Fast starts have been the norm for the Lake Fenton varsity girls basketball team.

 For the third straight game, the Blue Devils absolutely dominated the first quarter and cruised to an easy victory, defeating the Owosso by an eye-popping 72-22 score.

 “We had five threes in the first quarter tonight,” Lake Fenton varsity girls basketball coach Brian VanBuren said. “It’s been great the last couple of games where we’ve been able to make our run at the start of the game. We’ve been giddy up from the start.”

 Friday night’s quick start was represented by the Blue Devils scoring the contest’s first 21 points, and those three-pointers that VanBuren discussed were mixed in that run. Christina Lamb and Macy Phillips scored back-to-back three-pointers, making it a quick 6-0 lead. Aubrey Frey followed with a rebound and scored the team’s next two points, followed by Lamb’s second trey. Lake Fenton led 11-0. Kerrigan Howdeshell hit two free throws and then came two more Lamb treys. The 21-0 run ended with two points from Phillips.

 Lake Fenton finished the first quarter with a 23-4 lead and led by a 41-13 margin at halftime. The lead grew to 62-19 by the end of the third quarter.

 Lamb had a big game, leading the Blue Devils with 19 points. She hit three threes and also had five rebounds. Phillips had 17 points and had three treys. She also had five rebounds. Frey finished the game with 10 points, six assists and two steals.

 VanBuren was impressed with his freshmen Amaya Smith, Emerson Baker and Savannah Fellenbaum.

 “The freshmen were solid again,” VanBuren said. “They didn’t have a lot of stats but they were solid on defense, all three of them. It’s so easy to coach them. All three of them play at a very good level for freshmen.”

 The Blue Devils are now 3-1 and within their three-game win streak has outscored their opponents by a combined score of 200-44. But the challenges are going to get tougher in the next handful of games. The Blue Devils host Goodrich Tuesday, travel to Ortonville Brandon on Friday and then play Walled Lake Western on Saturday.

 “This week is a huge week,” VanBuren said. “Let’s just say that the honeymoon of the last couple of games is going to end. There’s going to be some arguments this week. These games will be a challenge.”

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