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Freeland Fends Off Chelsea, Improves to 8-1

Freeland, Mich. - The Freeland Falcons (8-1) shot the lights out in the first half and rebuffed a second half comeback attempt by the Chelsea Bulldogs (7-3) holding on for a 67-61 victory.

Freeland 67, Chelsea 61

Junior Karie Keefer was outstanding scoring 33 of the Falcons' 67 points. The guard guided Freeland down the stretch, hitting all four free throws attempted in the final minute. In the first half, Keefer knocked down three long-range triples. In the first quarter, she dropped 16.

After trailing by 13 at the end of the third quarter, the closest the Bulldogs came to evening up the score was with an Avery Lay and-one lay-up that made it 60-58 with just over one minute remaining. A missed free throw gave the Falcons the ball, and an Addie Seemann basket once again brought it to a two-score game.

The junior Seemann compiled 17 points, including three in the final minute. Only two other Falcons posted points; first-year Jozelynn Begick had nine, and junior Jenna Kowalski tallied eight.

Lay led the way for Chelsea with 20, limited to six in the second half. Senior Leila Wells, a Marquette University commit, added 18, and senior Ella Day drilled three deep balls.

Tonight's full game archive is available here.

Both team's next contests will be in conference. The Falcons face off with Bay City John Glenn on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at FHS. Freeland stands in second in the Tri-Valley Conference-Red. Chelsea plays at Adrian to begin league play this Friday. The Bulldogs went a perfect 10-0 last season in the Southeastern Conference-White.

The next high school sports action on The Mitt will be this Friday, January 19th. A doubleheader between Midland and Dow at Midland High. Dow swept the twin bill on December 20th. Coverage starts at 5:50 p.m.


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