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North Branch slips past Capac, 38-37, in opener



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November 28, 2007
CAPAC — Visiting Capac outscored their opposition 10-6 during the fourth quarter of play, only to fall by a 38-37 count to North Branch in a non-conference varsity basketball confrontation Monday night.

With the outcome, North Branch moves to 1-0 overall. Capac slips to 0-1 thus far this season.

In Monday's confrontation, Capac bolted out to a 10-4 advantage with 6:38 elapsed.

That offensive flurry prompted a full North Branch timeout.

North Branch then bounced back with a 4-0 run encompassing a 1:22 span.

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Brandy Bly, of Capac, is pressured by North Branch’s Chelsea LaBair after grabbing a rebound during Monday’s non-conference matchup. photo by Kevin Kissane.

That made it 10-8, Capac, at the eight-minute mark.

Quarter number two would see North Branch deposit 11 points through the twines, while allowing Capac five.

That left North Branch holding a narrow 19-15 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, North Branch started the third quarter strong. It was there the Broncos put together an 8-3 run encompassing a 3:23 span.

The outburst staked North Branch to a 27-18 advantage with 4:37 showing on the fourth quarter clock.

Capac then responded with a 9-5 run over the next four minutes-plus, trimming their deficit to 32-27 at the 24-minute mark.

The contest would remain a close one the rest of the way.

Trailing 38-37 with just under nine seconds to play, Capac inbounded the ball from underneath the opposing basket with a chance to win.

It was there Capac's attempt from trifecta territory hit the rim and fell out. North Branch grabbed the rebound and was fouled with three-tenths of a second left.

Capac grabbed the second miss, but could not get off a shot in time.

North Branch had held on for a 38-37 win.

Chelsea LaBair and Taylor Kaiser led the winning North Branch side with eight points each.

Sara Tomeo (nine points, featuring a pair of treys) paced Capac. The remaining Chief points went to Gabby Sabatino (seven), Brandy Bly (six), Taylor Sinda (five), Gloria Polzin and Jennica Polzin (four each) along with Chelsea Stoddar (two).

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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