Almont caps spotless regular season run with 56-48 victory
|Almont completed a 20-0 regular season campaign recently. They are front (L to R) Chanahl Putnam and Lindsey Yaklin; middle Tasha Evans, Nikki Heim, Chelsea Bijansky and Angela Davis; and back assistant coach Eugene Yaklin, Megan May, Jolie Wycinski, Brandy Ullom, Chandra Hoppe and coach Steve Edwards. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
February 20, 2008ALMONT — The Almont girls' varsity basketball team put the finishing touches on a spotless regular season run, the first ever in its history, by earning a 56-48 road win against Algonac in a Blue Water Area Conference matchup last Thursday night.
With the outcome, Almont goes to 20-0 overall. That includes a 14-0 showing versus BWAC adversaries.
Prior to Thursday's clash, Capac was the last Tri-City team to go through an entire regular season without a loss. That happened during the 2001 campaign.
"When the season started our number one goal was to win the league title," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "Once we accomplished that we wanted to keep things going and we wound up with a perfect regular season mark," he noted.
"There were some close games along the way but they stepped up to the challenges. They should be very proud of what they achieved."
In Thursday's battle, Almont let it be known from the outset that it had come to play.
When the first quarter clock zeroed out, Almont built a 21-13 lead.
Quarter number two would see Almont add to that margin.
Thanks to an 11-7 edge there, Almont took a 32-20 advantage at the halftime break.
When the teams returned to the floor, Almont struck with a 14-13 third quarter edge.
That made it 46-33, Almont, at the 24-minute mark.
Algonac then put together a 15-10 fourth quarter rally, only to fall by a 56-48 count when the final second ticked off the clock.
Chanahl Putnam paced Almont with 18 points. Nikki Heim (14 points, including a pair of trifectas) and Lindsey Yaklin (13, featuring a trey) hit for double figure outputs as well. The Raiders also had Brandy Ullom (six points) and Jolie Wycinski (five) reach the scoring column.
Ashley Valle topped Algonac with 23 points. Jackie Highstreet added 15 points, with three triples, to the Muskrats' cause.