's tough to stop because he can knock down shots from the perimeter, but if you come out on him he can go around you,” Charleston coach Jim Wood said. “That was a jolt for our offense.”
Arthur-Lovington 60, Okaw Valley 37
ARTHUR – Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond picked up its seventh straight win as the Knights topped Okaw Valley in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division game.
Jeremy Plank had five 3-pointers and a total of 20 points for Arthur. Tyler Schuring had three 3-point goals and 14 points for the Knights. Avery Schrock led the team with six rebounds.
Arthur (18-4 overall, 4-0 LOVC) plays Arcola at home on Friday.