AE sets school record with win over Akron-Fairgrove


FAIRGROVE — The Lady Eagles have made school history for the second time this season when they picked up their 19th win at Akron-Fairgrove on Feb. 23.

Arenac Eastern coasted to a 57-29 victory.

“That broke the school record,” AE coach Butch Beckham said. Last winter, including the postseason, the Lady Eagles won 18 of 22 games, he added. The Eagles reached number 19 in their 20th game this season.

AE coach Butch Beckham said the game was valuable, despite being a relatively easy “w,” because it helped get some players ready for districts.

“I took our JV players with us,” he said. “They played about a quarter and a half. They’re going to come up for districts.”

Five different JV players traveled to Akron-Fairgrove with the varsity squad. While they rotated in and out regularly for most of the game, the JV’ers played together for much of the fourth quarter, the only quarter AE was outscored. The Eagles were outscored 12-6 in the fourth, but led 51-17 after the first three stanzas.

Chelsea Dery paced AE with 16 points. Brianna Dery scored 10 and grabbed eight rebounds. Ashley Navarre had nine rebounds, and Danielle Jurek tallied six assists.

The Akron-Fairgrove contest was originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22, but was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Earlier this season, the Lady Eagles made school history when they won the first North Star League girls basketball title in AE history.


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