Chisholm Trail girls hold off Saginaw down stretch

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Saginaw Chisholm Trail left its Dec. 13 game against Saginaw with a bad taste in its mouth after giving up a basket at the buzzer to lose by one.

The Rangers were going to make sure that didn’t happen again Tuesday night as they made 5 of 8 free throws in the last 1:27 and held on for a 41-37 District 6-4A victory.

“That’s the biggest win in our program so far,” Chisholm Trail coach Lindy Lombard said. “We talked about wanting to be the most improved team in the second half of district and the girls have really bought into what we’re trying to teach them.”

The Rangers (14-10, 9-4 6-4A) trailed 24-20 at halftime, but held Saginaw (17-7, 9-3) to only three baskets in the second half, two from 3-point range in the fourth quarter by Kiley Laminack, who finished with a game-high 23 points.

Saginaw went 3 of 18 in the second half and turned the ball over 10 times, nine times in the third quarter when it was outscored 10-3. The Rough Riders finished the game hitting just 11 of 29.

“I just have to brag on my staff, especially Kris Kerr,” Lombard said. “I’m a man to man defense coach, but I’ve had to give that up and go with what is best for us, and that’s playing a zone and that is Kris’ specialty. Also, our point guard Krystal Eppright did a great job keeping her composure tonight.”

The victory puts Chisholm Trail, in only its second year of varsity competition, one game up on Dunbar, a team the Rangers split with this year.

Laci Hawthorne led the Rangers with 14 points, and Kiley Flood added 11.

Coming out of the locker room, Flood hit a 3-pointer to cut the Saginaw lead to 24-23, and her 3-pointer with 2:28 to go in the quarter broke a 25-all tie and the Rangers led the rest of the way.

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