Lady Eagles very unselfish in 62-13 win over Broncos
The Frankenmuth varsity girls’ basketball team scored nearly half of its points in the first quarter last Thursday evening against North Branch.
The host Lady Eagles poured in 28 first-quarter points while holding the Broncos to just two points as ‘Muth won 62-13.
FHS Coach Tom Keller substituted freely as his team outscored North Branch 34-11 the rest of the way.
The victory is 91st in a row in Tri-Valley Conference East Division, dating back to January 2009. This season, the Lady Eagles are 13-2 overall and 9-0 in the TVC East.
“We took the opportunity to get all the girls lots of minutes and they certainly did the most with the time they had,” Keller said.
All 10 red and gray cagers found the scoring column. Senior Keri Frahm scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the opening quarter. Junior Sara Aldrich and senior Brayene Benner posted eight points each. Aldrich was 4 of 5 from the field and Benner also grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots. Hannah Karwat led the way with seven steals.
“Sara played her best game of the year and Brayene had another solid game, filling up the stat sheet,” Keller pointed out.
In the blowout, Keller was pleased with the team’s penchant for making passes to open teammates.
“I loved the way we shared the ball. Having 20 assists on 27 made shots is a testament to how unselfish our girls were. In a game where they probably know they could easily get a good shot, each of them were committed to make the extra pass and find their teammates for a good shot,” Keller said.
The coach singled out Kelsie Kujat for her unselfish play.
“Kelsie could have easily scored in double figures, but instead got the ball to her teammates and finished with a game-high seven assists,” Keller added.
For the game, Frankenmuth was 27 of 55 from the floor (49 percent), including 3 of 10 from the three-point line, and 5 of 10 from the free throw line (50 percent). The Lady Eagles registered 28 rebounds, 20 steals, 20 assists and seven blocked shots while committing 14 turnovers and nine fouls.
FHS hits the road for two games, taking on Essexville-Garber on Thursday, February 11 and then heading to Caro on Thursday, February 18. Both games will tip off around 7:30pm, following the 6pm junior varsity games.
The program will end its regular season with a pair of TVC East games, beginning with Birch Run on Tuesday, February 23 and then welcoming Millington on Thursday, February 25 for 7:30pm tip offs.
The MHSAA Class B District No. 58 will be held at Mt. Morris. FHS will open at 6pm Monday, February 29, against 2-10 Flint Northwestern. A win will advance the Lady Eagles to face Caro at 6pm Wednesday, March 2.
In the lower bracket, North Branch and Otisville- LakeVille will play at 7:30pm on Monday, February 29, with the winner to take on the host Panthers at 7:30pm Wednesday, March 2.
The district championship is set for 7pm Friday, March 4.
Frankenmuth will host the Class B Regional No. 15, on Tuesday and Thursday, March 8-10. The Class B No. 8 will be held in Big Rapids on March 15, with the Class B state semifinals and finals at the Breslin Center, on the Michigan State University campus, on March 18-19.
The game story for Davison, a 56-28 triumph, appeared in last week’s issue of the News. The final statistics were not ready as of press time and are as follows: Frankenmuth was 24 for 49 from the floor (49 percent), including 3 for 16 from the three-point line (19 percent) and 5 for 10 from the free throw line (50 percent). The Lady Eagles totaled 29 rebounds, 11 steals, 17 assists, seven blocked shots and committed 17 turnovers and 11 fouls.
“It is so important as we got through these next couple weeks that we continue to push ourselves and work to improve so that we can finish this season strong, playing our best ball when it matters most,” Keller concluded.
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