Junior high girls' basketball

Pontiac and St. Mary’s each posted two wins in junior high girls’ basketball on Tuesday.
Pontiac-Saratoga
Cadence Helms had a big night as Pontiac’s seventh grade Warriors cruised to a 48-16 victory over Morris. Helms had 17 points to lead seven PJHS players in scoring. Helms also grabbed 5 rebounds as eight players collected boards.
Keara Smith collected 8 points and 8 rebounds while Jayonnah Einhaus had 8 points for the Warriors (7-6). Mariah Fletcher contributed 6 points and 7 boards and Haylie Lindley had 4 points. Makyah Hartfield threw in 3 points with Aubrey Shepherd checking in with 2 markers. Taylor Merlino snared 4 caroms and Lindley had 3.
The eighth grade Warriors improved to 7-6 with a 59-23 win over Saratoga. PJHS got out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter and matched the Morris school in the second for a 24-16 halftime lead. A 13-point difference in the third period made it a 43-22 game heading into the last stanza.
Paityn Richardson and Mackenzie Coates each had 12 points while Riley Foster chipped in 10 for the Warriors. Makayla Niles added 8 points with Libby Larkin throwing in 6 and Trinity Bohm contributed 4 points. Annika VonHolten had 3 and Bailee Myers and Phantasia Johnson each had 2 markers.
Niles grabbed 10 rebounds with Richardson securing 8 missed shots and Foster corralling 7. Bohm added 3 boards and Johnson snared 3 caroms.
St. Mary’s-MVK
Bailey Masching had 12 points in each game as St. Mary’s defeated Mazon-Verona-Kinsman in seventh and eighth grade play.
Masching hit for a dozen markers in the seventh grade game as the Saints triumphed 24-12. Kate Leonard, Rosie Krenz, Alix Robinson and Jaden Lucas each had 2 points.
Aaliyah Daily was the leading scorer for SMS in the eighth grade game with 14 points as three Saints made double figures in a 40-21 victory. Masching added 12 and Carrington Gray threw in 10 points. Maddie Gourley had 2 points while Paige Collins and Leonard each had 1 point.