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Posted on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 : 11:01 p.m.

Saline wins on 'devastating day' and more Friday night results

By Staff

Amanda Price wanted the Saline High School girls basketball team to play Friday night and the Hornets honored their senior captain’s wishes with a 46-23 win at Tecumseh.

One day after the sudden death of popular Saline teacher and coach Mike Price -- Amanda’s father -- the Hornets momentarily cleared their minds on the basketball court.

“It was an emotional day. It was a devastating day, to be honest,” said Saline coach Jeff Waltz, who was once coached by Price. “The girls just wanted to go out there and represent the Price family and the Saline community.

"Basketball is a small thing when you talk about something like this, but for a couple hours we were able to make people forget."

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Tecumseh officials organized a moment of silence before the game and Saline players wore green shoelaces on their right shoes in honor of Price's ties to Eastern Michigan University. He was a captain of the EMU football team in 1983 and his son, Matt, was a sophomore defensive lineman for the Eagles this season.

Caitlin Ellis scored 12 points and Britten Clark added nine points for the Hornets (2-2), who led 22-11 at halftime.

"We crashed the boards hard, missing Amanda obviously," Waltz said. "I can't ask for anything more; they gave it everything they had."


After starting 0-4 this season, Pioneer coach Crystal Westfield knew something had to change.

Her Pioneers focused on defense, rebounding and limiting turnovers in a Southeastern Conference game against Adrian. And it worked.

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"That's what won us the game." said Westfield. "We had a small, faster line-up and we switched our defense up."

That defense clearly shut down Adrian, which scored one point in the first quarter and five in the first half.

Janese Honeycutt scored a team-high 12 points and pulled down five rebounds for Pioneer.

Westfield was excited about the win and hopes her girls keep up the intensity they showed.

“We need to take what we did tonight and carry it into our next two games (Monday and Tuesday)," she said.


Dominique Foley scored 20 points and Arielle Cargor added 16 as Lincoln remained unbeaten and denied Skyline it’s first league win.

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“I told them, 'Don't let (Skyline) come in and get their first league win against you. That'll be remembered in their record books that their first league win was against you,'" said Lincoln coach Mike Hotchkiss.

The Railsplitters (5-0) took a 30-18 lead into halftime and that would be the difference as the teams were even in the second half. Jaslynn Rollins dominated on the glass for Lincoln, finishing with 21 rebounds on the night.

"We're playing well right now. This is a good win for us,” said Hotchkiss.

Janae Sims led the Eagles (2-3) with 16 points.


A stingy defense led by Polly Washabaugh helped Dexter stay unbeaten.

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"Overall defensively we played well, we played very very hard,” said Dexter coach Mike Bavineau, whose team limited Monroe to five or fewer points in three quarters.

Although Washabaugh scored four points, she contributed to the win by limiting Monroe’s Jordan Strauss to 12 points. Strauss entered the game averaging nearly 25 points.

On the offensive side, Dexter (5-0, 2-0 SEC White) had three players score in double figures with Riley McDonald contributing a team-high 13 points.

Bavineau thinks the team’s versatility will be a strength going forward.

"We have solid balance throughout our lineup," he said. "Any night we can have anyone go for 12, 13 points."


A win is a win, and for the unbeaten Bulldogs, even when they play poorly, they just can’t lose right now.

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"We tried to give it away tonight at times,” said coach Todd Blomquist.

Leading by six with a minute left in the game, Chelsea (5-0, 1-0) turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions and committed a bad foul, allowing Bedford to cut the lead to one.

"Bedford does a really good job of playing a couple different zones and making you play ugly,” Blomquist said.

And that ugly nearly cost Chelsea. Bedford had the ball out of bounds with 0.9 seconds left, but failed to get a shot off as time expired.

Megan Hall, Mackenzie Cole and Katelyn Kingsley each scored six points for Chelsea.


After scouting Riverview, Milan coach Jeff Scott thought his Big Reds had a good chance to win their Huron League opener.

After the first quarter, when Riverview took a 23-4 lead, that chance was lost.

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“(Riverview) just ratcheted it up and that was it,” Scott said. “We’ll keep working and fighting through this.”

Corinna Schneider scored 12 points for Milan (2-4, 0-1).


Keya Lawson scored 31 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Willow Run to its first win on the season.

While Lawson scored the points, coach Kevin Van Riper said it was the team that made it possible for Lawson to score.

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“We’re starting to put some things together and moving the ball around well,” Van Riper said. “Delana (Cook) got the ball moving around a lot better for us.”

Cook finished the game with six assists, many of them to Lawson.

“(Lawson) shot the lights out of the building tonight,” said Van Riper.

Van Riper shortened his bench in an effort to stay competitive throughout the game. It worked, but the 1-3 Flyers weren't ready to celebrate too much.

“They know that we have a long ways to go," Van Riper said. "This is just the tip of the iceberg.”


McKenna Erkfritz and Taylor Manders combined for 33 points as Manchester remained undefeated on the season.

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Erkfritz had 19 points to go with 11 rebounds and Manders had 14 points, five assists and eight steals for the Flying Dutch (5-0, 3-0 Cascades Conference).

"It was a tough battle, real scrappy. But we stood our ground," Manchester coach Cori Kastel said. “We didn't have a good shooting night … but (Addison) didn't have a forward that could really match up with (Erkfritz).”


After winning its first game in nearly three years earlier this week, Whitmore Lake failed to make it two in a row.

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The Trojans (1-5, 1-3 Tri-County Conference) scored four points in the second quarter and couldn’t recover from a 23-16 halftime deficit.

"Really the ballgame was the second quarter. We turned the ball over and we weren't spreading the ball,” said coach Jen Taylor.

Myranda Owens led Whitmore Lake with a game-high 14 points, while Taylor Goodin led Summerfield with 11.


Becca Grimes scored 23 points and Rachel Ballantyne grabbed 21 rebounds for Washtenaw Christian (3-1), which limited Calvary Christan to two fourth-quarter points.

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Grimes scored the last six points of the game.

"She did a nice job managing the clock at the end, being smart with the basketball," Washtenaw Christian coach Bob Trevino said.

The 5-foot-8 Ballantyne had 10 or her rebounds on the offensive glass.

"She's just strong and tough as nails,” Trevino said. “And she takes a lot of pride in that."


A bad first half led to the third loss of the season for Rudolf Steiner (1-3, 1-1).

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The lack of execution hurt the Storm as they turned the ball over 35 times and scored one point in the first quarter.

"We have to focus on doing the little things practically,” said coach Jim Belanger.

Ciara Jackson scored 24 points for Holt Lutheran, even though Steiner focused its defensive game plan on stopping the dynamic scoring threat.

“She’s a very good player, my hats off to her. We knew how to stop her, we just didn't execute,” said Belanger.

Tessa Belanger finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Rudolf Steiner.



Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:04 p.m.

Janae Sims had 19 points. Please correct this!