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ICE BREAKER CLASSIC: Clash of Titans becomes battle of benches, as deeper Hartland pulls away from reigning D4 champ Lenawee Christian

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, December 8, 2019, 12:55 am

YPSILANTI — In a matchup of two of the best bigs in Michigan — Adrian Lenawee Christian’s Bree Salenbien and Hartland’s Whitney Sollom — Salenbien may have gotten a draw in the battle, but the much deeper Eagles won the war.

Despite early foul trouble for both, the top-100 talents both scored 15 points to lead their squad, but Hartland handily downed the reigning Division 4 champion, 61-40, the Seventh Annual Girls Basketball Ice Breaker Classic on Saturday

Dani Salenbien hit a trio of 3-pointers and added 13 points for Lenawee Christian (1-1). Hartland (1-0) got seven or more points from five players: Whitney Sollom (15), Madi Moyer (10), Leah Lappan (nine), Lillee Gustafson (nine) and Syd Caddell (seven).

Hartland went on a 5-0 run at the end of the first to pull away from an 8-8 tie, then extended the run to 11 points in the second quarter, leading 19-8. Both Whitney Sollom and Bree Salenbien had to sit for stretches of the first quarter with two fouls each, while Sollom picked up her third before the half — and then didn’t foul again. 

The Salenbien sisters scored the final eight points for Lenawee before halftime, but Hartland still held a 26-19 lead.

The Eagles outscored Lenawee Christian, 17-6, in the third quarter. 

Lenawee Christian, the last Class D champion before winning Division 4 last year, will visit Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes on Dec. 12.

Hartland visits reigning D1 champion Saginaw Heritage on Dec. 10.