girls basketball roundup: Pioneer, Dexter and Lincoln win non-conference games and more Tuesday night results
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Pioneer 44, South Lyon 41
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Pioneer opened the season by prevailing in a back-and-forth game.
Senior Jenny Fichera led Pioneer with 13 points, chipping in six rebounds and six assists.
"She led us in scoring last year as a junior, and then she’s coming back full force this year," Pioneer coach Crystal Westfield said.
After starting out the season 0-4 last year, Westfield said recording an opening-night win was important.
“That’s the one thing we talked about, last year we started off 0-4, so this was really good for us," Westfield said.
Livonia Franklin converted an and-1 opportunity in the final minute of the game to take the lead, and held on in the closing seconds to record the victory in its season opener.
Anita Vandermeulen led Skyline (1-2) with 12 points. Mia Morris scored 11 points. Teammates Janae Sims and Mea Morris each recorded 10 points.
"They really crashed the boards hard in the fourth quarter, and they actually got three straight put backs down the stretch," Skyline coach Keith Wade said. "We didn't have good defensive spacing, and that led to girls being out-of-position for rebounds."
Dexter used a 19-2 run in the first quarter to establish control of the tempo on its way to its second victory of the season.
Crystal Kedroske led Dexter with a game-high 10 points. Teammates Emma Kill, Teia McGahey, and Makenzie Svihra each scored eight points.
Jenn Steinaway led Pinckney with a team-high six points.
"We were able to pressure them and force turnovers, and that helped us create quality scoring opportunities on offense," Dexter coach Mike Bavineau said. "Each of our players are able to find a way to contribute offensively, and that's something we take a lot of pride in as far as being a balanced team."
Canton's strong defensive effort kept Saline at bay on Tuesday. The Hornets were limited to less than 10 points in all but the third quarter.
"Their defense was phenomenal all night," Saline coach Jeff Waltz said. "They're really tall and really athletic and they took away our passing lanes in the half-court."
Caitlin Ellis, who had 10 points, was the only Saline player to score double-digits.
Natassja Chambers and Jamie Rittenhouse each finished with 20 points to lead Arbor Prep to a 41-point victory over a Class A school.
Zakiya Wells added 10 points, 14 assists and four steals for Arbor Prep, which outscored Taylor Kennedy 52-17 in the first half.
"It's all driven by our defense," Arbor Prep coach Rod Wells said. "We were really aggressive and fundamentally sound defensively, and that allowed our transition offense to thrive. We did a good job of sharing the ball tonight, and I'm impressed by how well we're working together as a team this early in the season."
Taylor Cole led Taylor Kennedy with 15 points, and Karlee Morris added nine points and 10 rebounds for Arbor Prep,
Ypsilanti Lincoln's Jaslynn Rollins had 11 points and 12 rebounds, her third straight game with a double-double.
Katelyn Morris had 11 points and eight rebounds.
"Our defensive prowess was the key to victory, and our play was selfless," Ypsilanti Lincoln coach Mike Foley said. "We forced them into a lot of turnovers tonight."
Dominique Foley had 11 points and four assists, and Arie Cargor had 10 points and four steals.
Melissa Dreffs scored eight points for Whitmore Lake, followed by Alyssa Milliman with seven.
Whitmore Lake (0-3) struggled with turnovers in the first quarter. It also could not stop Britton-Deerfield’s fast-break offense.
“Our girls were not getting back on defense,” Whitmore Lake coach Jen Taylor said. “Britton-Deerfield kept scoring easy buckets on us.”
Greenhills lost despite a game-high 33 points from Jackie Oestreich.
"She's really really athletic and has a knack for getting the ball into the basket," Greenhills coach Rachel Cortis said. "She’s great around the basket. She's about 6-foot-2, which makes it a lot easier. She has a double-double both games this season."
The Gryphons went into the fourth down 35-33, but were outscored 14-7 in the final eight minutes.
"We just ran out of steam and lost our focus too," Cortis said. "We’re a pretty young team, and it’s just learning to adjust to the different presses and traps."
Two-time defending district champs Saline Washtenaw Christian dropped its season-opener to Westland Huron Valley Lutheran.
Washtenaw Christian had a 20-17 lead at halftime, but was outscored 26-12 in the second half.
"We had a little bit of rust," Saline Washtenaw Christian coach Bob Trevino said. "They are a good team, and they were a good opponent for the first game of the year we have some things to work on but they are correctable mistakes."
Dayna Schrioeder led Huron Valley Lutheran with 13 points while teammate Julie St. John had 10.
For the Wildcats, Michaela Donat led the team with 10 points. Rachel Ballantyne had two points, two steals, two blocks and 13 rebounds.
"We don't have a deep bench, and we don't have our game condition to where it needs to be yet, " Trevino said. "We're a good fundamental team, we just need to stay focused at peaking at the right time."
Ypsilanti 63, Belleville 21