North Farmington concluded a highly successful non-league portion of its schedule Tuesday with a 42-28 victory over host West Bloomfield in girls basketball.
The Raiders will take an impressive 9-1 record into the start of OAA Red Division competition Friday night at Rochester Stoney Creek.
“I think we’re ready for it,” North coach Jeff Simpson said. “There are a lot of good teams in the Red Division. When they list the top teams in Oakland County, all six are listed in the top 12.
“The Red Division is a battle. You know every game is going to be tough. It’s going to be a grind. You just have to bring your best effort every night.”
The Raiders had another good defensive performance Tuesday, holding the Lakers to eight points in the first half and 15 through three quarters. North led by 10 at halftime and 11 after three periods.
“Our defense was solid,” Simpson said, adding it could have been a little better in the second half. “We were very patient on offense.
“(The Lakers) sat in a zone, and we took the right shots. All of them were good shots. We didn’t rush things, so that was good to see.”
Senior Megan Carter was the leading scorer with 18 points, which included three treys. Alexis Stephens-Watts made it two in doubles with 10 points, and Kierra Crocket and Faith Gammouh added five each.
Carter also recorded six assists. Crockett made five steals and Gammouh four to lead the defense. Stephens-Watts and Gammouh grabbed five rebounds apiece.
Rachel Harnish and Charlika Stubbs scored eight points each to lead West Bloomfield (5-3), which plays in the OAA White Division.
“Now we start part two of our season and get league play going Friday,” Simpson said. “Every night is going to be a battle in that division.
“As long as we keep playing the way we’re playing, we’ll give ourselves a chance to win, and that’s all I can ask.”
Hawks win on road
Harrison also tuned up for the start of OAA Red Division competition Tuesday when it went to Auburn Hills and earned a 48-38 win over host Avondale.
The defending champion Hawks, who are 8-1 overall, had a slim lead of 19-17 at halftime, but they outscored the Yellow Jackets in the second half, 29-21.
“I was very pleased to get a good, quality road win as we head into league play,” coach Tim Micklash said. “The girls competed really hard in the second half, and I’m proud of how they played.
“They dug in deep and did a lot of good things, offensively and defensively. Hopefully, we can take into league play and continue that.”
The Hawks had well-rounded performances by juniors Kristen Nelson and Amber Stephens and senior Katie Conrad.
Stephens led the team in scoring with 17 points; Nelson had 11 and Conrad 10. Harrison was 17-of-27 at the foul line, Avondale 4-of-10.
Stephens and Conrad also had eight rebounds and five steals apiece. Nelson had five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
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.