2018-02-08 / Sports

Flushing girls fall to Goodrich in OT

By Lisa Paine
810-452-2626 • lpaine@mihomepaper.com

Flushing’s Alex Long goes to the basket as Shelby Morrow (10) watches the shot against Clio last Friday. 
Photo by Todd Boone Flushing’s Alex Long goes to the basket as Shelby Morrow (10) watches the shot against Clio last Friday. Photo by Todd Boone GOODRICH -- The Flushing girls’ basketball team, the reigning Class A state champs, were defeated in an overtime thriller, 57-51, at Goodrich Tuesday night. Flushing is 12-0 in the Flint Metro League, 13-3 overall.

The Lady Martians held a narrow 27-25 lead at halftime, but Flushing came back to outscore Goodrich 12-10 in the third to even the score at 37-37 heading into the final quarter. The game remained neck and neck for much of the fourth, as both teams added 12 points each to force the overtime at 49-49. Goodrich held strong in the extra quarter, holding Flushing to just two points while added eight to take the win.

Alex Long led Flushing with 17 points, Maddie Morrison had 16 and 14 rebounds and Shelby Morrow 15. Thailyia Christensen had seven assists, four steals and three rebounds. Mackenzie Pemberton had five assists, one steal and six rebounds.

Last Friday, against Clio, the Lady Raiders won by 30 points to remain undefeated in the Flint Metro League at 12-0 and carry its Metro League win streak to 13 straight this season. Flushing is 13-2 overall.

Flushing had a bit of a cold start, missing its first eight shots before Alex Long drained a trey with just under four minutes left in the first quarter. Thailyia Christensen then hit a long shot that sparked her teammates, who ended the opening quarter leading 12-5. Flushing then held Clio to five points early in the second and gained an 18-5 advantage with just over two minutes left before halftime. Some sloppy play opened the door for Clio, which pulled to within nine, 20-11 by halftime.

Flushing came out of the break with a different attitude and grew its lead to 35-18 by the end of the third and poured in 17 points in the fourth to seal the win.

Flushing hit 20 of 57 shooting attempts for a 35% average and connected on 7 of 13 free throw attempts. Clio was successful on just 9 of 51 shots for an 18% average while hitting on 3 of 8 from the charity stripe. The Raiders committed 14 turnovers and were called for 11 personal fouls while Clio was guilty of 17 turnovers and whistled for 15 fouls.

Long led the Raiders with 14 points while Maddie Morrison had another good scoring night with 11 points, 15 boards, six assists and five blocks. Christensen chipped in with seven points and five assists and Shelby Morrow and Bryn Butler had six apiece. Mackenzie Pemberton pulled down seven rebounds.

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