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Lady Firebirds Shoot Down Schoolcraft, 92-52

A short-handed Kirtland Community College womens basketball team got double-digit games from two of its hoopsters, helping the Lady Firebirds top visiting Schoolcraft College, 92-52, on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Jo Hamlin (Grayling) powered Kirtland with a double-double of 27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocked shots, and Olivia Smith (Pickford) chipped in 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocked shots for a part of outstanding games in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association contest.

Erica Buchner (Leroy/Pine River) fell just two rebounds short of tallying Kirtland’s third double-double, finishing the game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Kirtland Firebirds 2013-14 Womens Basketball Team Erica Buchner (12), Natalia Bukur (21), Sarah Lueck (24), Tabitha Kibby (15), Jo Hamlin (23), Olivia Smith (10)

Kirtland Firebirds 2013-14 Womens Basketball Team
Erica Buchner (12), Natalia Bukur (21), Sarah Lueck (24), Tabitha Kibby (15), Jo Hamlin (23), Olivia Smith (10)

Kirtland (5-7 overall, 2-5 conference) dominated the action, building a 43-22 advantage at halftime and then running away from Schoolcraft (7-11 overall, 3-5 conference) by outgunning the visiting squad, 49-30, after intermission.

“With a short roster, our ladies have battled with toughness that I’ve been extremely impressed with,” said Kirtland head coach Mark Vick. “The ladies in this game took the role of the aggressor from the beginning and did not let up.

“Hamlin and Buckner each rebounded extremely tough, which didn’t allow Schoolcraft an opportunity to make any significant runs on us.”

Also contributing for the Lady Firebirds were: Natalia Bukur (Russia) with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal; Tabitha Kibby (Kalkaska) with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot; and Sarah Lueck (Kingsley) with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot.

“We were able to add a 6th player to our rotation due to the rehab progress that Bukur has made,” Vick said. “She made her fourth appearance of the season and, while giving us some scoring – more importantly – she was able to provide us with an additional player to provide our starting rotation with some very beneficial rest.”

For more information on Kirtland athletics, visit online at www.kirtland.edu/firebird-athletics.

– Report courtesy Buckland News Service.