The Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City girls basketball team got past Nokomis on Saturday with a couple of sporadic runs and holding on for the 9-point win, 45-36.
CHBC picked up their 20th win of the season (20-8) and it took guard play to pull it off. Carsen Burks scored a game-high 13 points to lead the Bobcats to victory. Lauren Wojcik helped launching a hat trick of 3-point missiles and Mackenzie Bunch was also in the mix with 8 points.
CHBC went out to a 5-point lead at the end of the 1st quarter, 13-8. It became a trench war in the 2nd with both teams scoring just 7 points. CHBC held on to that 5-point lead at the half, 20-15.
CHBC repeated their 1st quarter dynamic in the 3rd with a 14-6 run to stretch their lead to 13 points. The not-so comfortable lead shrank in the final frame as Nokomis made a run, scoring 15 points. It wasn’t enough as CHBC put up 11 points to secure the win.
Burks scored 5 times from the floor with a pair of treys and 1-of-2 at the line. Wojcik’s points all came from long range. Bunch scored three times from the floor and added 2-of-6 at the line as she drew fire. Sabol led Nokomis with 11 points. No one else had more than six.
Bunch led CHBC on the boards with 6 rebounds and Sydney Lorton played the thief with a team-high 6 steals.
CHBC scored 17 times from the floor with 6 triples for 40 points. Nokomis scored 11 times, 3 times from distance for just 25 points. Nokomis used free throws to make the game closer. They shot 11-of-18 (61%), while CHBC was just 5-of-14 (35%), a 6-point edge to Nokomis.
CHBC (20-8) plays in the North Clay 1A Regional on Tuesday in the semifinal game, against the winner of the South Central (#7) v. Palestine (#10) game from Monday. CHBC is the sub-sectional 3-seed and the regional #2 seed. Brownstown is top regional seed. They have beat CHBC twice.
CHBC 45, Nokomis 36
CHBC stats: Burks 13 (3-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), L Wojcik 9 (3-3 pt FGs), M Bucnh 8 (3 FGs, 2/6 FTs), 6 reb, L Morrison 4 (2 FGs), Lorton 4 (2 FGs), 6 steals, Robertson 3 (FG, 1/4 FTs), Heckert 3 (FG), Cherry 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 17. 3-Pointers: 6 (L Wojcik 3, Burks 2, Heckert). Team FTs 5-of-14.
Noko stats: Sabol 11 (4 FGs, 3/4 FTs), Fesser 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Engleman 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Sneddon 5 (2 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Dangbar 4 (1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Eisenbarth 4 (4/7 FTs). Team FGs 11. 3-Pointers: 3 (Engleman, Fesser, Dangbar). Team FTs 11-of-18.