2018-03-07 / Sports

Lady ‘Skins top Capac in districts

Collect 20th win


District champs! The Lady Redskins of Sandusky captured the program’s fifth consecutive district championship on Friday night. 
Photo by Jill Kursinsky District champs! The Lady Redskins of Sandusky captured the program’s fifth consecutive district championship on Friday night. Photo by Jill Kursinsky MARLETTE – There have been a few bumps in the road for the Sandusky girls basketball team this season. But, Coach Al DeMott’s Lady Redskins have prevailed.

After clinching a GTC East title the week before, Sandusky claimed a fifth consecutive Class C district championship Friday night by running past Capac 52-25.

Now 20-3 overall, the Lady ‘Skins were to meet Flint Beecher (16-5) last night (Tuesday) in a regional semifinal and Sandusky’s Mark Hund Gymnasium.

Sandusky, which suffered league losses to Marlette and Harbor Beach, plus a non-league loss to still undefeated Kingston, had its way with the Chiefs on Friday despite a sluggish start.

The ‘Skins led by four, 10-6, against the Chiefs (8-14) after a quarter. They, however, picked up the momentum from there, leading, 24-8 at halftime and, 42-13, after three quarters.


Senior guard Callie Jacobson of the Lady Redskins looks to pass to a teammate during the district championship game against Capac. 
Photo by Jill Kursinsky Senior guard Callie Jacobson of the Lady Redskins looks to pass to a teammate during the district championship game against Capac. Photo by Jill Kursinsky “Our defense was outstanding again,” remarked DeMott, who now has 716 career wins in his 38 seasons at SHS.

“We started a little slow, but after the first quarter our girls played great on both ends of the floor.” He then added, “All 10 of our girls played a lot and they all played well, making nice contributions.”

Senior Haley Nelson continued her terrific, all-around play for the ‘Skins. She had a double-double – 16 points and 11 rebounds - and also had seven assists, seven steals and blocked shot. Junior Gabby Gough flipped in 10 points and also added six rebounds and four steals. Next in scoring were Ceirra Phillips with eight and Olivia Jacobson with six. Other stat leaders – Marissa Schiller (5 pts., 4 st.), Abby Bolsby (6 reb.), and Hannah Ruth (4 assts.)

“The girls seem to be peaking at the right time,” DeMott noted. “Districts are always exciting to win, and this one was great to get our girls ready for regionals. We are really excited to come home and play the regional.”

SEMIFINALS

Sandusky 33, Marlette 27: The two rivals split their GTC East games during the regular season, each winning by a wide margin.

The Lady ‘Skins held on Wednesday night behind a strong defensive effort, and a big fourth quarter from Gough.

Sandusky led by seven, 19-12, at halftime. There were only six points scored in the third quarter, but the ‘Skins held a, 21-16, lead going into the fourth.

That’s when Gough seized the moment on offense, scoring nine of her team’s 12 points to help seal the win.

Gough finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Nelson, who was held to five points, added 10 rebounds and three assists

Emily Schaub, Marlette’s outstanding four-year player, had 13 points, nine coming in the last eight minutes, and added 11 rebounds to help keep her team within striking distance. Sydney Parker was next for the Raiders with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Raiders, who finished second to Sandusky in the East standings this winter, closed out their season with a 15-7 record.

Capac 40 Brown City 38: The Lady Green Devils (11- 10) scored just four points in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs rallied for the win in Wednesday night’s other semifinal.

BC had trailed early, 13-5, but bounced back nicely in the next two quarters to grab a, 34-32, lead heading into the fourth.

Capac sealed the win with four free throws, two each from Alexys Anderson and Shelby Husovsky.

But, it was turnovers that proved costly.

“It was one of those games that we went away from what was working for us and shots did not fall,” said BC coach Cindy Burton. “Unfortunately, Capac stole the ball at the end….. and if we don’t learn from the loss, then it is a problem.”

Junior Alexis Wiltsie led the Devils in scoring with 14 points while Carleigh Randolph had nine and Valyn Cutcher netted eight.

The Lady Devils played the second half of the season without all-state guard/ forward Kendall Muxlow, who suffered a knee injury.

Area Girls Basketball Regional Pairings

Class B at Cros-Lex

3-6-18

Semifinals

6 p.m. – Pontiac-Notre Dame Prep (10-10) vs. Marysville (17-5), inc.; 7:30 p.m. – Detroit Country Day (18-4) vs. North Branch (12-11), inc.

3-8-18

Finals

7 p.m.; winner advances to quarterfinals at West Bloomfield vs. Goodrich regional winner

Class C at Sandusky

3-6-18

Semifinals

6 p.m. – Unionville-Sebewaing Area (17-6) vs. Michigan Lutheran Seminary (15-7, inc.; 7:30 p.m. – Sandusky (19-3) vs. Flint Beecher (16-5), inc.

3-8-18

Finals

7 p.m.; winner advances to quarterfinals at Howell vs. New Haven regional winner

Class D at Mayville

3-6-18

Semifinals

6 p.m. – Burton-St. Thomas More (15-7) vs. Kingston (21-0), inc.; 7:30 p.m. – Fulton-Middleton (11-11) vs. Bay City All Saints (14-8), inc.

Finals

3-8-18

7 p.m.; winner advances to quarterfinals at Burton Bendle

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