POWERS, Mich. — The Stephenson girls basketball team edged out North Central 65-57 on Tuesday night in a game that was a battle the whole way through. 

Autumn Rasner scored 9 of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter to help Stephenson get out to an 18-10 lead. 

“Autumn is one of our senior leaders and it was really nice to see her get out to a hot start,” Stephenson coach Shanna Beal said. “She’s been scoring in double-digits lately, but she hasn’t been herself. So it was great to see her start fast because the team feeds off her.”

North Central couldn’t gain any ground after the first quarter as Stephenson kept switching its defenses and continued its strong play. In the second, third and fourth quarters each team scored 47 total points, allowing the Eagles to come away with the win. 

“(The game) was a battle the whole way through,” Beal said. “I took some timeouts in some crucial moments and we switched up our defenses and the girls played a really good game. I’m proud of how everyone played tonight.”

Emily Johnson led Stephenson with a career-high 22 points and nine rebounds; Rasner had 18; Makayla Johnson added 12 and Karlee Kuntze had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

Andi Arsenault led North Central with 15 and Bri Arsenault added 14.