Holly - Early on, the Fenton varsity girls basketball team struggled to find its offense on the road against the Holly Bronchos.
The Bronchos held the Tigers to just five first-quarter points. It wasn’t like the Bronchos were heating the gym on fire, but Holly still enjoyed an 8-5 lead after the first quarter. But the Tigers heated up and scored 36 points the rest of the way, resulting in a 41-38 victory.
The Bronchos were looking in good shape for most of the first half. A 17-foot jumper by Megan Strunk raised Holly’s lead to 12-7 with just 2:27 left in the half. Holly’s defense had held the Tigers to just three field goals to this point in the game. However, the Tigers offensive fortunes turned for the final 2:27. First, Brie Sanford hit a 12-foot jumper just seconds later. With 1:16 left, a pass from Korryn Smith to Kaleigh Shaker resulted in a three-pointer, tying the contest at 12-all. Fenton took the lead before the end of the half when Smith hit a putback hoop with 22.4 seconds left in the half. Fenton enjoyed a 14-12 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Bronchos always trailed. Fenton increased the lead to 19-12 on a Shaker assist on Samantha Whaling runner. Holly was able to cut the gap to 21-20 on a three-point hoop by Hannah Covert, but the Tigers took a 24-20 lead entering the fourth quarter on a Smith hoop.
In the fourth stanza the Tigers threatened to blow the game out. The lead grew to as many 10, twice. The final time came on a Samantha Whaling runner with about three minutes left in the game. However, the Bronchos (5-10) made one more furious run at the lead. Holy scored the next five points in the game, cutting the lead to 39-35 when Emma Tooley converted two free throws, cutting Fenton’s lead to 39-34. The run grew to six points when Tooley went to the line with eight seconds left. She made the first, but missed the second. A few seconds later, Fenton’s Smith iced the game with two free throws. A Tooley trey at the buzzer made the final score closer.
Kyla Lynch led the Tigers (5-11) with 15 points, including eight of Fenton’s 17 fourth-quarter points. Smith netted nine points while Whaling collected eight points.
Holly was led by Tooley’s 16 points with 11 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Hunter Weeder chipped in seven points while Abigail Johnston recorded six points.