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Lady Airedales roll past Future School, 64-34

By Kevin Taylor
Alma Schools 
 
Future Schools girls basketball coach Eric West found himself on the wrong end of the score of a basketball game Monday at Charles B. Dyer Arena. 
 
By the time the first quarter was over, Alma had amassed a 28-point lead over the Lady Rockets.. 
 
Paced by sophomore Presli Taylor's career-high 16 points, Alma rolled to a 64-34 win over the Lady Rockets. Coach Codey Mann's squad has a two-game winning streak. 
 
"It was a great game to head into the Thanksgiving break," Mann said. "I got to play a lot of girls, and a lot of kids got an opportunity to score. I have a lot of respect for coach West. They're not afraid to play anybody, no matter who it is, knowing those girls are going to get better and better. 
 
"I really respect him a whole lot."
 
Senior Loryn Kelley and junior Chloe Trusty combined for 31 points, with Kelley topping 16. She's averaging 18 points through three games. 
 
"I'm really proud of that group," Mann said. "They've had three really good games. I was really proud of how we started off. All three games, the first quarter we've done a really, really good job of getting out to a fast start. 
 
"I thought tonight (Monday) we shot the ball better than we have the prior two games. We're a little more relaxed and probably have our legs under us a little bit more"
 
Junior McKenzie Rushing, who has started the last two games in place of Mann's daughter, Lydia, who is out with an injury, popped a couple of early 3-pointers. 
 
"I've been really happy with those two, especially Kenzie," Mann said. "I think Kenzie's been really, really consistent the first three games. Tonight she shot it well and has played a little bit better than she has. She's playing really hard and doing everything we've asked of her."