It was all about playing good defense Tuesday as host North Farmington shut down White Lake Lakeland, 41-13, in the girls basketball opener for both teams.
The Raiders held the visiting Eagles scoreless in the first quarter while scoring 13 points. North led 21-6 at halftime and 36-9 after three periods.
“Our defense was really good,” North coach Jeff Simpson said. “We came out flying, trying to put a little more pressure on the ball than we did last year. The kids executed defensively and got some easy buckets in the first quarter. Defense was definitely the key, and we did a great job with that tonight.”
Senior Alexis Stephens-Watts led the Raiders with 11 points, while junior Kierra Crockett scored nine.
Three players scored three points apiece for the Eagles, who were 2-of-12 at the foul line.
Ten of 11 players scored for the Raiders, who were 15-of-27.
Seniors Alexa and Sam Cherney led the charge to the glass with seven rebounds apiece for the Raiders.
LAHSER 36, MILFORD 25: Victorie Franklin scored 10 points as Bloomfield Hills Lasher (1-0) overcame a one-point halftime deficit with an 8-0 third quarter run to down visiting Highland Milford (0-1) in the season opener for both teams.
Junior guard Mallory Barrett scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first half to stake the Mavericks to a 20-19 advantage.
But the Mavericks were outscored 18-5 by the Knights in the second half.
Barrett also had four of Milford’s nine steals to go along with seven rebounds. Brynne Gustafson had a team-high eight rebounds and added three steals.
“We had some great moments, and some moments where we showed our inexperience,” Milford coach David Browne said. “Our goal is to keep making steps and progressing.”
PIONEER 53, SOUTH LYON 28: On Tuesday, Asaria Turman scored 16 points and Lakeia Harris added 13 to propel host Ann Arbor Pioneer (1-0) to a season-opening victory over the Lions (0-1).
Pioneer led 32-14 at halftime and 43-19 after three quarters.
Arianna Camanse led South Lyon with six points.
“We turned the ball over too much to amount to any real threat offensively,” South Lyon coach John Mackson said. “We gave them too many opportunities. We had a hard time on the glass. They had us out-sized by a pretty good margin, so we gave up a lot of second shots. That combination of second shots for them and turnovers for us wasn’t a good one.
Pioneer went 13-of-25 (52 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions shot 9-of-21 (42.8 percent).
“We got a lot of young kids,” Mackson said. “We only have one senior and the rest are freshmen, sophomores and juniors. It was a lot of nerves out there tonight. A lot of people playing in their first varsity action and it showed.”