Lady Cavaliers rally into hoops regional final

Carman-Ainsworth players celebrate their district championship last Friday at Lapeer West.

Carman-Ainsworth players celebrate their district championship last Friday at Lapeer West.

SAGINAW TWP. – Carman-Ainsworth erased a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat longtime rival Flushing 47-40 in a Class A regional semifinal girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at Saginaw Heritage.

Angel Proby scored 15 points and Aliah Stinnett and Sydnee McDonald added 13 each as the Lady Cavaliers, 16-7, advanced to today’s 7 p.m. regional final against Midland, 19-2.

Carman-Ainsworth had split two Saginaw Valley League- South Division games with Flushing this season, winning by two points in December and losing by 22 in January. The Cavs took an 11-7 lead in the first quarter of the rubber game, but Flushing rallied with a 16-7 second period and a 12-10 third to take a 35-28 lead into the final eight minutes. Carman-Ainsworth then erupted for a 19-5 domination in the fourth to pull out the win.

McDonald also had four rebounds and four blocked shots. Proby added four rebounds.

Carman-Ainsworth had to battle for the district title last Friday at Lapeer West, edging Davison 48-42 in the final on Friday. The Cavs took a 15-8 first-quarter lead, but Davison cut it to 22-21 by halftime. Carman-Ainsworth widened the gap to 35-29 in the third quarter and held on through a 13-13 fourth. McDonald had 21 points, Stinnett scored nine and Proby had eight.

The Lady Cavs routed Kearsley 71-31 in the semifinal Feb. 26. McDonald had 25 points, Asjia Blanton scored 11 and Stinnett had 10 points and five assists. Shakara Johnson grabbed seven rebounds.

The winner of tonight’s regional final advances to a quarterfinal game Tuesday at Mount Pleasant against either Lakeland or Canton.

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