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Yaklin's three-point play lifts Almont past Imlay

Raiders remain undefeated with 46-44 winin final four seconds of BWAC showdown

December 26, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — Lindsey Yaklin's three-point play with four seconds remaining closed out the scoring as Almont escaped with a 46-44 win against Imlay City in a varsity girls' basketball contest involving Blue Water Area Conference title contenders on Tuesday, December 18.

With the result, Almont improves to 6-0 and 1-0. Imlay City drops to 3-3 and 0-1.

In Tuesday's contest, Almont took a 14-11 lead after one quarter had ended.

Quarter number two would prove even closer.

It was there Almont netted 13 points and Imlay City managed 12.

Lindsey Van Dyk, of Imlay City, chases Almont’s Chanahl Putnam down the floor during their BWAC girls’ basketball confrontation last week. photo by Kevin Kissane.

That made it 27-23, Almont, at the midway mark.

Following a 10-minute break for halftime, Almont padded its cushion some.

Aided by a 12-10 third quarter edge, Almont went ahead 39-33 at the 24-minute mark.

Almont then started the fourth quarter with four straight points, coming on a two-pointer from Chanahl Putnam 20 ticks in and a pair of Putnam foul shots 18 seconds later.

That offensive outburst staked Almont to a 43-33 advantage with 7:22 showing on the fourth quarter clock.

It looked as though Almont was prepared to put the game away.

However, Imlay City had other ideas. The Spartans let it be known in no uncertain terms that the outcome was still up for grabs, going on an 11-0 run encompassing a 5:13 span.

When Josefine Egholm drained a shot from trifecta territory, capping the flurry, Imlay City owned a 44-43 edge. There was now 2:09 remaining.

The contest would go back and forth the rest of the way.

With about six ticks showing on the game clock and Almont looking for a go-ahead shot, Putnam delivered a pinpoint pass to Yaklin. She dribbled a couple times, connected on a shot and was fouled.

Following a timeout, Yaklin calmly drained a free throw attempt to push her team's lead to 46-44 at the time.

After another action stoppage, Imlay City inbounded the basketball to Taylor Lee. Yaklin, in an effort to slow her offensive progress stumbled and was whistled for a foul.

Lee stepped to the line, hoping to connect on the front end of a one-and-one situation. If successful there, she would get one more attempt to square the scoreboard count.

She took a deep breath, concentrated and launched an attempt which look as though it would meet with a positive outcome. It contacted the rim, bounced and fell out.

Imlay City pulled down the rebound, but could not get off a quality shot before time expired.

Almont had escaped with a dramatic 46-44 victory.

Putnam led Almont with 16 points. Brandy Ullom (10 points) hit for double figures as well. The Raiders also received points courtesy of Nikki Heim (eight, including a pair of trifectas), Yaklin (eight, with a triple) along with Jolie Wycinski (four).

Alizabeth Caldwell (14 points) and Egholm (12, featuring a pair of treys) proved Imlay City's toughest players to stop. Lindsey Van Dyk (nine, with a pair of triples), Anne Pawlaczyk (five, including a trifecta) along with Brynn Bertram and Lee (two each) backed their efforts.

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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