2018-03-01 / Sports

Lady Hornets move to district semis

By Sports Staff


Kearsley’s Grace Chandler works for a shot under the basket during Monday’s district win over Clio. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Kearsley’s Grace Chandler works for a shot under the basket during Monday’s district win over Clio. Photo by Brandon Pope FLINT – The Kearsley girls’ basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back during their 66-41 win over Clio during Monday’s first-round district action.

Kearsley started the game on fire and led 22-4 after the first quarter. The Lady Hornets then added another 22-point quarter in the second to take a commanding 44-14 lead at the half. Following the break, Kearsley’s offense slowed down as it was outscored 17-11 in the third quarter, but the Lady Hornets bounced back and closed the game out with an 11-10 scoring advantage in the fourth.

Jakeira Wash led Kearsley with 15 points while Sydney Walker added 14.

Kearsley (16-5) advanced to take on Saginaw Arthur Hill (5-12) in the district semifinals on Wednesday after press deadlines. The winner advanced to play either Davison (9-12) or Saginaw (6-10) in tomorrow’s district championship game at 7 p.m. at Kearsley. – A.V.

Div. 4 at Flint Beecher

Atherton (7-13) played Flint Hamady (13-6) in the district semifinals at Beecher after press deadlines on Wednesday night. Atherton received a bye to the semifinals. The winner will advance to the district championship, against the winner of Beecher-Montrose, tomorrow at Beecher at 6 p.m.

The season came to an end for Bendle during Monday’s district playoff opener at Flint Beecher with a loss to Flint Hamady, 64-54. Lindsey Ferrington led the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, Keishawna McGruder added 15 points and Sydney Malin tossed in 12.

“We held with them in the first quarter,” said coach Liane Steller. “They pulled away in the second but we made a run in the second half cutting the deficit to three points. Hamady’s low post game was too much for us to battle with and they pulled away to win the game. I’m very proud of the fight my girls made and have been making all season. They are a tough group of girls who I am lucky to coach.”

The season also came to a close for Bentley with a 72-13 loss to Flint Beecher in the opening round of the district playoff. Game details were not available prior to press deadlines. — B.P./J.O.

Other scores

ATHERTON: Last Friday, the Lady Wolverines lost to Genesee 41-27. Kaylynn Chilton led Atherton with 10 points. — J.O.

BENDLE: The Lady Tigers wrapped up the regular season in dominant fashion last Friday with a 58-16 win at home over Clarkston Everest Collegiate. McGruder led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds while Malin put up 12 points, five assists and four steals.

Ferrington got in on the action with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists and Latachia Arrington added 10 points and eight rebounds.

“Great overall team effort,” said Steller. “Very proud of these girls.”

The Lady Tigers pulled off a big win against a tough Flint Beecher team at home last Thursday, 59-52. McGruder poured in a team-high 25 points to go with her six rebounds and five steals. Ferrington chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds and Arrington recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.

“We came out flat in the first quarter,” said Steller. “Couldn’t hit any shots. Finally, we started attacking and got in a rhyme. Shoot well from the free throw line and fought our way back in the game.” – B.P.

BENTLEY: The Lady Bulldogs ended the regular season with their first victory of the year, going on the road and routing the Michigan School for the Deaf, 61-17. Bentley stormed out to a 17-3 lead and led big at the half, 32-7. The Bulldogs really gained some breathing room after a 22-4 run in the third quarter and had a 7-6 advantage in the final frame.

Morgan Ludwig posted a career-high 18 points to set the tone for Bentley while Kilee Leonard put up 10 points, only playing the first three quarters. Registering a season -high nine points, including her first triple, was Grace Corthals. – B.P.

KEARSLEY: Last Friday, the two teams clashed to close out both regular seasons, with Kearsley again getting the better of Clio, 71-47.

Zaria Mitchner scored 23 points to lead the Lady Hornets on the night. Wash added 15 and Mackenzie Ramey scored 14. – A.V.

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