The Fenton varsity girls basketball team played some strong defense and was able to come out with a 41-36 road victory.

 The Tigers had to play strong defense because their offense struggled early on.

 Fenton only scored three points — all three by Tammy Craven — but Fenton held Brandon to just seven first-quarter points. Fenton only trailed 7-3.

 The offensive woes continued in the second quarter. Adrie Staib nailed Fenton’s only two buckets of the second quarter, and the Tigers hit on just 2-of-6 free throws in the period, resulting in a nine-point first half. However, the Tigers remained in the ball game at the intermission because Brandon only had 18 first-half points of their own. The only player with as many as eight points at the half was Brandon’s Riley Abney with eight.

 Fenton’s offense heated up in the second half, scoring 16 in the third quarter. Madison Slezinski netted five third-quarter points while Kaleigh Shaker netted four points, helping spark the offense. Meanwhile, Brandon scored just eight third-quarter points. Abby Logan concluded the third quarter with a trey at the buzzer, cutting the Fenton deficit to just 26-25 entering the final quarter.

 In the fourth stanza, Shaker netted two three-pointers and Keegan Weddle and Slezinski had a bucket each. But maybe what determined the victor was the free-throw line. Fenton netted 9-of-10 free throws in the second half (a perfect 6-for-6 in the fourth), while Brandon missed all five of its free-throw attempts in the final eight minutes.

 Shaker and Slezinski led the Tigers with 10 points. All of Shaker’s points came in the second half while Slezinski scored nine of hers in the second half. Tammy Craven and Staib had six points each while Logan finished with five. Weddle finished with two.

 Riley Abney and Jada Brady had 12 points each for Brandon.

 Fenton (3-0 in the Flint Metro Stripes Division and 4-4 overall) plays a key division game at Linden on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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