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Trailing at halftime, Kettering storms past Clarkston, 55-39

Basketball   | Dan Stickradt

Trailing at halftime, Kettering storms past Clarkston, 55-39

(PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Stickradt)

 

Lake Orion - There are no style points in girls basketball, especially in the state tournament.

Waterford Kettering didn’t display a fine-tuned offensive machine on Monday. The Captains reverted to a stingy defense to stymie Clarkston. The result was a 55-39 victory over the Wolves in a Class A pre-district at Lake Orion.

Kettering, champions of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division, advances to the district semifinals against Pontiac on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Kettering overcame a rough shooting night (17-for-56) by holding Clarkston (15-6) to only 14-for-57 from the floor. The Captains outscored the Wolves 34-15 in the second half.

Kettering, which made a run to the state quarterfinals last season, swarmed Clarkston during the second half and forced 18 turnovers in the contest. The Captains held Clarkston’s 6-foot-1 sophomore center Kayla Luchenbach to just five points on 2-for-11 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds and four blocks before she fouled out with 4:57 to play. 

“Coach always tells us, its starts on the defensive end and the offense will come,” Kettering sophomore Marnae Holland said. “We picked it up in the second half.” 

Senior Kayla Russell led Clarkston 14 points.

“Kayla Russell played her heart out, especially in the fi