FLINT TWP. — A good basketball season turned great for the Lady Cavaliers last Friday.
Carman-Ainsworth edged nemesis Flint Powers Catholic, 45-43, to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Lady Chargers dating back more than five years. Powers had beaten the Lady Cavs in 49 of their previous 50 meetings, with the only exception a 72-65 Carman victory on Sept. 20, 2005.
Jasmine Jones scored the winning basket with seven seconds left as Carman improved to 8-9 for the season, a modest record overall but light years ahead of their 3-18 showing the last two seasons. The Lady Cavs are 2-3 in the Big Nine Conference, but lost any hope of a title share when Flushing beat Davison on the same night.
No matter. Beating Powers felt like a championship night as the Lady Cavs led much of the game. They went up, 10-9, after one period and extended the lead to 20-16 by halftime. A 15-10 third quarter put them ahead, 35-27, and they still led by seven points with six minutes left.
Powers tied it, 43-43, with 31 seconds left, but Ashley Hall’s steal with 13 seconds showing led to Jones’ winning basket. Kapri Thompson clinched the victory with a steal in the final seconds as Carman avenged a 46-45 loss at Powers on Jan. 21.
Jasmine Boyd led the Lady Cavs with 12 points, Thompson scored nine, and Jones and Hall added six apiece. Tiara Gooch chipped in five.
Carman stepped outside the league Tuesday night and beat Saginaw Heritage, 64-48, at home. The Lady Cavs are 9-9 overall and will play another non-league game next Tuesday at Holly, then close the regular season with a Big Nine game at Davison on Feb. 25.