FENTON – Carman-Ainsworth stepped outside of league play Tuesday night to visit Fenton and beat the Tigers 55-31 in a non-league girls’ basketball game.
Sydnee MacDonald had 25 points and 16 rebounds as the Lady Cavs improved to 11-8 overall. Natalia Kincaid added nine points.
Carman-Ainsworth took immediate control with a 19-6 first-quarter lead and led 24-12 at halftime. It was 40-22 going into the fourth quarter.
Last Friday, McDonald scored 35 points, her highest total since the season opener, and Carman-Ainsworth held off Davison 62-54 in a Saginaw Valley League-South game at Davison.
The Lady Cavs took a 15-9 first-quarter lead and were up just 27-24 at halftime and 44-40 going into the final eight minutes. An 18-14 fourth quarter sealed the win.
McDonald also had 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals as Carman- Ainsworth wrapped up its SVL-South campaign at 6-4. Chelsey Carpenter added 11 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, while Kincaid had six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Shakara Johnson grabbed eight rebounds.
The Lady Cavs will conclude the regular season tonight with a league crossover game against Midland at home.
Carman-Ainsworth will open Class A state tournament play at 7 p.m. Monday with a district game against Swartz Creek at Flint Kearsley. The winner willplayLapeerina6p.m.semifinalon Wednesday, while Davison and Kearsley meet in the other semifinal at 7:30. The district final will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6.
The champion will advance to a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 10 at Flushing against the Owosso district winner.
Carman-Ainsworth shook off the effects of a double-overtime loss just four days earlier and beat Fenton 55-46 in a non-league boys’ basketball game Tuesday night at the Gravel Pit.
The Cavaliers took an 11-6 first-quarter lead in a battle that would be close throughout. They led 24-19 at halftime and edged away slightly in the third quarter with a 13-9 effort that made it 37-28 going into the final eight minutes. The margin held through an 18-18 fourth quarter.
Jakavien Lewis had 17 points and four steals, and Jaylen Bradley added 15 points and six rebounds as Carman- Ainsworth improved to 5-12 overall. Leon Bell added eight points and Juwan Evans scored six to go with eight rebounds.
Last Friday, the Cavs took Davison into double overtime before losing 61-55 in a Saginaw Valley League- South game at Davison. Carman- Ainsworth erased a 24-19 halftime deficit with a 15-9 third quarter but went into overtime tied 46-46. A 3-3 overtime forced a second extra session, which Davison won 12-6.
Lewis had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, and Evans added 10 points, four rebounds and three steals. Chan Pearson had eight points, three boards and three steals, while Bradley grabbed six rebounds and had three steals. Dylan Alderson led Davison with 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Frank Vukaj had 17 points and 14 boards.
Carman-Ainsworth will play an SVL crossover game tonight at Mount Pleasant.