A fast start and timely three point shooting lifted the Chelsea basketball team past Parma Western 60-54 at the Washtenaw County Showcase at Ypsilanti High School Saturday.
The Showcase featured four area basketball teams in a packed with Huron, Chelsea, Ypsilanti Lincoln, and Pioneer all hosting teams from other areas. Ypsilanti was scheduled to play Saturday night, but the Grizzlies game was
Chelsea started out quick against Western juming out to a 13-0 lead before the Panthers got onto the board.
Chelsea hit seven triples on the night, including three by Starkey in the first quarter.
Western made a game of it in the second by outscoring the Bulldogs 12-6 to cut the lead to 27-21 at the break.
Adam Hauser nailed a triple to start the second half and the Bulldogs would build a 14 point lead, but the Panthers ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to trim the lead to 45-36 after three.
The Bulldogs began to pull away in the fourth, rebuildings its lead to 16, 52-36 with 5:30 left in the fourth.
Western pulled three starters, but the bench began to chip away at the Bulldogs lead and Chelsea let them hang around and make things interesting by missing the front end of a one-and-one three times.
Owen Brown ended the free throw drought by sinking four straight in the final minute to give the Bulldogs a 58-48 lead. Western sank a triple at the buzzer to make the final 60-54.
Hunter Lay was named the games MVP by finishing with 18 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Starkey finished with 14 points, including four triples, while Adam Hauser hit three triples and finished with 12 points.
Hunter Neff chipped in with 10 points, all in the second half, and Brown finished with five.
The Bulldogs return to action January 8 when they travel to Adrian.
Pictures by Mike Williamson