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FLINT, Michigan - The Carman-Ainsworth Lady Cavaliers ran to a big first quarter advantage and never looked back Tuesday night on the west side of Flint. The Cavaliers led by 13 after that disastrous Holly first and cruised to a 68-40 win.
Coming in with a 4-12 record, C-A looked nothing like a team with such a meager record. Holly, at 14-4, could only get very limited minutes from senior Lauren Maher who is still nursing a knee injury. That combined with two quick fouls in less than three minutes at the start on six foot sophomore Allyssa Copley was too much for the Bronchos to overcome.
“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked, but we gotta’ bounce back,” said Holly coach David Hall. “They really took it to us and our girls didn’t respond as well as we needed them to.”
Holly was doomed also by a slew of early turnovers and missed easy looks and layups. The long absences of Maher and Copley took its toll.
The Cavaliers used a pressure defense to force Holly mistakes and generally were able to finish and capitalize on the Bronchos’ misfortunes.
Holly was down 38-22 at the break and wasn’t able to close the margin to any closer than 14 points the rest of the way. The Cavaliers continued to fill the pass lanes effectively, leading to multiple steals and easy buckets.
“We gotta suck it up, overcome adversity, and keep playing,” said Hall. “We didn’t do that tonight.”
With Maher and Copley spending a lot of time out of the action, Holly senior Jessica Beeler and sophomore Abby Lewandowski both had strong games. Beeler came off the bench to tally nine points. Lewandowski dropped in five points and played a strong game defensively.
“We just had a tough game (tonight) but we are going to come out hard on Friday,” said Lewandowski. “We know how to play. We won’t let this affect us.”
Despite spending an inordinate amount of time on the bench due to the early foul trouble, Copley still managed to lead the Bronchos with 16 points. She also had nine rebounds and a steal.
The Cavaliers won with balanced scoring. Jasmine Jones led C-A with 12 points. Ashley Hall had 10, Kinterra Tomlin had seven, and Denisha Gates, Aliah Stinnett and Nariyel Purches all had six.
Holly, now 14-5 on the year, closes the regular season at home on Friday against league rival Swartz Creek. Holly defeated the Dragons in overtime when the teams met at Swartz Creek last month.
Kayla Skopek 0 3-6 3
Miayan Kerner 0 0-0 0
Brooke Harthun 1 0-0 2
Delaney Serra 1 1-2 4
Allyssa Copley 5 5-10 16
Abby Lewandowski 1 3-4 5
Chelsea England 0 1-2 1
Jessica Beeler 3 3-4 9
Lauren Maher 0 0-0 0
Jessica Cassar 0 0-0 0
Ali Baker 0 0-0 0
Three-pointers: Serra 1, Copley 1
Rebounds: Copley 9, Beeler 6, Lewandowski 4, Harthun 4 , Skopek 4, Kerner 2, Serra 1, Cassar 1
Holly 9 13 9 9 = 40
Carman-Ainsworth 22 16 18 12 = 68