IMLAY CITY — Imlay City wound up one win shy of a top district placing they hoped to attain, falling 44-30 to Goodrich in a Division 2 girls' basketball championship battle last Friday night.
North Branch High School is where the action unfolded.
With the outcome, Imlay City watches a 15-8 season draw to a close.
In Friday's championship battle, Goodrich bolted out to an 11-4 advantage after one quarter had ended.
Imlay City's Ana Lengemann looks to score versus Goodrich in a Division 2 district title clash Friday. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Quarter number two saw Goodrich accumulate 14 points and Imlay City manage seven, leaving the former with a 25-11 lead at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Imlay City fought back with a 9-6 third quarter edge. That trimmed their deficit to 31-20 with 24 minutes gone.
The opening 55 seconds of quarter four would see Imlay City inch even closer. It was there the Spartans ran off four straight points, making it a 31-24 ballgame with 7:05 remaining.
Goodrich then responded with a 13-6 run over the next seven minutes-plus, good for a 44-30 triumph at night's end.
For Imlay City, Mary Lengemann led the way with 11 points. Lengemann drained a triple along the way.
Imlay City had four other players reach the scoring column that evening. Their ranks consisted of Ana Lengemann (five points, including a trifecta), Emma Waatti and Kayla Rossen (five each) along with Kayla Louwsma (four).
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.