Led by mainstays Julie St. John and Sam Golchuk, the Huron Valley Lutheran girls basketball team out-shot River Rouge, 59-45, in a non-conference game played Thursday night.
The victory improved the Hawks’ record to 10-5.
St. John, the winners’ top inside scoring threat, pumped in 17 points while Golchuk, the team’s perimeter star, added 14.
Brianna Woodford scored 12 points for River Rouge, which was also bolstered by Jamie Smith’s 10-point performance.
The Hawks bolted to a 20-4 first-quarter advantage and 32-18 halftime lead.
“I was pleased with our team effort tonight on offense,” noted HVL head coach Kris Ruth. “We moved the ball well, and found the good shot on the floor. We played defense well in the first half. We anticipated passing lanes well and had 20 steals. In the second half we stopped moving our feet.”
Visiting Novi visited the free-throw line a whopping 35 times (making 19) during its 39-38 victory over Livonia Stevenson Friday night.
“It was a lot like our last game against them that went to overtime,” said Stevenson head coach Tim Newman. “Both teams worked very hard. We didn’t do a good job against their dribble penetration, but it’s hard to beat a team that goes to the free throw line 35 times.”
Arryn Dochenetz led Stevenson with 16 points. Alex Felice paced the Wildcats with 12.
Stevenson made six of 11 free-throw attempts.
RU rocks Trojans
Shae Smith scored 17 points to lead Redford Union to a 50-14 victory over Clarenceville on Friday night.
Everyone on the roster played a role Tuesday night in Garden City’s 44-38 victory over Dearborn Edsel Ford.
The win improved the Cougars’ record to 4-11 overall and 2-7 in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference’s Blue Division. The Thunderbirds slipped to 7-8 overall and 2-7, respectively.
Lindsey Michalak led the Cougars with 10 points and nine rebounds. Also shining for the victors were Hannah Vera-Burgos (seven points and six rebounds), Amber Swisher (seven points), Kelli McDaniel (six points and seven rebounds), Rachel Spellman (five points and six assists) and Cassie Leleniewski, who scored four points including a lay-up just before the halftime buzzer.
Also scoring for GC were Mikey Smolar (three points) and Aleea Montgomery, who tallied two points and eight rebounds.
Kennedy Rankin led Edsel with 18 points.
“This was a team victory,” said GC head coach Michele Tyree. “Everyone contributed. We did a better job of playing at a controlled pace.”
The Cougars led throughout, gaining an 11-8 first-quarter edge before carrying a 22-19 lead into the half. GC held on to a 30-26 lead with eight minutes to play.
GC canned 11 of 16 free-throw attempts and 14 of 42 field-goal attempts. Edsel was 2-for-8 from the line.
On Friday, the Cougars dropped a 60-47 decision at Dearborn Heights Robichaud, which won the WWAC Blue Division with a 10-0 record.
Although GC dropped to 4-12 overall and 2-8 in the Blue, Tyree was pleased with her team’s effort.
“The kids played tonight the way the coaching staff believed they were capable of playing all season,” said Tyree. “One of the people at the scorer’s table told us that it was one of the best efforts a team has put forth against Robichaud all season.
“We lost a couple of our leaders – Ashlynn Caviness and Abby Joseph – early in the season, so we had to seek a new identity to how we could play. I was very proud of the effort the girls gave tonight.”
The Cougars lost 74-30 to Robichaud in the two teams’ first encounter last month.
All seven Cougars who suited up scored. Michalak led the way with 18 points and 21 rebounds, while Vera-Burgos contributed nine points, 11 boards and three assists.
Other standouts for Garden City were Smolar (six points), Swisher (five points, four rebounds) and McDaniel (11 rebounds)