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Chelsea Girls JV Team Takes Down Dexter

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Chelsea’s Jordan Holton drives the lane against Dexter. She would finish as the team’s top scorer

Dexter hosted their arch rivals Chelsea on Thursday night and started off strong but the Bulldogs were able to come back and finish strong for the big 31-26  victory bringing them to 12-6 on the season.

Dexter took control early on in the defensive battle but Chelsea Head Coach Andrea Hollandsworth made good use of her timeouts and substitutions in the “chess match” against Dexter’s head coach Fred Ligrow. Chelsea’s defense really tightened up in the second period and both teams went to halftime tied at 13.

Dexter came out strong early on in the third period scoring six quick points but Chelsea battled back and then Chelsea’s Kyle Bragg stole the ball and spotted her best friend and teammate Jordan Holton at the other end of the court hitting her with a perfect fast break pass which Holton finished with 2 to tie the game up at 19. The Bulldogs then clamped down defensively and never trailed again as their inside game took over with Jenna Fosdick making some big shots.

Chelsea took advantage of several fouls down the stretch to seal the victory and secure a hard fought battle. Holton almost had a double-double and finished with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Fosdick finished with 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 huge blocked shots. Gabby Udell finished with 6 points, while Caitlin Dusenbury put up 5.

The Bulldogs are off until Tuesday when they will host Bedford at 7 P.M. at the Washington Street Education Center (WSEC).

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Chelsea Water Polo Upsets Grand Blanc In Overtime

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Chelsea goalkeeper Catherine Wellman makes a big save for the Lady Bulldogs

The first thing you notice about the Chelsea women’s water polo team is their size or lack of it. Not the height as 6 foot 2-inch netminder Catherine Wellman towers over most people, but the size of the number of players on the team. There are only 10 girls on the team which limits substitutions since 7 girls are in the water all at once. The team is so small that the varsity team is actually the junior varsity team also!

But although small in players Coach Gayle Hurn’s Lady Bulldogs are big on heart and teamwork. And going up against a much bigger and experienced Grand Blanc team was going to be very tough. But it was senior night and the Lady Bulldogs were going to try to honor their 3 seniors with a victory.

The visiting Bobcats struck first when Izzy Curtiss snuck one past Wellman. But in the second quarter, the Bulldogs roared back with a big goal by Sophomore Melissa Jolly. The Bobcats then dominated the 2nd with goals by Miranda Gutierrez and Curtiss taking a 3-1 lead into the half.

After Hurn’s strategy was laid out to the ladies for the second half play resumed and the Coaches plan worked as Senior Meryl McDonnel faked the Bobcat netminder out and blasted the ball into an empty net. That was the beginning as Chelsea exploded for 2 more goals, by Senior Captain Emma Adkins and McDonnel again to take a 4-3 lead in the third. But the Bobcats weren’t giving up and retaliated with 3 quick goals of their own. After a Coach Hurn timeout to settle the girls down, the Bulldogs hit the water again trailing by 2. The Bobcats had several great chances but Wellman made many outstanding save and just got better as the game went on, keeping her team close enough for a comeback.

With time being of the essence, Chelsea took advantage of some great passing and was able to get Jolly open for her second goal of the night. Trailing by 1 things were starting to look bleak as the Bulldogs were looking for their 4th victory of the season. After another Coach Hurn timeout, Chelsea used whatever she told the ladies, and used it well, because the play was executed perfectly by the team as Adkins scored the tying goal sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Lady Bulldogs got the ball and moved it right away to set up  Jolly’s third goal of the night for the lead. The Bobcats tried many different things including using lots of substitutions to take advantage of the tired Bulldogs but they weren’t having it as Sophomore Serena Adams put the icing on the cake with a beautiful goal to give the Bulldogs a hard-fought and much deserved 8-6 victory.

AS the girls celebrated and congratulated the Bobcats on a great challenge former EMU Coach Hurn was very ecstatic. “These girls played great, I’m so proud of them,” she stated. “In my time here we have never beaten Grand Blanc. They’re a very good team and a great program. Our goalkeeper (Wellman) played her best game of the season and she just got better and stronger as the game went on. I’m so happy for the girls, they needed this and they deserved it.”

After the big victory Seniors Adkins, McDonnel, and Kiersten Stehlik were all honored with a gift of flowers  for them and their parents. There was no JV game because Grand Blanc declined to play it. Next up for the Lady Bulldogs is the District playoffs.

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