February 27, 2008 ALMONT — Fourteenth-rated Almont gave sixth-ranked Flint Powers all it wanted and then some, before dropping a 72-65 overtime verdict in a Class B girls' regional semifinal basketball game Tuesday, February 26 at Goodrich High School.
With the decision, Flint Powers (21-2) advances to Thursday's championship contest where it will face Williamston. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time. Almont watches an outstanding 23-1 season reach an endpoint.
"I think they may have underestimated us," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "As the game went on they became aware that our team had what it took to play with them," he emphasized.
"We had a three-point lead with about three minutes left during regulation, lost it and came back to force overtime. It was back and forth all the way and Powers was able to pull the win out."
"It was a great game to watch. Both sides left it all out on the floor."
In Tuesday's battle, Flint Powers owned leads of 20-12 after one quarter was done; 35-34 at halftime; and 45-43 after three quarters.
Almont then put together a 16-14 fourth quarter rally, capped off by a Lindsey Yaklin triple to make it 59-all and force overtime.
In overtime, Flint Powers netted 13 points and Almont six.
That left Flint Powers with a 72-65 win at night's end.
Liza Flewelling led Flint Powers with 17 points, including a trifecta.
Yaklin (22 points, featuring seven treys), Chanahl Putnam (20, with two triples) and Nikki Heim (15, including three trifectas) proved Almont's toughest players to contain.