ELIZABETH LAUX...drives past a Birch run Defender during Tuesday evening's 37-35 victory. The Frankenmuth varsity girls' basketball team is 8-1. (Photo courtesy/Susan Keyes)
Kendra Kujat's 21 points leads Lady Eagles past Caro, 51-28
Senior Kendra Kujat’s 21-point performance led her Frankenmuth varsity girls’ basketball team to a 51-28 road victory over Caro last week.
The Lady Eagles, with the win, are 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference East Division.
“We got out to a quick start with balanced scoring early in the game – six different players got into the scoring column in the first quarter,” FHS Coach Tom Keller said of the 18-7 first-quarter advantage.
The Tigers hung close, behind the steady ball handling of Sarah Brown and the long-range shooting of Melissa Cockerill. ‘Muth owned a 25-16 halftime lead.
The third quarter was also highly contested as the Lady Eagles could not shake Caro. At one time, the Tigers cut the deficit to four points (31-27) during the 11-11 third quarter.
𠇏rom that point, we clamped down the defensive end and the offense started clicking again in the fourth quarter as we went on an 18-0 run to pull away at the end,” Keller pointed out.
The final quarter scoring saw ‘Muth finish 15-1.
Kendra Kujat scored 14 of her 21 points in the final stanza. She also led the way with five steals. Juniors Maddie Walter and Brayene Benner scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, with Benner adding 14 boards and four blocks as well. She was also 5 for 5 from the free throw line.
Elizabeth Laux handed out three assists and Lindsey Mertz snared six boards.
For the game, Frankenmuth was 17 of 54 from the floor (31.5 percent), including 5 of 23 from the three-point line (22 percent) and 12 of 19 from the free throw line (63 percent). They collected 38 rebounds, 18 steals, 10 assists, four deflections and four blocked shots while committing 18 turnovers and 15 fouls.
Final team statistics were not available as of press time in Frankenmuth’s 60-8 triumph over Essexville Garber January 6. In that game, nine of the 10 girls scored at least three points and had at least one steal.
FHS was 26 of 61 from the floor (43 percent), including 3 of 10 from the three-point line (30 percent) and 5 of 17 from the free throw line (29 percent). ‘Muth totaled 22 rebounds, 38 steals, 13 assists, 21 deflections and five blocked shots while registering just 11 turnovers and 10 fouls.
The Lady Eagles play Birch Run Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30pm. They host Millington at 7:30pm Thursday, January 15.
Next week, Frankenmuth welcomes nonconference Ortonville-Brandon on Tuesday, January 20, and begins the second round of TVC East action by traveling to Otisville-LakeVille on Thursday, January 22.
The following week ‘Muth travels to a TVC Central school for a crossover tilt and then brings TVC East North Branch here on Thursday, January 29.