Saginaw Boswell outlasts Saginaw 48-45

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Every time Saginaw Boswell needed a big play in the fourth quarter against rival Saginaw, it was senior Megan Ledbetter that was there.

Trailing by two entering the final quarter, Ledbetter drained a 3-pointer to give the Pioneers a one-point lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as Boswell held on for a 48-45 District 6-4A victory Tuesday at Saginaw High School.

Saginaw, which trailed by as many as 11 early in the second quarter, worked its way back and trailed by just two with 58 seconds to go. Saginaw then fouled Ledbetter with 25 seconds left and she sank both free throws to put Boswell (15-7, 7-0) back up by four.

After two foul shots pulled the Rough Riders (13-5, 5-2) back within two, Boswell missed the front end of a one and one with 15 seconds. On the next possession, Ledbetter blocked Saginaw’s game-tying three to preserve the victory.

“She is a senior and our captain and made some big plays for us today when we needed them,” Boswell coach Ken Cook said. “In this type of game it doesn’t matter who the better team is we always know it’s going to be a dog fight.”

Ledbetter, who led all scorers with 16 points, and teammate Markysha Forrest, who added 11, sparked an early 18-7 Boswell run with six points apiece.

Saginaw, who was led by Kiley Laminack’s 12 points, turned the ball over four times in their first six possessions but used a 12-0 run to take a 19-18 lead with 2:37 left in the half.

Saginaw was able to stay in the game by getting to the free throw line 28 times, but struggled making just 14 including just 1 of 4 in the last 58 seconds.

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