— A year ago, beating Beecher was one of just three wins for the Carman-Ainsworth girls’ basketball team.
This year, it was a breakthrough victory for the Lady Cavaliers.
Carman-Ainsworth edged the Lady Bucs, 70-67, last Thursday at Beecher to post its fourth win of the season, surpassing the total of both the last two seasons, when the Lady Cavs won only three games each year. This victory put them at 4-2 for the season.
Carman came off a lackluster loss to Royal Oak Shrine a week earlier to outlast Beecher in a wild, high-scoring game.
Ashley Hall scored 19 points and Jasmine Jones had 12, as once again, all 12 Lady Cavs played and eight of them scored. Brandi Rimmer added nine points, Tiara Gooch scored eight, Kinterra Tomlin, Kapri Thompson and Tierra Mitchell had six each, and Aliah Stinnett chipped in four.
Carman-Ainsworth took a 15-11 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 32-26 at halftime. But Beecher roared back with a 22-15 third quarter to up by six points at one point and take a 48-47 edge into the final eight minutes of action.
The Lady Cavaliers then put together their best quarter of the night, outscoring the Lady Bucs, 23-19, in the fourth to pull out the victory.
Carman-Ainsworth slipped back to 4-3 Tuesday with a 53-40 loss at Hartland.
The Lady Cavs fought back from a 44- 25 deficit with 4:59 to go, but couldn’t catch the Lady Eagles, who stayed unbeaten at 4-0. Jasmine Boyd had 12 points to lead Carman.
The Lady Cavs are off until Jan. 3, when they will host Grand Blanc in a rematch of an earlier game. The Lady Bobcats edged Carman, 50-48, at Grand Blanc on Nov. 30.