The last time the Holly varsity girls basketball team scored as many as 49 points in contest was on March 18, 2021.

 The 54-24 victory against Clio on that date also represented the last time the Bronchos have defeated an opponent by 20 or more points.

 That’s not the case any more. Holly dominated Kearsley on the Hornets’ home curt, earning a 49-29 Flint Metro League Stripes Division victory.

 “This was arguably our best game on both ends of the floor,” Holly varsity girls basketball coach Ben Varner said. “It was fun to score some points like that.”

 Also what made it fun was Holly dominated the game from the start, and scored double-digits in three of the four quarters.

 “We have not had double-digits in three quarters this year or last year,” Varner said. “That was huge for us tonight. No doubt.”

 Holly jumped to a 10-2 lead after one quarter, an enjoyed a double-digit lead at halftime after a 16-point second stanza. Holly led 26-13.

 Life continued to get more entertaining in the second half. Holly’s lowest output in any period was the third, when the Bronchos scored just eight points. However, they still won the quarter and led 34-18 entering the fourth stanza. In it, the Bronchos scored another 15 points.

 The Bronchos (3-10) also had some players that had memorable individual games. Alana Thomas scored a career-high 16 points to lead all scorers. She also grabbed 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, freshman Ella Azbell also had a career-high 11 points to go with her eight rebounds.

 “Alana had a monster night,” Varner said. “She made a bunch of putbacks. She’s been getting fouled and not getting a lot of calls. ... She made some shots tonight. That’s huge for her, and should give her confidence moving forward.

 “(Ella) played awesome. For sure it was her best game of the season.”

 Makena McGee chipped in six points while Annelise Thisse netted four points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

 “We did a nice job rebounding the ball tonight,” Varner said.

 Holly returns to action when they host Swartz Creek on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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