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Posted on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:24 a.m.

Skyline boys can't catch a break, plus scoring leaders and other prep basketball notes

By Kyle Austin

The standings may say Skyline sits in fourth place, at 3-3 in the SEC Red.

But as one opposing coach, Pioneer’s Rex Stanczak, put it, “Skyline is just as good as everyone else, they’ve just been on the short end of the close games.”

In its first time through its inter-division SEC games, Skyline lost three times: to the three teams above it in the standings, by a combined 17 points.


The season has been rough at times for Marquis Wesley, above, and the Skyline Eagles.

Daniel Brenner | file photo

That includes an overtime loss to Temperance Bedford Jan. 11, a six-point loss to Huron Jan. 25 and a two-point loss to Pioneer Jan. 29.

The Eagles very nearly won two of those games. Against Bedford, Skyline gave up game-tying 3 with 1.2 seconds left. And against Pioneer, Jibreel Hussein hit a 3 with 12 seconds left to give his team the win.

Luckily for Skyline, SEC Red teams each play one another twice, and it will have three chances at redemption. Those three will all come in the span of a week starting next Friday at Bedford.

Red takes the season

The SEC played the second of its two regular-season crossover nights Tuesday, and on the boys side, the results were one-sided.

SEC Red teams went 5-1 against their SEC counterparts Tuesday, with the division’s only loss being Monroe against Adrian.

Counting the Dec. 21 crossovers, the Red went 8-3 against the White this year. (Dexter and Skyline had their game from that night postponed to Feb. 12.)

On the girls side, the two divisions split an even 3-3 Tuesday, but in the Dec. 21 crossovers, the White went 5-1.

Both the boys and the girls finish the seasons by playing crossover games against the teams in the same spot in the standings, but those don’t count against league records.

County Scoring Leaders

Greenhills senior Andrew Khouri scored his 1,000th career point in the Gryphons' 62-57 win over Taylor Baptist Park on Tuesday.

Not only that, Khouri scored 28 points and boosted his scoring average up to a Washtenaw County best 22.9 points per game.

"He's a great outside shooter, and led the county in scoring last year," said Greenhills coach Andrew Wright. "And he's probably going to do it again."

Boys Leaders

Andrew Khouri, Greenhills 9 206 22.9
Jason Houle, Gabriel Richard 14 317 22.6
C.J. Turnage, Milan 14 249 17.8
Daquanta Brown, Willow Run 12 212 17.7
Mathias Donat, Washtenaw Christian 12 212 17.7
Jibreel Hussein, Pioneer 14 235 16.8
Reece Dils, Saline 14 222 15.9
Kamari Davis, Gabriel Richard 13 193 14.8
Latin Davis, Milan 14 198 14.1
Derek Seidl, Dexter 13 180 13.8

Girls Leaders

Jackie Oestreich, Greenhills 15 370 24.7
McKenna Erkfritz, Manchester 15 224 14.9
Taylor Manders, Manchester 15 211 14.1
Desiree Cougill, Pioneer 13 180 13.8
Riley Singleton, Chelsea 15 201 13.4
Jasmine Jones, Ypsilanti 15 200 13.3
Grace Sauers, Chelsea 15 193 12.9
Dominique Foley, Lincoln 15 192 12.8
Arie Cargor, Lincoln 16 202 12.6
Natassja Chambers, Arbor Prep 15 187 12.5

Willow Run heads for the train

The last regular-season road trip in Willow Run girls basketball history won’t be made on a bus.

The Flyers will take the train to Kalamazoo for their final two games of the season, in what coach Cliff Russell hopes will be a weekend for his players to visit a college campus and have experiences they wouldn’t normally have.

“We’re going to go in order to see things that many of us may have not seen before, and certainly to meet people that we normally wouldn’t get a chance to meet,” Russell said.

Willow Run plays at Lawrence Thursday, Feb. 21. The next day, the team will have a chance to tour the campus of Western Michigan University, and to watch the WMU women’s basketball team practice.

After a Saturday afternoon game at Benton Harbor DREAM Academy, the Flyers will take the train back to Ypsilanti.

The team is seeking donations to help defray the cost of the trip. Donations can be made to the Willow Run athletic office.

The weekend will mark the last regular-season ones for Willow Run, which will merge with Ypsilanti over the summer.

“I think it helps make their final memories of Willow Run High School even more special,” Russell said.

See-saw Chelsea girls

The Chelsea girls have been a tough team to pick these last two weeks.


It's been an up and down year for the Chelsea High School girls basketball team.

Joseph Tobianski | file photo

On Jan. 25, the Bulldogs traveled to Lincoln to face a team that was 10-2 at the time and had won 5-of-6, in what looked like it would be a close game. Chelsea won, 62-43.

It was a big win for a team that started the SEC season with a win over Huron.

But when an Ypsilanti team that Chelsea had already beat by 28 came to town last Friday, it was a different story. Chelsea turned the ball over 25 times, and the Phoenix scored 25 fourth-quarter points.

"We didn't close the game out," Chelsea coach Todd Blomquist said. "We were really lackadaisical with the ball and committed a lot of turnovers."

The Bulldogs nearly were upset again Tuesday, when it needed overtime to beat a Skyline team that is 1-8 in the league.

So when it comes to Friday’s showdown with Dexter, who knows.

Game of the Week

The Arbor Prep boys won Game of the Week two weeks ago, and now the Arbor Prep girls are making a run at this week’s honors for their matchup against Greenhills. Voting stays open until noon Saturday.