had all the right ingredients going for them in Monday’s KLAA consolation round girls basketball encounter against visiting Canton.
The Mustangs received balance scoring, while shooting 51 percent from the floor en route to a convincing 51-26 victory over last year’s Class A finalists.
“We finally put together a complete game,” saidcoach Todd , whose team improved to 12-7 overall. “That’s been the story of our season. We play good defense two and three quarters, but haven’t been able to a full four-quarter game defensively. And that made the difference tonight and it also helped we kept the scoreboard moving. We finished at the rim, we made some shots and I think that built up or confidence, and gave us that extra push on defense.”
led 22-14 at halftime and broke the game open with an 18-6 third-quarter run.
Brook Adams and Emilyeach scored 10 points, while Lindsey and Jessica chipped in with nine and eight, respectively, as the Mustangs made 18-of-35 field goal attempts and 13-of-16 free throws.
Speedy freshman point-guard, who finished with seven points, helped jump-start offense during the opening half.
“I told her after the game that I felt that was her best game in terms of just controlling the offense, doing just enough to help us and not going too fast and out of control,”said. “She really kept the tempo of the game and kept the pace of play for us.”
Canton (10-9) shot only 6-of-39 from the floor (15.3 percent) and committed 16 turnovers.
tallied a team-high 10, while Erin and Finn added six apiece for the Chiefs, who managed to make 14-of-15 foul shots.
NOVI 62, JOHN GLENN 44: Senior Kelsey Miller poured in a game-high 20 points, while junior Allienotched a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead (11-7) to a KLAA consolation round victory Feb. 19 at John Glenn (7-11).
Freshman guard Elliealso added 12 points for the Wildcats, who led 30-16 at halftime and 44-26 after three quarters. shot 18-of-38 from the field (47.3 percent) and 23-of-36 from the foul line (63.8 percent).
Loving and Sierra Moseley scored 10 and nine points, respectively, for John Glenn (7-11). Nadia Reed added six steals. The Rockets shot only 27.8 percent from the field (17-of-61) and 42.8 percent from the foul line (9-of-21).
INTER-CITY 51, FRANKLIN ROAD 39: On Friday,Goering scored 13 points and chipped in with 10 to carry host Allen Park Inter-City Baptist (6-12, 6-7) to a Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division victory over Franklin Road Christian (6-12, 4-9).
Hannah Rayburn led the Warriors with 13 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Katieadded 11 points.
Inter-City led 27-16 at halftime before the Warriorsa 17-6 third-quarter run to tie the game at 33-all. The Chargers then outscored Franklin Road 18-6 in the decisive fourth period.
After the game, the Franklin Road coaching staff confirmed that the team’s leading scorer andAlexis Johnson, an eighth-grader, had been dismissed from the team.
CHURCHILL 44, NORTHVILLE 38: After leading by six points at the half, the Mustangs (11-6)couldn’t stand prosperity in its KLAAConference playoff opener Feb. 17 at home against Livonia Churchill (12-5).
The Mustangs held a 16-10 advantage before the upstart Chargers roared back in the second half for a 44-38 victory.
, a 5-foot-3 junior guard, loomed large in the Churchill victory scoring a game-high 17 points, while 5-7 senior guard Natalie added 14.
The Chargers outscored34-22 over the final 16 minutes to advance in the tournament.
“We were flat on defense, especially in the second half,”coach Todd said. “Churchill knocked down shots. They exploded the second half. We did not get out on their best players and they made us pay.”
Senior forward Emilyscored 14 points for the Mustangs, who were coming off an impressive 44-21 win Friday over South Lyon East.
“Our defensive intensity was the exact opposite,” said, whose team was 7-of-11 from the foul line. “Every time we got a lead, Churchill came right back.”
ROEPER 49, FRANKLIN ROAD 43: On Feb. 17, Sophiatallied a team-high 17 points as host Birmingham (15-3, 9-3) downed Franklin Road Christian (9-8, 5-6) in a Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division game.
The, who led 25-23 at halftime and 36-28 after three quarters, won despite making only 9-of-25 free throws (36 percent).
Eight-grader Alexis Johnson scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in a losing cause. Junior Hannah Rayburn added 11 points as the Warriors shot 4-of-5 from the foul stripe.