Imlay City’s Brie Hund is pressured by a North Branch defender in Friday’s clash.

IMLAY CITY — The North Branch varsity girls’ basketball team (18-2, 12-1) clinched a top Blue Water Area Conference finish, thanks to a 44-18 road triumph against Imlay City (15-5, 10-3) last Friday night.

The outcome also snapped an impressive 36-game winning streak at home for Imlay City.

In Friday’s game, North Branch bolted out to a 14-3 advantage after one quarter was complete.

They then followed it up with a 10-8 second quarter edge, increasing their cushion to 24-11.

Quarter number three would see North Branch managed four points as did Imlay City. That left them holding a 28-15 lead with 24 minutes elapsed.

North Branch then outscored Imlay City 16-3 the rest of the way, closing out a 44-18 win.

Makayla Bruman (six points, featuring a pair of treys) topped Imlay City’s scoring list that evening. Lily Lengemann (five points, with a triple), Chloe Bruman (four, including a trifecta), Alyssa Evans (two) and Natalie Stone (one) supported her performance.

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.