Almont’s Kendall Roszczewski dribbles to the hoop as Imlay City’s Lexa Forti defends in last Friday’s BWAC battle.

TRI-CITY AREA — Almont opened up a 33-22 cushion with 4:31 remaining and held on for a heart-stopping 36-35 win against visiting Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity girls’ basketball game last Friday night.

With the outcome, Almont goes to 8-7 and 4-4. Imlay City slips to 11-4 and 6-2.

In Friday’s game, Almont grabbed an 11-8 edge after one quarter had ended.

The middle two quarters saw Almont amass 20 total points and Imlay City hit for 12, leaving them up 31-20 with 24 minutes gone.

Almont then withstood a 15-5 final quarter rally, pulling out a 36-35 win.

Kendall Roszczewski paced Almont with a 15-point performance, including a trifecta. The Raiders also had Jesse Kautz, and Lydia LaCavera (five points, featuring a trey, each), Ava Panduren (five), Grace Koenig (four, with a triple) and Lauren Webster (two) reach the scoring column.

Lexa Forti (14 points, including four trifectas) and Makayla Bruman (nine, featuring a pair of treys) proved Imlay City’s toughest players to stop. They were backed by Lily Lengemann (five points), Brie Hund (a triple) along with Alyssa Evans and Chloe Bruman (two each).

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.