2010-02-24 / Sports

Lady Green Devils end ‘Skins unbeaten season!

Defense leads to 41-31 win
BY DALE BALL SPORTS EDITOR

Kari Burton of Brown City is set to pass inside to teammate Ashley Blovsky during Thursday’s night huge GTC East showdown at Sandusky. The Lady Green Devils upended the No. 1 ranked Lady Redskins, 41-31. (Photo by Dale Ball) Kari Burton of Brown City is set to pass inside to teammate Ashley Blovsky during Thursday’s night huge GTC East showdown at Sandusky. The Lady Green Devils upended the No. 1 ranked Lady Redskins, 41-31. (Photo by Dale Ball) Defense.

It’s where every successful ccoach starts in preparing their team.

It’s why Brown City’s Cindy Burton had stressed it coming into a tough road game in the Thumb Dome against the No. 1 team in Class C.

It’s the biggest reason behind the Lady Green Devils’ convincing, 41-31, GTC East victory over previously unbeaten Sandusky. It was also some redemption for their only loss of the season, a setback at home from the same Lady Redskins.

“I’m really excited for the girls - going into Sandusky and winning by 10, and i didn’t know if we could even win,” remarked Burton. “This is especially a boost for us near the end of the season.”

There were a few scrums under the basket last Thursday night, including this one with Sandusky’s Lauren Krause (right) and Brown City’s Sam Gierman (middle) and Jennifer McClelland. BC won the GTC East game, 41-31. (Photo by Dale Ball) There were a few scrums under the basket last Thursday night, including this one with Sandusky’s Lauren Krause (right) and Brown City’s Sam Gierman (middle) and Jennifer McClelland. BC won the GTC East game, 41-31. (Photo by Dale Ball) Both BC and Sandusky are now 10-1 in the East with one game to go, and 18-1 overall.

For Al DeMott, the longtime Sandusky coach, the loss was not easy for his team to take after after going without a loss for the first 12 weeks of the season.

“It’s disappointing, but Brown City’s a good team,” DeMott said. “We knew it would be tough. The kids prepared hard and played hard, but Brown City’s a good team

“It’s tough. Winning 18 in a row, it’s tough on the kids. But, they’ll bounce back.”

The Lady Devils had put forth a good defensive effort in the first half, as did the Lady ‘Skins, who held a slim 16-14 edge.

Sandusky scored the first four points of the third quarter to go up by six. In the meantrime, BC failed to score in its first five or six possessions.

Butrton called a quick timeout that apparently had its effect.

“I wanted (the girls) to get their composure back. I told them they needed to get their heads back in the game.”

Immediately following , senioir Kristen Greene, the All- State guard/forward, ignited a 7-0 run with a three-point play. She then turned a steal and a knock-away into assists on two lay-ins from Jen McClelland that put the Devils up, 21-20.

Marissa DeMott, the ‘Skins’ All-State guard/forward, broke the run with a pair of free throws that proved to be her team’s last lead of the night.

A bucket by junior guard Kari Burton, two free throws from Greene and a buzzer-beating lay-up by Emily Pytleski, on a feed from Sam Gierman, put the Devils ahead, 27-22, heading into the final quarter.

It was all BC for the next six minutes, pushing the lead to 37- 25, and limiting Sandusky to just three free throws. The Lady Redskins, one of the top offensive teams in the Thumb, went without a field goal for an 11 minute stretch in the second half.

Defense.

“We were straight man-up (the whole game), with a little more attention on Marissa and Lauren Krause,” noted Coach Burton. “”The girls did a great job on help defense, plus we picked up the open man and really did a nice job getting out on their shooters.”

Alena Sanson, Gierman, McClelland and Allysa Ambu all took turns guarding Marissa DeMott, Sandusky’s all-time leading scorer.

“They all did a great job,” praised Burton.

Greene was the only Green Devil to score in double figures, finnshing with 11 points, but also adding 17 rebounds anbd four assists.

“She had that spurt (in the third quarter) and kinda took over,” said Coach Burton. “I thought she came out more relaxed in the second half. She seemed a little tense early on.”

Kari Burton added eight points, all coming in the seciond half.

DeMott led all scorers with 16 points, but had very few open looks all night. She also had 12 rebounds, four steals asnd three assists. Whitney Fox and Krause each had seven rebounds.

The big story for the Lady ‘Skins was there 12-for-56 shooting night.

“We didn’t do a good job of attacking and settled for a lot of rushed shots,” Coach DeMott pointed out. “We rushed a lot and didn’t shoot well. Brown City’s defense had a lot to do with it.”

Both Brown City and Sandusky close out the regular season this week, needing a win to gain, at least, a share of the East title.

BC was set to take on Ubly (0-10, 1-17) last night (Tuesday). Meanwhile, Sandusky faces a stern test from Harbor Beach (7-3, 13-5) at home on Thursday night.

“We can’t dwell on the loss,” DeMott said. “We have to come back and beat Harbor Beach to fulfill our first goal - winning a league championship.”

The post-season jumps right out at both teams on Monday night, March 1, with Class C districts at Brown City. If fate has it, Brown City and Sandusky could meet for a third time in the championship game on Friday, March 5.

Brown City 58 Marlette 42

Before facing Sandusky, the Lady Devils had other business to take care of in East play on Tuesday night. They put up an 11-point, 25-14 lead in the first half before pulling away to the 16-point final margin.

Gierman’s career-best 15 points led the scoring. Greene added a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists and Murray chipped in with 10 points.

For Marlette, Amara Wilson was the only player in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Freshman Jenna Hirsch added six points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

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