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Almont girls win first hoop title since 1956


Win over Armada gives them outright title, tied last season



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Almont’s Chanahl Putnam fires up a shot over the arms of Armada’s Callan Banach. photo by Kevin Kissane.
February 13, 2008
ALMONT — The Almont varsity girls' basketball team claimed the Blue Water Area Conference championship outright, accomplishing the feat with a 49-43 triumph against visiting Armada last Friday night.

It marked the first time that Almont has earned a conference championship outright since the 1956 campaign. The only other time the Raiders topped the league standings by themselves was the 1953 season.

"Last season we shared the league title with Algonac," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "It is nice to have it all to ourselves this year," he noted.

In Friday's confrontation, Almont and Armada finished the initial quarter with identical nine-point outputs.

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The second quarter saw Armada net 10 points, while allowing Almont eight.

That left Armada holding a 19-17 edge at the halftime break.

When the teams returned to the floor, Almont seized command.

Aided by an 18-7 third quarter surge, Almont took a 35-26 lead at the 24-minute mark.

It looked as if Almont would go on to win by a double digit margin, but Armada had other ideas.

Instead, Armada started the fourth quarter with a 15-9 run covering a 6:57 span. When that stretch of basketball drew to a close the Tigers had pulled to within 44-41 with 1:03 left.

However, that would prove as close as Armada got.

Almont saw to that, going on a 5-2 run over the next minute-plus to close out a 49-43 win.

Lindsey Yaklin amassed 25 points, including four trifectas, and Chanahl Putnam supplied 16, featuring a trey, to lead Almont. Brandy Ullom and Nikki Heim added four points each to the Raiders' cause.

Callan Banach and Taylor Prior paced Armada. They finished with 13 points apiece.

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