2013-02-13 / Sports

Kingston rally shuts doors on Lady Eagles

Sports Editor

Deckerville’s Sara Inbody drives to the hoop in Monday night’s game against Kingston. 
Photo by Dale Ball Deckerville’s Sara Inbody drives to the hoop in Monday night’s game against Kingston. Photo by Dale Ball DECKERVILLE — The door to a virtual share of the NCTL Stars division lead opened in the third quarter for the Deckerville Eagles. Kingston, though, slammed it closed in the final five minutes Monday night.

The Lady Eagles, in all likelihood saw their chances of, at least, a share of the division hoops title slip away on their home court when the Cardinals used a 9-0 run in the middle of the final quarter to pull out a, 38-33, triumph.

The victory for the Cards put them firmly on top in the Stars at 11-0. The Lady Eagles slipped to 11-2 (both losses coming to Kingston) and have just a game at Mayville (Feb. 21) remaining in league play. For Deckerville to get a share now, Kingston needs to fall twice. The Cards have away games remaining with Mayville and Peck and and a home make-up game with a good CPS squad in the remaining week and a half of the regular season.

The Lady Eagles got off to a slow start, offensively, Monday night, trailing 10-6 after a quarter and 14-6, following a pair of putbacks by Crystal Shafor, early in the second stanza. Kingston’s boarding on the offensive glass would prove to be one difference in the game.

“They had 11 points on second chance rebounds,” pointed out Pat Oswald, Deckerville coach. “You cannot do that. (Shafor) hurt us inside. It’s weak-side rebounding - everybody’s got to block out.”

A triple by senior post Tiffany Rich pumped some life into the Lady Eagles, bringing them back to within five. From there, they trimmed the deficit to two, 21-19, by halftime.

The third quarter was all Deckerville until the final minute and a half. A 9-2 run, including a couple of buckets from guard Chelsea Measel, surged the Lady Eagles to a 28- 23 lead. However, Kingston (now 16-1 overall) began to regain composure with five, late points to pull back within one, 28-27.

After the lead changed twice early in the fourth quarter, Kingston went on that lethal 9-0 run to put the game away. Another putback by Shafor and a key triple from Jenna Boyl were the backbreakers.

“We got a little impatient, offensively,” Oswald noted, referring to the Cardinals’ final big run. “We took poor shots that we didn’t need. And, overall, the shots didn’t fall.”

Oswald later added, “Then, I think we got into a panic mode.”

Rich was the lone Lady Eagle to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Sara Inbody was next with six.

Kingston had 10 points from Shafor and eight from guard Elyssa Chambers.

With districts right around the corner, Oswald said his team, now 12-3, still has a chance to build some momentum.

“We’ve got to finish out strong. We can’t hang our heads. If we mope, we’ll fall further behind,” Oswald said. “We have some good tests left (Harbor Beach, Sandusky in non-league) going into the playoffs.”

The Lady Eagles host a Class D district, which begins Feb. 25. A third try against Kingston is a possibility. The teams are in opposite brackets and could meet in the championship game.

Deckerville 44 Peck 21

For the second straight time, the Lady Eagles had some early troubles against the Pirates, but eventually pulled away.

This past Thursday night, the game was knotted at 8-8 after a quarter. Deckerville then held Peck to just 13 points the rest of the way. The Lady Eagles were ahead 35-14 by the start of the final quarter.

No Deckerville player scored in double figures. Senior Kaleigh Spaetzel was the top point producer with eight. Elizabeth Ridley, Karlee Shagena, Measel and Inbody all had six points. Measel’s points all came in the first quarter.

Peck’s Courtney Groat, a sophomore, led all scorers with 11 points.

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