The Linden varsity girls basketball team had its best offensive game of the season Tuesday night, and Owosso was the victim of the Eagles’ offensive proficiency.
The Eagles traveled to Owosso and won a 61-47 Flint Metro League crossover contest.
Paige Leedle had a big say in the strong offensive contest. She scored a game-high 26 points. Leedle began the game with seven points in the first quarter. Olivia Wawhinney and Kelsey McKennan added two points each as the Eagles took an 11-7 lead into the second quarter.
In the second quarter Leedle was deadly. She nailed two three-pointers and four other field goals, collecting a 14-point stanza. In fact, it was all 14 of the Eagles’ points in the stanza. Meanwhile, Peyton Spicer tried to keep the Lady Trojans in the contest by scoring five second-quarter points of her own for the home squad. Owosso actually scored 14 points of its own in the stanza and the teams went into halftime with the Eagles leading just 25-21.
The third quarter was Linden’s most balanced and most productive quarter of the contest. Five Linden players scored at least a point as the Eagles netted 19 points. Leedle and Mawhinney scored five points each while Megan Widner and Shaye Barkholz had four points each in the stanza. Sawyer Ball-Duley had seven third-quarter points for Owosso, but she alone couldn’t help her team keep pace with the Eagles. Linden entered the fourth quarter leading 44-32.
In the fourth quarter, six Linden players scored and none had more than four points. Barkholz and Kayla Widner had that many and McLennan had three points, as Linden iced the victory with 17 fourth-quarter points. Linden helped themselves at the line, making 8-for-11 free throws in the second half. The Eagles made 10-of-15 free throws. Owosso was unable to take advantage at the line. In fact, Linden foul trouble probably helped keep Owosso within shouting distance of Linden for most of the game. Many key Linden players had to dance around foul trouble during different times in the contest. However, Owosso hit just 12-of-26 free throws, hurting their chances significantly of earning a home victory against the Eagles.
“We definitely started the game slow,” Linden varsity girls basketball coach Zack Darling said. “It wasn’t until the second half that we really got going. We started playing a little big harder, making some shots and getting some turnovers.
“Overall it was a tough fought win and another good one for us to build on.”
Leedle finished with 26 points, but six other Eagles did score points. Mawhinney had nine points while Barkholz netted eight points. Megan Widner chipped in six points while McLennan had five points. Kayla Widner had four points and Emma Watson had two.
“Paige played another really good game,” Darling said. “Her shot wasn’t falling early on so she got herself some shorter easier buckets and then the rest of her game came right after that.”
Ball-Duley led Owosso with 10 points while Kendall Anderson had 10 points. Peyton Spicer chipped in nine.
The Eagles (2-1 in the Flint Metro League Stripes Division and 6-3 overall) host first-place Fenton in a Stripes Division game Friday at 5:30 p.m.