To say East’s Gabi Bird got hot Feb. 10 against Stevenson would be a major understatement.
The senior scored 27 of East’s 39 points in a 39-31 win.
Bird accounted for all 12 of the Cougars’ points in the first, all on 3-pointers. East led 12-9.
She didn’t cool off much in the second quarter with nine more points as East led 26-22.
The scoring cooled off big time in the second half for both teams with just 22 points total between the teams.
East managed to build on the lead and pushed ahead 38-26 early in the fourth. The Spartans managed only five points in the final quarter as the Cougars claimed the home win.
Head coach Rob Leadley was thrilled with Bird’s performance, but he knows the team will need more than just her scoring in the postseason.
“Gabi Bird had a great game against Stevenson, but we didn’t have many other contributors on offense,” he said. “We need some of the other players to step up and provide us some other scoring options.
“We played great defense in the second half and really stopped Stevenson’s offense.”
Bird finished just shy of a triple-double with 27 points, seven rebounds and nine steals. Peyton Jones contributed seven points and eight rebounds. Abby Jones had eight rebounds and three points.
Arryn Dochenetz led Stevenson with 14 points.
Northville 44, East 21
Little went right Friday for East, while it seemed like Northville couldn’t miss.
The scored was tied at 6-6 midway through the first, but East got stuck there while Northville ripped off the next 16 points and rolled out to a 28-10 halftime lead.
The deficit grew to 37-15 entering the fourth quarter.
“Northville seemed to have a lot of energy on their senior night and they were able to score on high-percentage shots, while we struggled to find the basket,” Leadley said. “Their great shooting and our poor shooting led to our most lopsided loss of the season.
“We had hoped to make a run at the division championship this year, but tying Northville for second place is the best we have finished in division play, so the players should be proud of that accomplishment. Now let’s hope we can make some noise in the KLAA tournament.”
Bird led with nine points, followed by Jones and Jessi LaVoie with four points each.
Mariah Modkins led Northville with 14 points.
The loss leaves the teams tied for second place in the KLAA Central Division at 6-4. Salem took the title at 9-1.