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Posted on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 10:30 p.m.

Saline overcomes 16-point fourth quarter deficit to force OT and more Thursday results

By Matt Durr

A stunning comeback fell just a bit short for the Saline High School girls basketball team Thursday night.

The Hornets were able to overcome a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime with Ida, but eventually fell, 54-48.

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"One of the better comebacks I've been a part of as a player or a coach,” said Saline coach Jeff Waltz. "I was proud of their effort coming back."

Britten Clark helped spark the Hornets in the fourth quarter and scored a game-high 19 points.

"She gave it everything she had. She had one the best games of her career,” said Waltz.

Saline (2-4) struggled with Ida's zone defense in the first half and trailed 23-10 at the break. Saline scored just two points in the second quarter.

"We turned it over a little too much in the first half.” Waltz said, “We missed shots, and we gave up too many easy shots."

Trailing 36-20 entering the fourth quarter, Saline scored 24 points in the final stanza and sent the game into overtime. But a lack of execution cost the Hornets the victory as they were unable to make plays in the extra frame, according to Waltz.

Bree Maddux led Ida (1-1) with 15 points on the night.


A five-point third quarter spelled doom for Manchester. After taking a 33-29 lead into the locker room at the half, the Flying Dutchmen were outscored 19-5 in the third quarter and never recovered.

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Josh Finley led the way for Manchester with 15 points, including three baskets from 3-point land. David Luckas contributed 13 points of his own.

Manchester is now 1-5 on the year and is 0-2 in the Cascades Conference.

Chris Roe had a game-high 22 points for Michigan Center and Eddie Niecko scored 14.


Momin Malik scored 17 points and Kornelius Saxton had 12, but the Chargers couldn't make layups down the stretch in a back-and-forth game with Detroit Edison.

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"They put on a press and we couldn't handle it," said EWMA coach Jibri Taylor. "We had some late turnovers and couldn't score underneat the basket when we needed to.

Eastern Washtenaw (2-3) trailed 23-21 at half, but had a 34-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter befor being outscored 16-10 in the final frame.


Offensive woes were a large part of Skyline’s loss Wednesday night. Only four players made it to the scoring sheet for the Eagles, who normally rely on their depth to win games.

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“They are very well coached and they were big, physical, poised and confident. They defended well, rebounded well and handled our pressure all night,” Skyline coach Mike Lovelace said of Salem.

Skyline (4-2) trailed 29-26 at halftime and was only down seven when the fourth quarter began, but was unable to string along a consistent run of baskets to make the game any closer. Salem outscored Skyline 21-12 in the fourth quarter.

“We could not seize momentum for any real stretch of the game,” said Lovelace. “We kept waiting for our kids to go on a run and get excited about something and we just kept waiting and waiting and it never came.”

Theron Wilson and Jack Clark each scored 15 points for the Eagles. Wilson added six rebounds and five assists.