2017-12-07 / Sports

Bobcats stumble against Carman-Ainsworth

By Sports Staff

Grand Blanc’s Zada Lacy pushes the ball up court during the Bobcats’ loss on Tuesday. 
Photo by Kylee Richardson Grand Blanc’s Zada Lacy pushes the ball up court during the Bobcats’ loss on Tuesday. Photo by Kylee Richardson GRAND BLANC -- A stout Carman-Ainsworth girls’ basketball team proved to be too much for Grand Blanc in a 62-47 loss Tuesday at home. Carman-Ainsworth surged out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead and by halftime was up 27-18. The momentum continued in Carman- Ainsworth’s favor with a 16-9 third quarter. Only in the fourth did Grand Blanc outscore Carman-Ainsworth 20-18.

“We had too many turnovers which made for easy baskets for them,” said Grand Blanc coach Mike McKay. “We’re young but don’t have a lot of time to grow up with our schedule ahead but I know we can get there. We face No. 4 Saginaw Heritage Friday at home.”

Zada Lacy had 21 points, Katherine Mansour eight and Madison McKay six.

Last Thursday, Mansour and Sasha Greene led the Bobcats with 10 points apiece to help beat Lapeer 40-26. Lapeer has just eight players on its roster this season.

Grand Blanc raced out to a 14-4 first-quarter lead and was still ahead 23-14 by halftime. Lapeer pulled to within six but still trailed 29-23 by the end of the third stanza and Grand Blanc sealed the win with an 11-3 fourth quarter.

Madison McKay led Grand Blanc in rebounds with eight.

“It was a good defensive effort,” said McKay. “We got off to a good start, kept the lead and got the nice road win. Now the schedule gets tough when we play Carman- Ainsworth at home Tuesday.”

Arleah Jackson had eight points, Lacy had five points, McKay five and Abby Stedman four. — L.P.

GOODRICH: Goodrich improved to 2-1 on the season after topping Brandon 49-20 on Tuesday night. The Lady Martians took a massive 16-2 lead in the first quarter and extended the lead to 28-5 by halftime. Goodrich stayed hot in the second half, outscoring Brandon 18-9 in the third to lead 46-14 to put the game away. Brandon then added six in the fourth while Goodrich added only three.

Diamond Pate led the Martians with 19 points, five steals and four rebounds. Maddie Voelker chipped in 15 points and five steals. Raegan Lauinger also had seven steals.

On Saturday, Goodrich dropped a game to Ann Arbor Prep, losing 60-39. No individual stats or scores were reported prior to press deadlines.

Goodrich opened the season last Thursday with a narrow win over Kearsley for a 62-58 final. Goodrich took an 18-11 lead in the first and held on to the lead the entire game, never trailing. Kearsley closed the gap slightly in the second half, even tying it in the final minute, but Goodrich put the game away on a lay-up and a pair of made free throws.

Both teams exchanged buckets early on in the first, but Goodrich finally took the lead for good when Lauinger found Diamond Pate for a lay-up on a 2-on-1 fast break to give the Martians the lead at 5:37 in the first. Goodrich held strong for a 38-27 lead at half time.

But, Kearsley also picked up the pace to trail by four, 46-42, entering the final quarter. Goodrich held a three-point lead heading into the final minute, but Kearsley tied the game at 58-58 with 55 seconds left. Goodrich answered right back though as Molly Voelker hit a lay-up, followed by a pair of free throws to put the game away.

Pate led the Martians with 14 points. Maddie Voelker chipped in 12 and Ryan Darby had 11. Molly Voelker also snagged 11 boards and had four steals.

Goodrich travels to Mt. Morris on Fridayfora6p.m.start.–K.R.

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