Frankenmuth’s 1-2 Punch of Boyke, Persails Lead Eagles To District Title
When Frankenmuth’s Lexi Boyke stepped on the basketball court for the first Eagles coach Tom Keller knew she was special. Even with a few bumps in the road through out a long season, Boyke remained confident in her game. Remember she’s only a freshman.
Friday night in the district finals Bridgeport got a huge dose of Boyke and sophomore Zoey Persails as Frankenmuth cruised to a 66-29 victory. The game was one to remember for the Frankenmuth duo who combined to score 52 points in the win with Boyke leading the way with 29 points and 11 rebounds and Persails contributing 23.
Keller said after the game his underclassman have arrived. “When you have a player of Lexi’s caliber who is more than capable of doing so many things with the basketball it makes things so hard to defend,” Keller said. “Tonight we had everything working. She was using both hands effectively not to mention she stepped back and even hit a pair of 3-pointers. When she has all of that going for her she is tough to defend.”
Boyke said the Eagles knew that Bridgeport was going to try and make the tempo in the game kind of hectic so it was of matter of executing their game plan and keeping their poise. “In our first two games against Bridgeport my game was off and they kind of held me in check, but tonight my shot really started to fall,” she said. “I just wanted to come out this evening and set the tone.”
Keller was equally impressed with Persails in the victory. “Zoey had a little bit of adjusting when she came over from Reese to start the season,” Keller said. “Over the past month or Zoey has become really aggressive with the basketball and hitting her shot. You definitely need that type of play in the tournament.”
Right from the opening tip Frankenmuth was relentless matching Bridgeport’s intensity on both ends of the court racing out to a 41-17 lead at the half. Things were no different in the second half of the game as Frankenmuth stretched the lead to 40 points entering the fourth quarter. Frankenmuth seniors Kelynn Kujat and Sydney Merrihew also had big games for the Eagles. Kujat finished the night with six assists and nine rebounds, Merrihew chipped in four points and sophomore Emma Kerkau added four points and six rebounds.
The Eagles now advance to Regional play in Owosso when they play Portland at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Freeland will face Chesaning at 5:30 p.m.
Photos From The Game Courtesty of Chip DeGrace