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Posted on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:45 p.m.

Skyline gets first girls basketball win in school history, Huron takes state champs to OT and more Friday results

By Staff

Both the Skyline and Whitmore Lake high school girls basketball teams were winless last season. The teams met on Friday night, when one of them had to win.

For the result of that game and more check out the Friday night roundup...


The Skyline High School girls basketball team didn’t win a single game in its first year as a varsity squad. In search of that first win, first-year coach Keith Wade turned to Twitter for motivation.

“We have a slogan, you know how everyone likes to use hash tags? Well we started saying ‘#makehistory,’” Wade said. With a 57-32 victory at Whitmore Lake (0-2) Friday night, the girls rally have something to tweet about: their first varsity win.

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"We’re glad to get that first one out of the way early,” Wade said.

Sophomore Anita Vander Meulen scored 18 points for the Eagles on 9-of-24 shooting and was the game’s leading scorer. Janae Sims chipped in with 12 points, but it was the Eagles' defense that caused headaches all night for the Trojans, who committed 35 turnovers.

"We weren't patient with the ball, we just really forced the ball a lot,” said Whitmore Lake coach Jennifer Taylor. “We had an overall lack of focus.”

Melissa Dreffs led the Trojans with eight points. The Trojans -- who were winless last year, as well -- are without their leader and starting point guard Miranda Owens, who was out with mononucleosis. Taylor’s hopeful for her return soon.

"She'll provide a lot of leadership," Taylor said. "She calms them down and keeps them focused. Bringing that calmness will bring a lot to this team."

After the game, the Eagles (1-0) celebrated the victory, but immediately got back to business.

"One good thing about our girls is that they're not the type to get satisfied. As soon as we celebrated in the locker room, they started pointed towards Monday,” Wade said. "We still have to win a game at home. I told them that they won a game in front of the JV and their parents, now they need to win one in front of their peers."


Huron couldn't hang on to a 34-22 halftime lead playing the defending Class A state champions on the road.

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Inkster outscored the River Rats 14-4 in the overtime. Jamie Madden, a Division I prospect, led the Vikings with 26 points.

"We had some opportunities, certainly, to win the game," Huron coach Steve Vinson said, lamenting missed free throws and layups in the fourth quarter. "The difference in the game is that they made experienced plays down the stretch and we didn't."

"I couldn't be happier except for the final result," Vinson said. "Overall, I think it's a great experience for us."

Devin Talley scored 19 for Huron and Alexis Garner had eight points and 10 rebounds.


Chelsea’s Grace Martin led all scorers with 12 points while Mackenzie Cole and Grace Sauers each had 11. Jenny Fichera led Pioneer with 10 points. (Story | Photo Gallery)


Lincoln used its press to jump to a 13-4 first quarter lead Friday night and cruised from there.

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"We did a lot of things I know these girls can do that we didn't do Tuesday (a 45-41 comeback win over South Lyon)," Lincoln coach Mike Hotchkiss said.

Lincoln spread the wealth on the offensive end.

Katelyn Morris had 15 points; Jaslyn Rollins had nine points, seven rebounds and six blocks and Dominique Foley had nine points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Lexys Williams had eight points and Arielle Cargor scored seven.

"It really was a team effort," Hotchkiss said.


Manchester led 22-1 after a first quarter that featured so many fouls the Dutch were in the double-bonus by the end.

"The first quarter seemed like we played three quarters," Manchester coach Cori Kastel said.

East Jackson, which starts three freshmen, won its first game by 33 points but was no match for Manchester. Kastel said her team used its athleticism and quickness to force East Jackson's players to do things they weren't comfortable with and make passes they didn't want to make.

Four players scored in double-figures for Manchester, led by Jessie Manders' 15 points. McKenna Erkfritz had 11 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.


Jackie Oestreich and Marissa Thompson combined for 40 of the Gryphons' 49 points in the win. Oestreich led all scorers with 22 points while Thompson had 18.

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"We had a lot of second-chance opportunities and eliminated their second-chance opportunities in the second half," Greenhills coach Lisa Mack said.

After trailing 27-24 at halftime, Greenhills (1-1) outscored Oakland Christian 25-16 in the second half. Oestreich had nine rebounds and seven steals and Thompson had seven rebounds.



Dexter's season got off to a good start with a convincing win over Plymouth Christian on Thursday.

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Emma Kill paced the Dreadnaughts with 14 points and Olivia Cares added 12 to carry Dexter to victory.

"I thought it was a good first game for us. Plymouth played really hard and kept competing,” said coach Mike Bavineau. "Our kids responded and when we came out of the half we made some adjustments."

Dexter's had a large height advantage over the Wildcats, an advantage that Bavineau thinks will be a big factor for his team this year.

“When you have some size it better be," he said.

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Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 2:29 p.m.

So as high school girls navigate and click the sports link they have to see an ad about "finest tight ends" promoting a strip club. Come on clean it up and have some respect for these female athletes, their classmates, and parents!