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Almont girls clinch title


Raiders' strong second half secures win, championship


March 03, 2010
ALMONT — The Almont varsity girls' basketball team assured themselves of the Blue Water Area Conference championship outright with a 49-28 win against visiting Algonac last Tuesday, February 23.

With the decision, Almont improves to 13-6 and 11-2.

"The game was a lot closer than the final score indicated," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "We led by just four points at the half and nine after three quarters before pulling away," he noted.

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Tasha Evans, of Almont, goes up for a shot during a BWAC basketball encounter versus Algonac. Almont won the game, clinching the league title outright. photo by Kevin Kissane.
'It is a great feeling to win the BWAC title. This is the third time in four years we were able to accomplish that."

In Tuesday's matchup, Almont took a 12-7 lead after one quarter was complete.

Algonac then bounced back with a 9-8 second quarter edge.

That made it 20-16, Almont, at the halftime break.

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When the action resumed, Almont padded its cushion some.

Aided by a 14-9 third quarter edge, Almont forged a 34-25 advantage at the 24-minute mark.

Almont then outscored Algonac 15-3 during the last eight minutes of action, putting the finishing touches on a 49-28 win.

Nikki Heim managed 16 points, including three trifectas, and Tasha Evans finished with 15 to lead Almont. Taylor Askins (10 points, featuring a trey) hit for double figures as well. The Raiders also had Dani Reid (a triple), Katie Porter and Brittany Schmalzel (two each) along with Nicole Gibson (one).

Heidi Highstreet paced Algonac. Highstreet finished with a nine-point performance.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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