The Livonia Stevenson girls basketball team’s season-opening game against visiting Farmington Hills Harrison Tuesday night at times resembled an ill-fated dance step.
“It seemed like every time we’d take one step forward, we’d take two steps back,” said Stevenson head coach Tim Newman, who watched his young and inexperienced crew drop a 47-28 decision to the speedy and precise Hawks. “Our inexperience really showed tonight. We didn’t handle their pressure well.
“I knew coming in that it was going to be a tough opener because they’re so quick. We were close to doing some good things a number of times but then we’d have a break down. We’ll keep working and get better.”
Kristen Nelson led Harrison with 20 points while Amber Stephens chipped in with 14 despite missing 10 free throws.
“Nelson is a load to try and stop,” said Newman. “We knew without even scouting them that Nelson and Stephens were the two we’d need to contain, but they had an answer for everything we tried. When we went to a zone, they shot us out of it.”
The lone offensive bright spot for Stevenson was senior guard Arryn Dochenetz, who tallied a team-high 11 points.
The Spartans were consistent as they scored seven points in each of the four quarters. However, Harrison countered with stanzas of 15, 14, 7 and 11 to pull away.
Both teams struggled mightily from the free-throw line. The Spartans canned just 6 of 14 freebies while the Hawks found net on just 16 of 31 attempts.
“It’s good, in a way, to open against a very good team because you find out in a hurry what you need to work on,” Newman said. “The good news is we have a week to work on things before our next game.”
The Spartans will host Livonia Franklin on Dec. 9 in the first game of a girls/boys basketball double-header. The girls game is scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m.