FLINT TWP. — Somewhere over the holiday break, the Carman-Ainsworth girls’ team forgot that basketball is a 32-minute game.
The Lady Cavaliers had a nine-point lead over Grand Blanc with 13 minutes to go Monday night, but watched it dissolve into a 60-51 loss on their home court.
Grand Blanc used a 14-3 run over the last five minutes of the third quarter to take a 43-41 lead and pulled away with a 17-10 fourth quarter to beat the Lady Cavs for the second time this year. The Lady Bobcats won, 60-58, on Nov. 30.
Carman-Ainsworth is 4-4 and has a two-game losing streak for the first time this year.
“We have to be a fourquarter team, that’s it,” said Lady Cavs coach Johnese Vaughn. “We came out in the third quarter and weren’t prepared mentally. The first minute we were OK, then all of a sudden we relaxed.”
Carman hadn’t played a game since losing at Hartland, 53-40, on Dec. 21.
“That’s no excuse,” said Vaughn. “We had a scrimmage over the break and did real well in that. I was real excited and confident in our game plan coming into this game. But certain things have to remain consistent, and us playing hard for four quarters is the biggest one.”
Tiara Gooch had 10 points in the first quarter as Carman went up 17-15. The Lady Cavs stretched it to 35- 29 by halftime and held a 38-29 advantage with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter. But Grand Blanc won the third quarter, 14-6, and built a 55-46 command with 1:30 left in the game.
Kapri Thompson led the Lady Cavs with 16 points and Gooch finished with 15. Jasmine Jones scored 10 and Brandi Rimmer had five. Destiny Stephens led Grand Blanc (4-1) with a career-high 23 points and 6-foot Shareta Brown added 17.
Carman-Ainsworth will visit Flint Northwestern on Monday and hosts Bridgeport on Tuesday.