Ortonville-Brandon visited Ovid-Elsie Thursday night for the season finale. Seven seniors were recognized before the game as they played their last game on their home floor. Micayla Coleman, Kierah Darling, Kennedy Haynes, Kylee Sevenski, Katelyn Stewart, Kylie Visger, and Erin Witt make up the class of 2019.
“This has been a special group to coach,” said Head Coach Ryan Cunningham. “These kids have put a lot of time and effort into getting better and also trying to leave an impact on our program. I owe a lot to these kids for sticking it out through thick and thin and for helping to get Ovid-Elsie girls’ basketball back to being a respectable program.”
Ovid-Elsie jumped out to a 18-9 first quarter lead and followed it up with a 13-3 second quarter to make it 31-12 at half. The third quarter was much of the same as OE out-scored Brandon 17-6. A 13-7 fourth quarter advantage for Brandon made the final score 55-31. OE led by as many as 30.
Lauren Barton led OE with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals while Caitlyn Walter scored 11 points and also grabbed 3 steals. Walter’s second triple of the night tied Linnea Brandholm’s single-season record of 39.
Kylee Sevenski scored 9 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists while Kierah Darling scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Josie Nash added 5 points, Kylie Visger 3 points and 3 rebounds, and Erin Witt also had 3 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Kennedy Haynes and Madison Cunningham each had 2 points.
Witt also stands as the new career assist record holder with (at least) one more game to go. She has also broke her own season assist record this year with 96 helpers currently.
The Lady Marauders turned Brandon over 23 times, 19 of which were steals. They also assisted 15 times on 17 made baskets and shot a respectable 66.7% from the line (16-24). After being out-rebounded in the first half, the rebound war ended tied 31-31.
Ovid-Elsie improves to 11-9 on the season and will play Wednesday night in the district semi-finals against Mt. Morris. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. and will be at Corunna High School.