The Linden varsity girls basketball team played some outstanding first-half defense at Swartz Creek, and it earned the Eagles a strong Flint Metro League Stripes Division victory.
The Dragons were held to nine first-half points, eventually resulting in the Eagles’ 44-26 victory.
The game started as a defensive contest. Megan Widner had a little bit of offense in the first quarter, scoring five Linden points. Kelsey McLennan hit a trey and the Eagles led 9-5 after one quarter.
In the second quarter the defense remained the key for both squads. McLennan had four points and Paige Leedle hit a three-pointer. Meanwhile, Swartz Creek hit just one second-quarter field goal and Linden jumped to a 16-7 halftime lead.
In the second half the Eagles’ offense took over. Led by Leedle’s 10 third-quarter points, Linden scored 16 points in the stanza. Creek was held to just seven points and the Eagles led 32-16.
Leedle led the Eagles with a game-high 18 points. She also had five rebounds, four steals and three assists. McLennan netted 13 points, a team-high 11 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. Widner netted nine points to go with her six rebounds, three assists and two steals.