Cavaliers overtake Detroit Country Day for win



Carman-Ainsworth’s Aaliyah McQueen drives hard toward the basket at the Steve Schmidt Roundball Classic inaugural game on Dec. 27. Photo by Kylee Richardson

Carman-Ainsworth’s Aaliyah McQueen drives hard toward the basket at the Steve Schmidt Roundball Classic inaugural game on Dec. 27. Photo by Kylee Richardson

BEVERLY HILLS – The Carman-Ainsworth girls’ basketball team faced a determined Detroit Country Day at Country Day Tuesday, pulling out the 65-60 win. Heading into the game, the Cavaliers were 8-3 overall.

Carman-Ainsworth led by one point, 13-12, after the opening stanza and poured in 21 points in the second quarter to the Yellowjackets’ nine. A near-even third showed Carman-Ainsworth pouring in 21 points to Country Day’s 20. Although Country Day outscored Carman-Ainsworth 19-10 in the fourth, Carman- Ainsworth scored the final four points to seal the win.

Carman-Ainsworth coach Lance Belil said his team was down by eight in the first quarter, but pulled away to the 22-point lead in the third. Country Day pulled to within one of the Cavaliers, but the final four points put the stamp on the game.

Chenelle King led Carman- Ainsworth with 24 points and Destiny Strother and Aaliyah McQueen each reached double figures with 14.

Last Friday, the Cavaliers routed Flint Powers Catholic 72-39.

Carman-Ainsworth led 27-11 after the first quarter and 44-19 at the half. Carman-Ainsworth poured in 24 points in the third to Powers’ 10 and only in the fourth let off the gas allowing the Chargers to have the upper hand 10-4.

Strother led the Cavaliers with 34 points and Jessianna Aaron had 15.

Last Wednesday, the Cavaliers lost to Saginaw Heritage 46-41. At one point, the Cavaliers trailed by 15, but several times during the contest pulled to within two.

One point separated the two teams after the initial stanza with Heritage on top 13-12. Heritage poured in 17 points while limiting Carman-Ainsworth to just five in the second. The Cavaliers flipped the script in the third, though, outscoring the Hawks 14-4, but Heritage outscored Carman- Ainsworth 14-10 in the fourth.

McQueen led the Lady Cavs with 11 points and Strother had 10.

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