2010-03-21 / Sports

Hornets’ title hopes dashed

Hamady edges New Lothrop in semis

TIE GAME -- New Lothrop’s Monica Confer (25) drives to the basket in Tuesday’s quarterfinals against Detroit Allen Academy at Montrose. The bucket tied the score at 26-26. Confer also scored the winning lay-up. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) TIE GAME -- New Lothrop’s Monica Confer (25) drives to the basket in Tuesday’s quarterfinals against Detroit Allen Academy at Montrose. The bucket tied the score at 26-26. Confer also scored the winning lay-up. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) EAST LANSING – The New Lothrop varsity girls basketball team’s dreams of third straight state title ended Thursday afternoon with a 48-43 loss to Hamady in the Class C semifinals.

The Lady Hornets led through much of the game, out-scoring the Hawks 8-6 in the first and 12-7 in the second quarter for a 20-13 margin at the intermission. However, the Hawks stormed back in the third, out-scoring the Hornets 19- 11, and owned the fourth 16- 12.

Hamady took its first lead at the end of the third quarter on a three-point shot by Arlesia Morse. They led by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter before New Lothrop made a late run. The Hornets cut the lead to 46-43 with five seconds left, but had to foul to keep Hamady from running out the clock. When Morse mad her two free throws it put Hamady up by five with two seconds left to play, ending the Hornets’ chances.

STRATEGY SESSION -- New Lothrop Coach Tom Kohlmann II talks things over with his Lady Hornets during a timeout in Tuesday’s 28-26 win over Detroit Allen Academy. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) STRATEGY SESSION -- New Lothrop Coach Tom Kohlmann II talks things over with his Lady Hornets during a timeout in Tuesday’s 28-26 win over Detroit Allen Academy. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) The Hawks took advantage of 13-2 margin on second chance buckets in the second half to take control of the game. They finished the game shooting 18 of 42 from the floor and 10 of 15 from the line.

New Lothrop was 16 of 39 from the floor and 7 of 12 from the line. Usually deadly on three-pointers, they hit 4 of 18 in the contest.

Morgan Wendling led the Lady Hornets with 16 points and one steal. Monica Confer turned in a doubledouble of 11 points and 10 rebounds in her final game of her high school career. Fellow senior Amber Sammons added eight points with eight rebounds and three assists. Senior Rachelle Kviz also had eight points with two assists.

DEAD AIM -- Hornet sophomore Morgan Wendling drills a shot in the paint in Tuesday’s quarterfinal win over Detroit Allen Academy. Wendling had six points in the low-scoring contest. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) DEAD AIM -- Hornet sophomore Morgan Wendling drills a shot in the paint in Tuesday’s quarterfinal win over Detroit Allen Academy. Wendling had six points in the low-scoring contest. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) For Hamady, Morse led all scorers with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Porsha Fluker added 10 points for the victors.
IN TRAFFIC -- New Lothrop’s Rachelle Kviz (23) tries to drive around Allen Academy’s Nina Cook (3) in Tuesday’s quarterfinals at Montrose. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) IN TRAFFIC -- New Lothrop’s Rachelle Kviz (23) tries to drive around Allen Academy’s Nina Cook (3) in Tuesday’s quarterfinals at Montrose. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury)
AIR AMBER -- New Lothrop’s Amber Sammons (21) elevates on her way to the basket in Tuesday’s quarterfinal win over Allen Academy. Sammons had six points in the contest. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) AIR AMBER -- New Lothrop’s Amber Sammons (21) elevates on her way to the basket in Tuesday’s quarterfinal win over Allen Academy. Sammons had six points in the contest. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury)

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