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Almont girls bow out


Top-rated Detroit Country Day proves too much


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Almont’s Tasha Evans (L) battles Country Day’s Maggie Kieffer (R) for a loose ball during their Class B regional semifinal at Mount Clemens last week. photo by Kevin Kissane.

March 17, 2010
ALMONT — Top-ranked Detroit Country Day downed unrated Almont, 58-22, in a Class B girls' regional semifinal basketball confrontation on Tuesday, March 12.

Mount Clemens High School is where the action unfolded.

With the decision, Detroit Country Day (24-0) advances to Thursday's title tilt where it will square off versus Marine City. Almont watches a 17-7 season reach an endpoint.

"We knew coming in that we had our work cut out for us," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "This was a tough way to finish a good season," he noted.

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"The girls accomplished a lot, winning the Blue Water Area Conference title and the district championship. They should be proud of all they achieved, I know I am proud of them."

In Tuesday's contest, Detroit Country Day jumped out to a 12-0 lead with 5:31 gone and increased its advantage to 14-0 at the end of one quarter.

The next eight-minute stretch would see Detroit Country Day widen the gap.

It was there Detroit Country Day amassed 21 points and Almont managed nine.

That made it 35-9, Detroit Country Day, at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Detroit Country Day continued to pull away.

Aided by a 9-5 third quarter edge, Detroit Country Day upped its lead to 44-14 at the 24-minute mark.

Detroit Country Day then outscored Almont 14-8 the rest of the way, assuring themselves of a 58-22 victory when the final buzzer sounded.

Madison Williams paced Detroit Country Day with a 15-point performance.

Nikki Heim supplied eight points, including a pair of trifectas, and Taylor Askins netted six, featuring a pair of treys, to lead Almont. The Raiders also had Tasha Evans (four points) along with Lindsey Ladzinski and Brittany Schmalzel (two each).

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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