Imlay City’s Natalie Stone seeks out an open teammate in Friday’s clash with North Branch.

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City fell for the first time versus Blue Water Area Conference counterparts this season, dropping a 46-31 verdict to host North Branch in a varsity girls’ basketball showdown last Friday night

The outcome also marked Imlay City’s first Blue Water Area Conference setback since February 25, 2020.

With the decision, North Branch improves to 11-1 and 7-0. Imlay City slips to 11-3 and 6-1.

In Friday’s battle, Imlay City spotted North Branch a 10-5 lead after one quarter was over with.

Imlay City then fought back with a 13-10 second quarter advantage, closing the gap to 20-18 at the halftime break.

When the action, resumed, North Branch countered with an 11-4 third quarter edge. That staked the Broncos to a 31-22 advantage with 24 minutes elapsed.

North Branch then outscored Imlay City 15-9 from that point on, good for a 46-31 win at night’s end.

Lily Lengemann led Imlay City with 13 points, including three trifectas. She was backed by Lexa Forti (nine points, featuring a pair of treys), Chloe Bruman (four), Hannah Carney (a triple) and Alyssa Evans (two).

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.