By Craig Beilfuss

SHELBY–The Lexie Bowers shooting show was on display as Kent City routed the Saugatuck Trailblazers in a Division 3 regional semifinal game, 66-32, on Tuesday evening.

Bowers burned the nets for 30 first-half points, including going 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. She ended up with a game-high 32 points in very limited playing time in the second half. Bowers hauled down 11 rebounds, had seven steals and five assists.

“We had a really good first half,” said Bowers. “We knocked down some shots and I knocked down some shots and we made some good passes.”

“She had a really good game tonight and had an impressive first half,” Kent City coach Aleah Holcomb said. “She shot the ball really well for us.”

Kent City playmaker Lexie Bowers had a game-high 32 points on Tuesday in the Eagles’ win over Saugatuck (Photo/Krisha Wainright)

Junior Maddie Geers tossed in 12 points and also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

Kent City determined the outcome early as Saugatuck was simply outmatched right from the start.

Kent City raced out to a 21-6 lead after the first eight minutes. Bowers accounted for 14 of those points.

The Eagles continued to increase their lead during the second stanza as Bowers poured in 16 points. Kent City outscored Saugatuck 26-5 in the quarter to take a commanding 47-11 lead at the break.

Holcomb emptied her bench for most of the second half, which allowed a number of underclassman valuable playing time. Saugatuck outscored Kent City 14-8 in the third period, while the Eagles closed out the game with a 11-7 advantage in the fourth quarter.

“Our goal was to really to take away their post game,” said Holcomb. “We were able to put some pressure on them in the lane and cause some turnovers.”

Kennedy Gustafson led Saugatuck with nine points.
Kent City (21-4) will be looking for another regional championship on Thursday. The Eagles will take on Hart (22-3), which defeated Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian in the first regional semifinal round game.
Back on December 20, Kent City defeated Hart 58-52 on the Eagles’ homecourt.
“It’s really tough to beat somebody twice in one season,” said Holcomb. “They have a really good team and a lot of threats. They crash the boards really hard and so we are going to have to work hard on every possession.”
Photos courtesy of LSJ photographer Krisha Wainright