Ann Arbor Basketball: Bedford girls piss off Saline to spice up the championship title race
ANN ARBOR – The race for the Red Girls’ basketball title of the Southeastern Conference just got more interesting.
Saline, who faced Temperance Bedford on Saturday, appeared to be on track for a direct conference title, but Bedford had other plans.
The mules made sure they weren’t swept by the hornets and avenged a 49:32 defeat with a 48:36 home win at the start of the season.
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Bedford (12-3, 9-2 SEC-Red) ended Saline’s offensive to trigger the surprise against one of the state’s top-ranked teams in Division 1.
The Hornets (12-1, 10-1 SEC-Red) ended their unbeaten season when they hit their lowest score in a game since March 8, 2019, when they scored just 26 points in a district loss to Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Grace Ryan led the mules with 20 points, followed by eight points from Kerstin Nadolny.
The saline solution was controlled by Sophie Canen, who finished with 14 points, while Ella Stemmer scored 12 points and Natalie Sweetland finished with seven points.
Bedford’s win made the race for the SEC Red title more interesting in the final week of the regular season.
Saline can still win the league straight away as they hold the tiebreaker over Pioneer and lead Bedford through a game but face Pioneer on Monday.
Bedford will need Pioneer to beat Saline and then Bedford would have to beat Pioneer on Wednesday to force a three-way draw for the championship.
Before the matchup against Pioneer, Bedford will face Ann Arbor Huron for the first time on Monday.
Father Gabriel Richard ends with Adrian’s escape
The Fighting Irish have recently struggled with injuries but were able to return to the Victory Column with a 54:16 win over Adrian.
FGR took the lead 15-1 at the end of the first quarter and were 31-4 ahead at halftime.
Nine different players scored for FGR led Sophia Hogan with 17 points, followed by 10 points from Savannah Wing.
The Fighting Irish lost two games and improved to 11: 4. On Monday, they’ll be next in the Catholic High School League tournament.
Huron wins the first win of the season against Skyline
The River Rats struggled this season but were able to prevail with a 41:39 win over rivals Skyline for their first win of the year.
Huron were 32:30 behind at the end of three quarters but managed to regroup in the fourth quarter to score a loss in nine games.
Huron’s Jordan Wright topped all scorers with 26 points to help the team get 1-9 in the year.
The River Rats will be back at home against Temperance Bedford on Monday, while Skyline (1-11, 1-9 SEC-Red) will take on Ypsilanti Lincoln on the same day.
Pioneer rolls past Monroe and wins for the eighth time in a row
The pioneers celebrated a 47:23 win over Monroe and took their eighth win in a row.
Alexis Clark led the pioneers with 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, Lauren DeWolf added 14 points, four assists and three steals, and Felicia Stewart recorded six points, four rebounds and three steals.
Pioneer is now 10-1 in the overall standings and in the SEC-Red and will host Saline on Monday in a game that will have an impact on the conference title.
Dexter extends the winning streak by defeating Adrian Lenawee Christian
The Dreadnaughts have expanded their winning streak to five games with a 54:39 win over Adrian Lenawee Christian in a non-league competition.
Colin Parachek led Dexter double-double when he finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Cal Bavineau added 14 points and five assists, while Evan Haroldson stepped in with 11 points and Ty Rychener added eight points and four steals.
Dexter switched to 11: 3 this year and is back on the ground with Adrian on Tuesday.
Pioneer regroups in the second half to defeat Monroe
The Pioneers followed at halftime but closed Monroe in the second half to take a 46:41 win on the road.
Pioneer dropped 21:18 during the break, but took advantage of a 12-7 performance in the third quarter to take a 30:28 lead and finish the game in the fourth quarter.
Aidan Lee led Pioneer with 11 points, Taurean Burns with 10 points, while Rasheed Sampson and Elijah Klein each scored six points. Sampson also added seven team-level rebounds to the win.
Pioneer finished a 2-game slide to improve to 3-7 both overall and in the SEC red and will be back on the field at Saline on Monday.
Lincoln blows past rival Ypsilanti
The Railsplitter didn’t waste much time pulling back on rival Ypsilanti for a 65-45 win.
Braelon Green moved towards Lincoln on 22 points to take the lead, while Gabe Damey dealt four assists and Jalen Broyles blocked four shots to consolidate the defense.
Lincoln built a 49-32 lead after the third quarter, which was enough to take the win.
The Railsplitter achieved their third win in a row and improved to 7-2 overall and 6-1 in the SEC-Red. You will travel to the skyline on Monday.
Ypsilanti fell to 2-6 overall and in the SEC-Red and will get back on their feet in Monroe on Monday.
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