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First-ever district title

Almont wins championship over Armada, 54-42

February 27, 2008
ALMONT — Fourteenth-ranked Almont clinched their first-ever girls' district basketball title, accomplishing the feat with a 54-42 triumph against unrated Armada in a Class B championship game it hosted last Friday night.

With the outcome, Almont (23-0) advances to a Tuesday, February 26 regional semifinal contest at Goodrich High School where it will square off versus sixth-ranked Flint Powers. That matchup lists an 8 p.m. starting time. Armada sees a 16-6 season draw to a close.

"This is a great feeling to win a district title," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "The girls knew it would not be easy to defeat Armada for a third time coming in but they were able to step up to the challenge tonight," he noted.

"I am proud of all of them. They worked hard to bring home the title."

In Friday's matchup, Armada jumped out to a 7-2 advantage with 3:57 gone.

The quick start prompted an Almont timeout of the 30-second variety.

When the action resumed, the momentum shifted over to Almont's side.

Jolie Wycinski, of Almont, limits the offensive options of an Armada foe in the district title tilt. photo by Kevin Kissane.

It was there Almont recovered from their less than enviable start, putting together a 9-2 run over the next four minutes-plus.

That enabled Almont to hold a 11-9 edge after one quarter was history.

Like the first, the second quarter would also prove closely contested.

Aided by a 12-11 advantage there, Almont took a 23-20 lead at the halftime break.

Quarter number three would see Almont establish some much-needed breathing room.

That stretch of hoops saw Almont collect 13 points and Armada generate seven, enabling the former to carry a 36-27 cushion into the final quarter.

Almont then outscored Armada 18-15 over the last eight minutes of action, assuring themselves of a 54-42 triumph at night's end.

Chanahl Putnam again stood out for Almont, finishing with 19 points. She drained three field goals of the three-point variety along the way.

Nikki Heim (15 points, featuring a pair of treys) proved the next most productive Almont scorer. Heim hit for 10 of those points, with one triple, during the pivotal third quarter of play.

Lindsey Yaklin (10 points, including a trifecta) gave Almont a double figure output as well. The remaining Raider points went to Brandy Ullom (five), Jolie Wycinski (three) and Megan May (two).

Those players were joined by Chelsea Bijansky, Chandra Hoppe, Angela Davis, Tasha Evans, Andrea Taylor, Jessica Collins and Jessica Moceri on Almont's championship roster.

Taylor Prior led Armada with 17 points. The Tigers also received points courtesy of Chelsea Villeme (eight), Jessica Teller (five), Megan Averitt and Callan Banach (four each) along with Katelynn Kortes and Brittany Ryan (two apiece).

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