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Almont claims district, tops Notre Dame Prep

Earns second district title with 45-34 win

Almont’s district championship team consists of front (L to R) Taylor Askins, Jackie Jessel, Katie Porter and Dani Reid; and back coach Steve Edwards, Lindsey Ladzinski, Keeley Creger, Brittany Schmalzel, Katie Dobbs, Nicole Gibson, Tasha Evans and Nikki Heim. photo by Kevin Kissane.

March 10, 2010
ALMONT — Almont assured themselves of at least one more game, earning a 45-34 win against Notre Dame Prep in a Class B girls' district basketball championship encounter last Friday night at Armada High School.

It marked the second-ever district title for Almont, the first coming during the 2008 campaign.

With the decision, Almont (17-6) advances to a Tuesday, March 9 regional at Mount Clemens High School. There they will face top-ranked Detroit Country Day in a matchup scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Notre Dame Prep finishes 11-11.

"Coming into tonight's game we expected a close physical game," Almont Coach Steve Edwards commented. "Sure enough that is exactly what we got," he noted.

"It was anyone's game to win until late in the contest, we were fortunate to pull it out. This is great to get where we are, the girls worked hard to accomplish that. We know it will be a tough game against Detroit Country Day but we are looking forward to the challenge ahead of us."

In Friday's encounter, Notre Dame Prep took a 13-12 edge after one quarter was complete.

The second quarter would be closely contested as well.

It was there Notre Dame Prep netted nine points and Almont generated eight.

That made it 22-20, Notre Dame Prep, at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Almont struck with a 12-6 third quarter edge.

That made it 32-28, Almont, with 24 minutes into the record books.

Almont then outscored Notre Dame Prep 13-6 during the last eight minutes of action, putting the finishing touches on a 45-34 win.

Nikki Heim (23 points, including a trifecta) led Almont. The remaining Raider points went to Tasha Evans (nine), Lindsey Ladzinski (four), Taylor Askins, Nicole Gibson, Brittany Schmalzel and Dani Reid (two each) along with Keeley Creger (one).

Brooke Borowski paced Notre Dame Prep with 14 points.

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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