DEWITT – Makenna Ott had one of the best nights of her high school career.
And it provided the Haslett girls basketball team with a lift in a matchup of the state’s top teams.
The senior forward scored a career-high 25 points to help the Class B No. 1-ranked Vikings to a 55-44 victory over rival and Class A top-ranked DeWitt in Friday’s CAAC Red showdown.
“She had a great night for us,” Haslett coach Bob Currier said. “We were very aware of who was guarding her and where and we tried to take advantage of those situations”
Junior Megan Mowid added 16 points for Haslett, which never trailed while improving to 8-0 (3-0 CAAC Red).
“It means a lot to come out so strong and pull ahead from the beginning, and just stay in it the entire game to pull through all the way until the end,” said Mowid, who had nine points in the opening quarter to spark Haslett’s strong start.
Claudia Reid had 14 points and Lilly George scored 11 for DeWitt, which shot just 24 percent and made 5 of 25 3-pointers against Haslett’s zone.
“It was a rough night shooting, no question,” DeWitt coach Bill McCullen said. “We got a lot of 3s, and we’ve got to knock them down when we get those opportunities to stay in a game with a team like that.”
Despite their shooting struggles, the Panthers (7-1, 2-1) were within striking distance most of the night. DeWitt trailed 26-24 in the middles stages of the third quarter after a basket by Alexander Bilbo led to a Haslett timeout.
Ott, who was 10 of 12 from the floor, responded by scoring six unasnwered points to help Haslett regain control. That stretch was part of her 12 points over the game’s final 12 minutes that helped the Vikings pull away for another win by double figures.
“DeWitt is known for coming back,” Ott said. “We’ve been up on them before and they come back and they take the lead on us and they come out fighting hard. You never know what you’re going to get. I didn’t really think about just taking it upon myself, it was really just my teammates making it all happen for me.”
And Haslett hopes this win provides it with momentum as it continues a tough upcoming stretch with games against Williamston and Waverly next week.
“This win helps us and we hope to carry this on throughout the season,” Ott said. “If we can accomplish this, we can accomplish other things and achieve high goals”
Karson Tripp (right) of Haslett knocks down a 3-point shot over Lilly George (44) of DeWitt early in the 4th quarter of their game Friday January 9, 2015 in DeWitt. The bucket put Haslett up 43-32 on their way to a 55-44 win in this clash of number ranked teams.