Blackwell's 22 points including a late 3-pointer gives East Kentwood big division victory

Basketball   | Steve Vedder

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Kentwood - All Alona Blackwell had to do was keep her head in the game.


After a torrid start, the East Kentwood sophomore guard did little offensively until hitting the game's biggest basket in the Falcons' 55-51 win over Caledonia in an O-K Conference Red Division game on Friday.


Blackwell scored 17 points in the first 10 minutes, then went without a field goal for the next 21 minutes before hitting a huge 3-pointer with 1:40 left that wiped out a 51-50 deficit.


It was a game in which East Kentwood (16-1, 9-0) blew an early 26-11 lead, managed only six second half baskets and missed 8-of-17 second-half free throws, yet still gained a share of its first division title since 2012.


At least some of the credit had to go to Blackwell, whose clutch 3-pointer virtually saved the night for the Falcons, who upped their winning streak to 15 games following a Dec. 2 loss to Grand Rapids Catholic Central.


Blackwell said despite her chilly second half shooting, she had no trouble with attempting the 3-pointer.


"You just stay in the game and don't get down," she said. "My teammates encouraged me. We were down two or three, I had the shot, and I took it.&q