Redford Union’s girls basketball team put on a ball-distribution clinic during Tuesday night’s 66-25 victory over visiting Redford Thurston.
Guards Shae Smith and Cashmiere Jones picked up 17 and 16 assists, respectively, to make life easier for leading scorer Renee Reed, who pumped in 28 points.
The Panthers’ second straight victory improved them to 2-7 overall and 2-1 in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference’s Red Division. Thurston, which was riding a two-game winning streak into the contest, dropped to 2-5.
“I liked the way we shared the ball and cut down on our turnovers,” said Jones, who added nine points and seven rebounds. “We were smart with the ball and we shared it.”
RU head coach Scott Purdy said Jones may never lead the Panthers in scoring, but she’s without a doubt his team’s catalyst.
“When she gets the ball in the middle of the court, I don’t think there’s anyone in our league who can guard her,” said Purdy. “She makes good decisions and gets the ball to the right teammate.
“I don’t have one true point guard with the offense we run. I trust both Shae and Cash and a couple other girls to play the ‘one’, depending on the situation.”
Smith was a defensive wizard for the Panthers, netting six steals.
The Panthers led 14-8 after one quarter before turning on the jets in the second stanza when they raced to a 34-15 halftime lead. The hosts outscored the Eagles 15-6 in the third period.
“I thought we came out a little flat early on,” said Thurston head coach Bob Ostrowski. “We were tied at 8-8 at one point in the first quarter, but I could tell by the shots were taking that we weren’t running our offense like we can. I tip my hat to RU; they out-hustled us and out-played us.
Ivory Mamo led the Eagles with eight points. Megan Abela and Sydney Taylor both contributed six.
Sophomore guard Angelica Wellons and junior forward Kiyonna Hardin both provided energy off the bench for RU. Wellons netted 10 points and four steals while Hardin yanked down seven rebounds.
“Our girls work hard; I’m proud of them,” concluded Purdy.
On Friday, RU upended Dearborn Heights Annapolis while Thurston defeated Clarenceville, 32-26. The Panthers’ win was sealed by Jones, who sank all six of her fourth-quarter free throws.
Mamo fueled the Eagles’ triumph with a team-high nine points.