TRI-CITY AREA —Almont netted a 44-28 win at Imlay City's expense in a Class B district girls' basketball opening round game Monday night.
Armada High School is where the action unfolded.
With the outcome, Almont (15-6) advances to Wednesday's semifinal where Capac (3-17) provides their opposition. That matchup lists a 5:30 p.m. starting time. Imlay City sees a 14-7 campaign wind down.
In Monday's game, Almont jumped out to a 15-9 advantage after one quarter was done.
The next eight-minute stretch saw Almont add to its cushion.
Mandy Lacertosa, of Imlay City, drives to basket in Monday’s Class B district game with Almont. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Aided by an 11-3 advantage there, Almont raised its lead to 26-12 at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Imlay City struck with a 10-3 third quarter edge.
That made it 29-22, Almont, at the 24-minute mark.
Almont then outscored Imlay City 15-6 the rest of the way, closing out a 44-28 win.
Lindsey Ladzinski led Almont with 14 points. Nikki Heim (11 points, featuring a trey) and Tasha Evans (11) hit for double figures as well. Their remaining points went to Nicole Gibson (four), Taylor Askins (a triple) and Brittany Schmalzel (one).
For Imlay City, Morgan Lee's nine-point effort set the pace. Lee hit three trifectas en route. The Spartans also received points courtesy of Mandy Lacertosa (six, featuring a pair of treys), Kali Van Dyk (five), Anne Pawlaczyk (a triple), Taelor Webb (three) and Millie Velez (two).
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.