Carlstrom leads 4th quarter comeback as Hornets down Lady Pioneers

January 10, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Clare led after each of the first three quarters. Harrison led after the fourth. The Lady Hornets saved their best basketball of the game for the final quarter Friday night, allowing them to stage a comeback for a 56-51 victory.

“We were behind most of the game and down by five at the half,” Harrison head coach Nichole Carlstrom said. “At the half, we stressed defense and intensity

Clare’s Lainey Veenkant begins a drive through the lane.

Clare’s Lainey Veenkant begins a drive through the lane.

along with an adjustment on offense. Our girls did not give up and we played a better second half.”

Despite these changes, the Hornets still saw themselves down 37-31 entering the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Pioneers 25-14 in the final frame, thanks to some clutch free throw shooting and 11 points by Alexys Carlstrom.

“Aliona Heber made a free throw to tie the game and we just kept going,” Carlstrom said. “It was a great game with good sportsmanship by all players.”

The Pioneers had the hot-hand early on, getting an Olivia Haring and Bailey Taylor to hit a three pointer each and Emma Coker netted five points. Carlstrom scored all of the Hornets first quarter points, as Clare led 13-9 after one.

In the second, Haring and Coker buried a three pointer each, helping the Pioneers claim a 22-17 lead at the half. Haring’s strong night continued in the third as she hit a there and netted seven points in the frame. Harrison continued to hang around however, thanks in part to 10 more points by Carlstrom, as they were down just 37-31 entering the fourth.

Harrison came storming back in the final quarter, getting 11 points apiece from Carlstrom and Kayla Mogg.

Carlstrom finished her big night with 30 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and three assists. Mogg tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals, Sara

Harrison’s Alexys Carlstorm knocks down a shot as Emma Coker defends.  Photos by Shannon Zinser

Harrison’s Alexys Carlstorm knocks down a shot as Emma Coker defends. 
Photos by Shannon Zinser

Gillespie had six points and four boards, Kaitlyn Prell added four points and four rebounds and Heber had one point and one rebound. Jadyn Rauch added five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The Pioneers were paced by Haring with 17 points, Coker finished with 13, Taylor netted nine, Brooklyn Tocco had six, Regan Weeks put in four and Lainey Veenkant contributed two.

Harrison (2-2 overall, 2-1 JPC) played at Houghton Lake on Wednesday, returns home against Meridian tonight (Friday), hosts Evart on Tuesday and stays at home on Friday against Beaverton.

Clare (2-3, 2-2) played at Gladwin on Wednesday, heads to Farwell tonight (Friday), hosts Beal City on Tuesday and travels to Roscommon on Friday.

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