Livonia Stevenson opened its KLAA Central Division slate in style Friday by putting the defensive clamps on South Lyon, 32-22.
The victory improved the Spartans’ record to 3-4 overall. The Lions slipped to 1-6.
Sophomore guard Grace Lamerson paced the Spartans’ offense with 11 points. Samantha Swain led the Lions with nine points.
“The difference in the game for us was the first quarter when we built a 14-1 lead,” said Stevenson head coach Tim Newman. “It was really an even game after that. Both teams played hard.”
On Tuesday night, the Spartans dropped a 39-29 decision to visiting Northville.
Arryn Dochenetz led the Spartans with 14 points while Lamerson added seven.
Roan Haines paced the Mustangs with nine points. Mariah Modkins added eight.
Northville never trailed after outscoring the Spartans 14-6 in the first quarter. Stevenson netted nearly half of its points in the fourth stanza when it outscored the Mustangs 13-8.
“Arryn played well, but we need to get some production from other players,” said Newman. “We fell behind early tonight and could never quite get over the hump after that.”
Mercy trims Blazers
Farmington Hills Mercy got back on the winning side of the score Tuesday with a 60-25 romp past visiting Livonia Ladywood in girls basketball.
The Marlins, who had their first loss Friday to Dearborn Divine Child after starting the season with six straight wins, rolled out to a 23-5 lead after one quarter.
Mercy held the Blazers to single-digit scoring in every quarter. The Marlins extended their lead to 35-11 at halftime and 51-20 through three periods.
“I thought we came out focused and ready to play,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said. “Consequently, we got off to a good start.
“The really nice thing about tonight’s game was we were able to give some extended minutes to kids who haven’t had many minutes so far this season.”
All 11 players scored for the Marlins, who are 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the Catholic League Central Division
Taylor Jones led the way with 15 points. Jordyn Schluter scored eight and four others – Zora Pullen, Sierra Wangler, Kailey Savona and Katie Bryce – added six points apiece. Jones also dished out eight assists. Claire Murray and Jackie Bauer had seven and six rebounds, respectively.
Morgan Larkin tallied seven points and Amber Riethmiller six for the Blazers (2-8, 0-2).
Pioneers top Trojans
The Dearborn girls basketball team defeated Clarenceville in a Western Wayne Athletic Conference game Tuesday, 64-24.
The Pioneers were led offensively by Isabelle Clark with 17 points. Lulu Mustafo scored 12 points and Brittney Malewsue nine.
A’sha Whittaker of Clarenceville led her team with 12 points. The Trojans are away Friday at Dearborn Heights Annapolis.
Edsel topples GC
Dearborn Edsel Ford raced to a 22-6 first-quarter lead before hanging on for a 53-36 victory over visiting Garden City in a Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue Division contest.
The win improved the Thunderbirds to 6-2 overall and 1-2 in the division. GC slipped to 1-7 and 0-3, respectively.
The Cougars clawed back to within 26-18 at the half, but the Thunderbirds repelled the comeback by outscoring their visitors 16-9 in the third quarter and 11-9 down the stretch.
“They pressed us most of the night and we didn’t handle it very well,” said GC head coach Michele Tyree. “We made a lot of mental mistakes against their pressure. We made a nice run and cut it down to eight, but that was about as close as we could get.”
The Cougars were led by Hannah Vera-Burgos’s 11 points. Amber Swisher contributed nine points while Lindsey Michalak added seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Kennedy Rankin led Edsel Ford with 14 points. Rebekka Phelps added 13.
The Cougars, who were plagued by 45 turnovers, connected on just 12 of 52 field-goal attempts.
GC returns to action Friday against Romulus.
‘Cats maul Patriots
Plymouth jumped out to a 25-10 first-quarter lead before rolling to a 72-38 victory over visiting Livonia Franklin in a KLAA South Division showdown.
The loss dropped Franklin to 2-6 overall and 1-1 in the division. Plymouth improved to 6-2 and 2-0, respectively.
The Wildcats increased their bulge to 44-21 at the half and 63-30 with eight minutes to play.
Sarah Cramton led the Patriots with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Katelyn Kovach scored a career-high 10 points while Becky Giacobbi added nine points.
Courtney Lavalee fueled the Wildcats’ offense with 22 points.
Franklin, which hosts Churchill on Friday, drained 7 of 15 free throws.
Warriors trump Hawks
Rachel Reddeman led a balanced Lutheran Westland attack with 13 points as the Warriors upended visiting Huron Valley Lutheran, 40-33, Tuesday night in a Michigan Independent Athletic Conference rivalry showdown.
Taylor Jones and Bethany Hoehne both chipped in with seven points for the Warriors.
Reddeman cleaned the glass for 20 rebounds.
“We came out slow and sluggish in the first half,” observed HVL head coach Kris Ruth. “We were not rotating well on defense. Offensively, we didn’t shoot the ball well (11-for-46; 23 percent), and because of that we need to be more aggressive getting to the offensive boards.”
The Hawks were paced by sophomore Sam Golchuk, who netted 19 points.
The winners swished eight of 11 free throws – all in the pivotal fourth quarter. HVL connected on 5 of 8 freebies.
“Give credit to Lutheran Westland,” Ruth said. “They were very patient on offense and they hit some key free throws in the end.”
Hassan propels Rockets
Sophomore point guard Arianna Hassan scored a team-high 14 points to lead Westland John Glenn to a 49-37 victory over visiting Livonia Churchill Tuesday night.
The win improved the Rockets’ record to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the KLAA South Division. Churchill slipped to 5-3 and 0-2, respectively.
The Chargers had their way early, outscoring the smaller Rockets 14-4 over the opening eight minutes, but John Glenn scrapped back to with 18-17 at the half before a 20-point third quarter gave it a 37-29 lead that the hosts would never relinquish.
“I think the girls were taken aback a little bit by Churchill’s size early in the game,” said John Glenn head coach Derrick Jordan. “Churchill was hot shooting in the first quarter; they hit three threes and they had us on our heels.
“But we started pressuring the ball more in the second quarter and we knocked down some big shots in the third to keep the momentum going.”
Hassan hit two triples in the third quarter while Nadia Reed swished one trey. Reed finished with 13 points while Sierra Moseley contributed nine.
Natalie Spala led the Chargers with 18. Alivia Kondrath added 10.
John Glenn made 17 of 25 free throws. Churchill was 8 of 17 from the line.