All season long, the Canton varsity girls basketball team has played strong defense.
And now, the offense is coming around, as shown in Friday’s 44-31 victory over host Westland John Glenn. The Chiefs opened KLAA South Division play with the contest.
“I really like the way we’re playing defensively and the offense is starting to come around,” said Canton first-year head coach Kevin Palmer. “We had a lot of people contribute and score. We had five girls score, and different girls are stepping up for us in each game.”
Leading the Chiefs as she has all season was sophomore Erin Hult, who tallied 13 points.
“She is just shooting the lights out,” Palmer said. “Today was a good day for her on the boards, too.”
Also helping Canton improve to 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the KLAA South was sophomore Brianna Finn (13 points) and senior Alana Brown (eight points).
Salem girls rally
The visiting Salem Rocks bounced back from a 21-14 halftime deficit and rolled to a 42-37 girls basketball win Friday night over Northville.
Salem (3-4 overall, 1-0) outscored the host Mustangs 16-6 in the third quarter of the KLAA Central Division matchup, picking up the defensive intensity.
In the fourth, the Rocks opened up with a 6-0 run and “we couldn’t look back after that,” said Salem head coach Lindsay Klemmer.
Shara Long led Salem with 16 points and nine rebounds, with Jamyra Wilson and Hayley Rogers chipping in with nine and eight points, respectively.
PLYMOUTH (GIRLS) 37, CHURCHILL 23: The host Wildcats opened up division play with this impressive victory Friday night.
Leah Kliczinski and Kendall Rose each scored 10 points to pace Plymouth (5-2, 1-0 in the KLAA South). Adding seven was Patti Begoske. Nadia Lengel and Courtney LaVallee each tallied four.