KENTWOOD, Mich. — Trailing 34-31 late in the third quarter, East Kentwood went on an 11-2 run that stretched into the 4th quarter leading it to a 50-43 win over visiting Byron Center in the first game of districts.
Sophomore Deyonce' Thompson led the Falcons with 15 points, junior Alexis McCully added 12.
"The team in the beginning of the season is so much different then where we are now, "McCully, who scored 10 of her points in the final 8:30 of the game, said. "We have gelled, connected, at first we were best friends and now we are really a family we are sisters and that connection that we saw outside the court really came to the court and that is really what helped it all."
East Kentwood (18-3) led 14-12 after one quarter and 25-21 at the half.
"We wanted to prepare because they really can pressure the ball well," Falcons head coach Eric Large said. "They have phenomenal guard play and they are very scrappy so in practice we wanted to make sure we understood that being strong and tough with the ball."
Avery Zeinstra scored a game-high 18 points to lead Byron Center.
East Kentwood advances to play Thornapple Kellogg (12-9) Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Caledonia.