Tuesday night was as good as it gets for Plymouth-Canton Educational Park’s three varsity girls basketball teams.
All three garnered impressive home victories as division play begins to heat up.
•Plymouth cruised to a 72-38 victory over Livonia Franklin, sparked by Courtney LaVallee’s career-high 22 points — including 13 in the third quarter.
“Tonight really was the coming out party for Courtney LaVallee,” Plymouth head coach Nick Brandon said. “She’s a player who means so much to our team. She’s a player who has dedicated herself to her game as much as any other player I’ve ever known.”
The Wildcats (6-2, 2-0 in the KLAA South Division) broke out to a 25-10 lead after one quarter and took a 44-21 halftime edge.
Contributing 12 and 11 points, respectively, were Kendall Rose and Leah Kliczinski.
Hannah Badger tallied a career-best eight points, providing a spark off the bench. Patti Begoske scored six points and pulled down seven rebounds.
LaVallee and Rose combined for five treys, as Plymouth got much-needed offense from beyond the three-point arc.
Franklin dropped to 2-6 and 1-1 in the division.
•Meanwhile, Canton easily got past Wayne Memorial, 84-9, behind a 22-point effort from Madison Archibald.
Bre Donehue (18 points), Brianna Finn (16 points) and Erin Hult (12 points) also helped the Chiefs click on offense to improve to 2-0 in the KLAA South.
“The girls played really well,” Chiefs head coach Kevin Palmer said. “I was really happy with the way we played offensively and defensively. We shot the ball really well tonight.”
Canton will visit Plymouth 6 p.m. Friday.
•And Salem defeated South Lyon East, 41-29. Leading the Rocks with 14 points was Jamyra Wilson.
Also strong for Salem in the KLAA Central Division tilt were Lasha Petree (nine points, five rebounds), Shara Long (seven points, nine rebounds) and Maranda Armstead (six points, six boards).
Salem and East played to a 16-16 halftime tie, but the Rocks “came out with intensity and fire” in the third, head coach Lindsay Klemmer said.
That led to a game-changing 8-0 run.
LIGGETT 63, PCA 32: Plymouth Christian Academy committed 23 first-half turnovers Friday and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett made the Eagles pay in this Friday night contest.
Liggett broke out to a 35-10 halftime lead and never looked back.
Lydia Chappel scored 12 points for PCA, while Danielle Witkowski tallied eight rebounds to lead the squad.