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Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 9:45 p.m.

Five of seven Washtenaw County girls basketball teams win season openers

By Staff

The high school girls basketball season is underway, and of the seven local team to play season openers Monday and Tuesday, five emerged victorious.

Check out stories and boxscores from all the local games below:


Logan Sims scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the first half to keep Huron in the game as the River Rats struggled early. Huron (1-0) trailed by as many as nine points in the second quarter and went into the break down 25-20.

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Citing first-game jitters, Huron coach Steve Vinson said, "We just didn't have a good flow offensively."

But the River Rats chipped away at the lead, tying the score on a Bianca Williams 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

"We settled down a little bit, started to take care of the ball," Vinson said, also crediting his team's improved transition defense. "It's good to get a road victory, especially against Marian, who's a well-coached team."

Megan Sandiha led Marian with 13 points.


Trailing South Lyon 39-37 with less than one minute to play, Lincoln junior guard Arrielle Cargor hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Ralsplitters a lead they would not relinquish in the 45-41 victory.

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Cargor led the Railsplitters (1-0) with 17 points and came through when her team needed her the most, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter.

"She struggled to get open early, but when we started moving in transition (in the fourth quarter), she got some open looks," said Lincoln coach Mike Hotchkiss.

Lincoln managed to score just 23 points in the first 24 minutes of the game, but put up 22 in the final eight. South Lyon had a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

"Early, we were slow on our feet. In the fourth, they knew if we didn't dial it up we were in trouble," Hotchkiss said.

South Lyon successfully beat Lincoln's press through the first three quarters, but Lincoln finally started creating turnovers in the fourth and was able to score easy buckets in transition.

Dominique Foley had 11 points for Lincoln, while Jaslyn Rollins had six points and 11 rebounds. Gabrielle Williams and Emily Slavik led South Lyone with 11 and 10 points respectively.



Whitmore Lake's Melissa Dreffs (left) scored 14 points but the Trojans' to a comeback efforts fell short.

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Corinna Schneider had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds and added five steals for the Big Reds in a season-opening win, which ended up being more of a contest than expected.

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Milan took a 16-3 lead after the first quarter, but struggled to put Whitmore Lake away.

"When we went on that 16-3 tear, we settled in and thought it would be easy," Milan coach Jeff Scott said. "Whitmore Lake never gave up."

"We're so young," Scott said. "That will come with experience."

Melissa Dreffs scored 14 for Whitmore Lake, which was 13-for-24 at the free throw line, compared to Milan's 5-for-12.

"The referees did a fabulous job," Scott said. "We made a lot of stupid, untimely fouls."


Marissa Thompson had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but Allen Park Inter-City Baptist's superior conditioning wore on the Gryphons as they lost their non-conference season opener 59-44 Tuesday night on the road.

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"We made them look really good," said Greenhills coach Lisa Mack. "They were in a lot better shape than us."

Greenhills (0-1) trailed 29-17 at halftime and Baptist came out strong after the break. After scoring only four points in the first half, Thompson came alive in the second.

"We finally started getting her the ball," Mack said. "But she was the only one rebounding all night."

Jackie Oestreich scored 16 for Greenhills, but left some points on the floor with an 0-for-7 outing from the free-throw line. It wasn't the missed offensive opportunities that frustrated Mack as much as on the other end of the court.

"We can't give up 60 points, we're not built that way, so we need to do more on the defensive end," Mack said.

Niki Taylor led Baptist with 14 points.


After giving up 18 points in the first quarter, Manchester gave up five total in the second and third quarters to seal the win.

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Manchester coach Cori Kastel said Clinton broke the press easily in the first quarter due to a lack of on-court chemistry. A switch to a half-court trap and man-to-man defense shut down Clinton in the middle two quarters.

Taylor Manders scored 28 points for the Dutch on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-5 on 3-pointers.

"She was on fire," Kastel said.

Abi Clark led Clinton with 10 points.



All 11 players on Gabriel Richard's roster played, with nine scoring. Taylor Hinkson led the way with 15 points, with Angela Broggi and Mary Yocum adding 12 apiece.

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"I was really impressed with Taylor's performance," Gabriel Richard coach Matt Carroll said. "Scored 15 points, played with a lot of defensive intensity."

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