Imlay City wins first district title since 2005
IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity girls’ basketball team saw to it that their postseason path would continue a bit longer, rolling to a 43-29 victory over Marysville in a Division 2 district championship matchup last Friday night.
Almont High School is where the contest took place.
It marked the first district title for Imlay City since the 2005 campaign.
With the outcome, Imlay City advances to a regional semifinal clash at Goodrich High School. There they will square off versus Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook.
In Friday’s district championship matchup, Imlay City bolted out to a 14-4 advantage after one quarter was over with.
The next eight minutes of action would see Imlay City generate 13 points and Marysville manage 10, pushing their lead to 27-14 at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Imlay City widened the gap even more. Aided by a 13-9 third quarter edge, the Spartans took a commanding 40-23 advantage with 24 minutes gone.
Marysville then put together a 6-3 fourth quarter rally, only to drop a 43-29 verdict when the final second ticked off the clock.
Kayla Rossen’s 14-point effort paced Imlay City that evening. Ana Lengemann (13 points, including three trifectas), Lily Lengemann (five, featuring a trey), Delayna Osko and Mary Lengemann (four each), Abigail Thibodeau (two) and Jaya Forti (one) also reached the scoring column.
Imlay City also received 10 rebounds courtesy of Rossen.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.