TEMPERANCE -- Friday’s varsity girls basketball contest between Saline and Bedford wasn’t your run-of-the-mill early January contest. For starters, it’s a rivalry game. Secondly, it was the SEC Red opener for both squads. And lastly, both teams came into the game with unblemished records.
Only Saline’s perfect record remained in tact after the Hornets 57-56 victory.
As early-season wins go, it was big-time.
“Bedford was undefeated going into this game as well so they were a really good team. It was an awesome atmosphere with a big crowd and the full pep band. It was a great experience for our team,” coach Leigh Ann Roehm said.
Ella Stemmer led the way with 23 points, eight rebounds and 2 steals. Kelsey Alexander had nine points and five rebounds while Steffi Bentley scored nine points and five rebounds.
Saline led 17-13 after the first quarter but then fell behind 26-22 by halftime.
“Bedford shot incredibly well from the three point line and the crashed the offensive glass hard,” Roehm said.
The Hornets took over during a third period during which they outscored Bedford 19-8.
“Ella Stemmer started our third quarter with six points and then Liz Sekerak sparked our third quarter run with six quick points and two big steals,” Roehm said. “Finally, we ended the quarter with an ‘and one’ play by Kelsey Alexander.”
In the fourth, Bedford wouldn’t go away. Down by seven, the closed to within one.
“Ella Stemmer really led us down the stretch with 12 fourth-quarter points,” Roehm said.
It was the biggest test of the season for a Saline team that has often run roughshod over their opponents. The Hornets passed their test. After many wins by blowouts, winning a hard-fought, tight game was just what coach Roehm wanted to see.
“This was a great test for us to show composure in a close game against a solid team on the road. I was proud with the way we competed and bounced back even when Bedford made their runs at us,” Roehm said.
Liz Sekerak (six points, three rebounds, two steals), Maddy Welch (five points, five rebounds), Nicole Sweetland (three points, two steals) and Erin Reilly (two points, two steals) also made the scorebook.
JV Hornets Win, 54-19
In the junior varsity tilt, Saline pulled away with a 17-6 second quarter and went on to win, 54-19.
Nine Hornets made the scorebook. They were led by Brielle Eugeni, who scored eight of her 14 points in the third quarter. Ashtyn Mosingo scored nine points. Also scoring for the Hornets were Ella Dean and Abigail Kreuzer (seven points), Alaina Dorset (six points), Natalie Sweetland (five points), and Avery McClelland, Maya Abdallah and Abigail Zambeck (two points)