By Chris Zadorozny
The third time wasn’t a charm for the Inter-City girls’ basketball team.
Inter-City reached the Class D regional finals for the third-straight season and the Chargers were hoping to finally break through with a win.
It didn’t happen as Inter-City was beaten by Plymouth Christian 41-35 in a close game at Huron Valley Lutheran High School Thursday night.
The score was close throughout the entire game, but the Chargers couldn’t get the baskets needed to recover after losing a lead they held up until the end of the first half.
“We were right there. We actually stuck to our game plan, with the exception of four possessions in the first half,” said Inter-City Coach Josh Hubbard.
Plymouth scored the final basket of the first half and Hubbard said that gave the Wildcats a lift.
“I thought that gave them a tremendous amount of momentum going into the second (half),” he said.
In what became a foul-ridden game, Plymouth Christian took control as the Chargers committed 10 fouls in a row at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third. They eventually accumulated a total of 24 fouls.
Of the 41 points scored by the Warriors, 23 of those were from foul shots.
On the offensive end of the floor, the Chargers were plagued by missed shots.
“We just couldn’t get the one bucket to knock the lid off the rim in the second half,” said Hubbard “We just couldn’t get that one in, (and) I thought that made a difference.”
Three players led the way for the Chargers in terms of points. Senior Rachel Muscat had 14 points, junior Alyssa Saenz had 11 and sophomore Makayla Thoune added 10.
Inter-City was able to outrebound the Warriors with over 20-17, but Plymouth overcame that.
Leading the way for the Warriors was senior Karen Windle, who had a team-high 14 points.
Despite the loss, Hubbard was pleased with the season and the senior core of players that started the three-year run of success for the Chargers.
“The seniors showed tremendous leadership.” He said “We had two seniors who played very, very few minutes, but they were great every day in practice and on the bench. They fulfilled their role,” said Hubbard.
“Senior point guard Rachel (Muscat) was phenomenal this year. She cut her turnovers in half, she increased her scoring, she upped her rebounding and her assist to turnover ratio was probably double what it was last year.”
The Chargers lose just one starter – Muscat – to graduation. The other seniors are Becca Franklin, and Abbie Gitter.
To read the original post that appeared online on the MI Prep Zone on March 8, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald