DAVISON — Carman-Ainsworth shook off a cold first half and beat Flint Kearsley, 47-33, in the first round of the Class A girls’ basketball district Monday night at Davison.
The Lady Cavaliers struggled to a 10-7 first-quarter lead and a 21-18 half-time edge. They were still up by only 25-23 in the third when they exploded for a 16-0 run to take control.
The Cavs started their rally with five straight points that forced Kearsley to take a timeout with 2:57 left in the third quarter. When play resumed, Carman-Ainsworth came out in a full-court press that forced nine Kearsley turnovers and a jump ball in the Hornets’ next 12 possessions. The Cavs gained their largest lead, 41-23, early in the fourth quarter.
Randi Richardson scored 14 points and Aliah Stinnett had nine to lead Carman-Ainsworth. Kinterra Tomlin added eight points, as eight different Cavs scored. Haleigh Morgan led Kearsley with 10 points, but scored only two in the second half.
Carman-Ainsworth took on host Davison in Wednesday night’s semifinals. The Cardinals were Saginaw Valley League-South champions and beat the Lady Cavs twice in league play. The winner advances to the district final at 7 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the Swartz Creek- Lapeer West semifinal.