KENDRA KUJAT . . . was the Frankenmuth varsity girls’ basketball team’s leading scorer this season and one of three seniors on the team this season. The Lady Eagles wrapped up their season against Goodrich in the MHSAA Class B Regional No 15, falling to Goodrich, 45-41. (News file photo)
Lady Eagles battle No. 2 ranked Martians but fall, 45-41
The toughest MHSAA girls’ basketball regional in the state of Michigan was held in Caro last week.
No. 1 Midland Bullock Creek, No. 2 Goodrich, No. 9 Frankenmuth and honorable mention Freeland all sought the Class B Regional crown.
Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles, Goodrich was a mere four points better in the semifinal, claiming a 45-41 victory.
In the other semifinal, Bullock Creek needed overtime to top Freeland, 59-53. In the regional final, Goodrich sidelined the top-ranked Lancers, 50-48.
While the Martians march on, the combined win-loss record among the four schools, heading into the quarterfinals, was 87-11.
‘Muth ends its season at 21-3 overall and 14-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference East Division. The team has won 82 consecutive games in the TVC East, dating back to 2009. Two of the three losses came against Bullock Creek in regular season play; the latter in the regional versus Goodrich.
“This was a tremendous game between two excellent squads. Throughout the game, neither team was able to build a lead any larger than a few points. Both Frankenmuth and Goodrich played excellent defense, with every basket at a premium,” FHS Coach Tom Keller said.
The Lady Eagles led 12-10 after one quarter of play and held a slim 20-19 halftime advantage. The third quarter 20-13 run by the Martians was the difference.
“The Martians made a run in the third, using some full-court pressure, to stake a six-point lead heading into the final stanza,” Keller said, pointing to Goodrich’s 15 turnovers versus Frankenmuth’s 23.
In the fourth quarter, the game was nip and tuck, back and forth, with FHS clawing back from a six-point deficit with two minutes left to play. Both teams exchanged made and missed free throws. A ‘Muth steal and timeout brought them to being down two points with 15 seconds left in the contest. ‘Muth was unable to get the ensuing inbounds pass in and the Martians were able to seal the win with a couple of free throws.
FHS sophomore Lindsey Mertz paced the team with 15 points and eight rebounds. She was 5 of 7 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Senior Kendra Kujat chipped in with 10 points and five assists.
Brayene Benner scored six points with two blocked shots while Keri Frahm posted five boards and three blocked shots.
The Martians were led by Iowa-bound Tania Davis with 17 points. The Miss Basketball candidate was only 5 of 8 from the fields (including 1 of 7 from the three-point line) and committed seven turnovers.
As a team, Frankenmuth was 15 of 38 from the field (39.5), which included a 0 of 6 performance from the three-point line, and they made 11 of 20 free throws (55 percent). The team totaled 30 rebounds (to Goodrich’s 29), five steals, 10 assists, eight deflections and five blocked shots while committing 23 turnovers and 18 fouls.
A season wrap up will appear in a future issue of the News.