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Posted on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

Milan girls basketball rallies from 15-point deficit and more Friday night results

By Staff

With his team trailing by 15 points with seven minutes left in its game against Tecumseh Friday night, Milan High School girls basketball coach Jeff Scott took a timeout to calm down his Big Reds.

Eleven minutes later, Milan had completed a stunning comeback to win 45-42 in overtime.

"I just told them they have to believe in themselves," said Scott. "They're young. They really don't know how to win."

After the timeout, Tecumseh did not score another field goal for the remainder of the fourth quarter and into overtime.

The Big Reds claimed the lead late in the game, but an ill-advised shot and foul allowed Tecumseh to tie the score. There was still time on the clock, however, and Milan had a chance to win in regulation.

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Milan (2-1) failed to convert, sending the game into overtime. The Big Red defense continued to stymie the Indians and even though it only scored four points in bonus period, Milan was victorious.

"This might be the little spark we need to say 'Hey, we're not so bad at this,’” said Scott. "I think this is going to be a huge first stepping stone."

Corinna Schneider, a key component in the comeback according to Scott, had 18 points to go with 16 rebounds, five steals and four blocks for Milan. It was her third double-double in as many games.

"As a senior, she kind of willed herself to grab everything off the boards,” Scott said.

Sam Coon contributed with 12 points, six steals and six assists for Milan.


After a last year's winless season, it's understandable that Skyline can get a little rattled when they fall behind. That was the case Friday night, when Plymouth made an early run and took control.

"We started out OK, and then (Plymouth) made a quick run ... and that's what we've been struggling with," said Skyline coach Keith Wade. He said the team has to overcome memories of last year and keep battling when they fall behind.

Plymouth (1-1) led 46-16 after three quarters before Skyline (1-2) rallied for a 14-2 advantage in the fourth quarter.

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"They're learning that they can get better," Wade said of his team. "I'm proud of their effort in the fourth quarter."

Anita Vandermeulen scored 12 points and Janae Sims added nine for the Eagles. Jada Woody led Plymouth with 10 points.


Arielle Cargor scored 23 points and Dominique Foley added 18 points for Lincoln (4-0), which led 64-18 after three quarters.

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“That’s part of building our reputation in this area,” Lincoln coach Mike Hotchkiss said. “It has to start with wins like this.”

Keya Lawson scored 13 points for Willow Run (0-2).


The Bulldogs (3-0) played their style of game and came out with a win over South Lyon (0-2). But coach Todd Blomquist, isn’t satisfied with his team’s hot start.

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"We were able to dictate the tempo and we were really efficient offensively in the first half,” Blomquist said. "We still have a long ways to go to get to where we want to be."

After taking a 32-18 lead into half, Chelsea stumbled defensively in the third quarter and South Lyon cut the deficit to six entering the fourth quarter. But a 21-point fourth quarter put the game out of reach for South Lyon.

"We were making the extra pass and working our half court offense,” said Blomquist.

Megan Hall scored 19 points and added eight rebounds and three assists to help keep her team remain unbeaten on the year.

"She put in a lot of work in the off-season and its showing. She's a workhorse,” said Blomquist.


With leading scorer Marissa Thompson in foul trouble and on the bench for a large stretch of the second half, the Gryphons were still able to rally for a victory.

Jackie Oestreich scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, including four free throws in the final minute.

Lutheran Westland started the game with a 10-2 run and was ahead 23-22 after three quarters.

Thompson, who finished with nine points, wasn't the only player in foul trouble in what Greenhills coach Lisa Mack called "a very physical game." Lutheran Westland also had its strong post players in foul trouble and Oestreich capitalized.

"She was able to take advantage of a mismatch and she did a great job of following missed shots and putting them away," Mack said.


McKenna Erkfritz had 20 points and eight rebounds as Manchester (4-0) stayed undefeated. The Flying Dutchmen have been hot to start the season and coach Cori Kastle thinks her team is just getting started.

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"They're getting better as they spend more time on the court,” said Kastle.

After knocking off Clinton, East Jackson and Onsted early, Kastle wondered if her team was really that good, or if maybe they caught the competition at the right time. After Friday’s win, she thinks her team is for real.

“This team has come together faster than any team I’ve ever coached,” said Kastle.

Erkfritz had her most complete game of the season according to Kastle, and Jesse Coltre contributed nine points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. But it was the team effort that led to the win, Kastle said.

"The biggest thing is we knew it was going to take the whole team to beat the,” Kastle said. "We needed to make sure we were the stronger ones on the boards."

And the Dutch did just that as five players had five or more rebounds.

Morgan Berry led Napoleon with 15 points.


After Whitmore Lake trailed 19-17 at halftime, Britton-Deerfield blew open a close game in the second half.

Trojans coach Jennifer Taylor said things "kind of fell apart" after halftime. "We didn't run our trap very well," she said.

But Taylor said she sees progress, as the winless Trojans' turnovers have gone down each game.

"We're heading in the right direction," Taylor said. "We just need to turn in four good quarters."

Abby Salata led Whitmore Lake (0-4) with 11 points and six rebounds.


Tessa Belanger scored eight points and pulled down 15 rebounds to help Rudolf Steiner (1-1) record its first win of the season in a Mid-South Conference game in Battle Creek.

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Seven of Belanger's 15 rebounds were on the offensive end of the court.

"She just owned the boards on both ends tonight,” said assistant coach Eric Sproull.

Steiner held a slim 13-10 lead at halftime, but pulled away in the second half.

"The points off turnovers were great," Sproull said. "And, in the second half, the shots started falling."

Claire Tribbett led Calhoun Christian (0-1) with eight points.


Washtenaw Christian managed just six points in the second and third quarters combined, putting the Wildcats in a hole they couldn't climb out of.

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"We didn't play bad but the ball just didn't go through the hole,” said coach Bob Trevino. "Our offense created the opportunities, we just couldn't knock it down. We're a good shooting team normally, it just didn't happen for us tonight.”

Michaela Donat scored nine points for Washtenaw Christian (1-1) while Rachel Valentine had eight points and five rebounds.