AE tops county rival in first round

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BAY CITY — There’s an old cliché in sports that one of the hardest things to do is beat a team twice in one year, but the Arenac Eastern girls basketball team had little trouble taking down AuGres-Sims for the third time this year — the latest victory coming Wednesday in the first round of districts.

AE coach Butch Beckham said the Wolverines tried keeping the ball out of his team’s hands for much of the game, but AE was still able to dominate, winning 53-30 in the first round matchup at Bay City All Saints High School.

“It was relatively close after the first quarter,” Beckham said. He added the Eagles were up 7-1 after the first quarter, but were able to continue putting points on the board and force AGS to play more aggressively, as they seemed to be stalling on offense.

Eastern led 21-10 and halftime and outscored the Wolverines in the third, but only by one point.

“They (AGS) made eight free throws,” Beckham said. “We fouled them on a lot of rebounds.”

However, a 19-8 fourth quarter sealed the deal for AE.

Ashley Navarre was the Eagles’ leading scorer, putting in 13 points. Chelsea Dery and Danielle Jurek each added nine points.

Ashley Maser scored 10 for the Wolverines.

The win puts the Eagles in a district championship showdown with Michigan Lutheran Seminary on Friday. MLS knocked Bay City All Saints out of the tournament on Wednesday, winning 63-48.

AE and MLS tip off on Friday at All Saints High School at 7 p.m.

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