Dow, No. 6 in Class A, shocks No. 1 Heritage, 48-40
Midland – Midland Dow stunned Saginaw Heritage on Friday taking own the state’s top-ranked team, 48-40, in a Saginaw Valley Association game at Dow.
“It’s a big win for us,” said Dow coach Kyle Theisen. “They came out and they did the things we have been working on in practice and they answered the bell.”
It was the second meeting between the rivals this season. The Hawks defeated the Chargers, 53-38, on Jan. 19.
“We were able to execute our game plan against them,” said Theisen. “They moved the ball, they hit shots and we rebounded when it counted and I think that was the biggest thing is we out rebounded them tonight.”
Midland-Dow (14-3), ranked No. 6 in Class A, is 12-1 in the league. Heritage (15-1) is also 12-1
The Hawks jumped out to an early 12-6 lead in the first quarter. Dow responded well in the second quarter scoring 17 points including a buzzer beating three-pointer from freshman guard Molly Davis to take a 22-21 lead at halftime.
“I honestly didn’t think it was going to go in when it left my hands,” said Davis. “I knew time was running out and I just wanted get a shot off before the half, it got us really pumped and I think I gave us a lot of momentum in the second half.”
Davis finished the game with 12 points, nine on 3-pointers.
“It was a huge for our momentum knowing that we were going into the half with the lead,” Theisen said. “The only thing I was afraid of was that maybe we it would be a little too emotional and that was going to be our high point.
“We talked a lot at halftime about not letting the ‘now we’ve won mentality’ get to us and that we still had to come out and play in the second half.”
That halftime message was received as the Chargers outscored the hawks 14-7 in the third.
Junior guard Ellie Taylor was the leading scorer for the Chargers totaling 13 points and three 3-pointers.
Dow was 9-of-12 on three-point attempts.
“In every win it a lot about how we do in our outside shooting,” Theisen said. “It’s something that we work on and a very big part of everything thing we do.
“When we’re knocking down shots we’re a hard team to beat because we have four girls on the court that can hit from the three-point line.
Junior forward Kaylee Wasco led Dow with 13 rebounds.
Courtney McInerney and Jenna Falkenberg each totaled eight points to lead the offensive attack for Heritage.