Sorting through the SEC standings, plus more prep basketball notes, leaders
Joseph Tobianski | AnnArbor.com
Confused about the Southeastern Conference hoops standings?
We’re here to help.
SEC basketball played its first league games last month for both boys and girls, and gets into full swing later this week.
Girls teams have played two league games apiece, and boys teams have played one (with the exception of Skyline and Dexter, which had their matchup last month postponed due to a power outage.)
The SEC will play a 12-game league slate this year, before switching to a 16-game one next year. That includes 10 divisional games, two against each opponent, and two crossover games.
Both the boys and the girls have already played one of their two crossover games. After an open date Tuesday, league play resumes Friday night.
Outside of the SEC, the Manchester girls are off to a 5-0 first-place start in the Cascades Conference, and the Milan boys opened up the Huron League slate with a Tuesday win over Carleton Airport, after going undefeated in league play last year.
|SEC RED||Lg.||Overall||SEC WHITE||Lg.||Overall|
|SEC RED||Lg.||Overall||SEC WHITE||Lg.||Overall|
McGahey shines after knee surgery
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
The road to recovery for Dexter’s Teia McGahey has been an extended one.
But halfway through her senior season, it’s starting to pay off.
An injury late in her freshman year caused the Dexter senior forward to miss her entire sophomore campaign. She still wears a large knee brace during games.
Against Saline last Friday, there was little evidence of any injury, as McGahey was all over the court, scoring a season high 12 points to go along with some feisty defense. She’s scored in double digits in three of the last four games, and is second on the team in scoring.
“That’s great to see,” Bavineau said. “She’s had a long time coming back from her knee injury, and we’re just now starting to see the things she’s capable of doing.”
“She’s done an amazing thing, so it’s great to see somebody who’s gone through something like that really come out and start to shine.”
Greenhills’ Jackie Oestreich is averaging nearly twice as many points as any other player in the county. Her season has included a 42-point, 24-rebound performance against Novi Franklin Road Christian last month, and 30-plus point performances in two other games.
On the boys’ side, Father Gabriel Richard junior sharpshooter Jason Houle came into Tuesday as the county’s leading scorer, and put up 26 points against Notre Dame Prep.
But Greenhills’ Andrew Khouri scored 34 Tuesday night against Taylor Baptist Park to take the edge. Khouri has been limited to only three of his team’s five games due to injury, but put up 77 points in those games.
|Andrew Khouri, Greenhills||3||77||25.7|
|Jason Houle, Gabriel Richard||7||173||24.7|
|Mathias Domat, Washtenaw Christian||4||75||18.8|
|C.J. Turnage, Milan||6||104||17.3|
|Reece Dils, Saline||6||99||16.5|
|Jibreel Hussein, Pioneer||6||94||15.7|
|Latin Davis, Milan||5||75||15.0|
|Kamari Davis, Gabriel Richard||6||88||14.7|
|Adrian Harrison, Arbor Prep||6||84||14.0|
|Jake Korican, Manchester||5||70||14.0|
|Jackie Oestreich, Greenhills||6||168||28.0|
|Jasmine Jones, Ypsilanti||6||92||15.3|
|Desiree Cougill, Pioneer||6||89||14.8|
|McKenna Erkfritz, Manchester||9||133||14.8|
|Abby Andrews, Rudolf Steiner||4||58||14.5|
|Arie Cargor, Lincoln||8||112||14.0|
|Jennifer Fichera, Pioneer||7||96||13.7|
|Riley Singleton, Chelsea||7||95||13.6|
|Taylor Manders, Manchester||9||120||13.3|
|Janae Sims, Skyline||8||105||13.1|
Arbor Prep announced the lineup for its first MLK Shootout tournament Jan. 19, and it includes some of the best players and teams from around the state.
Three Washtenaw County schools will play in the five varsity games scheduled for the day.
Arbor Prep will face off against Benton Harbor at 5:40 p.m., where it will face off against Kalabraya and Kysre Gondrezick. Benton Harbor’s freshman and sophomore sisters are among the top recruits nationally in their classes, according to recruiting servies.
Father Gabriel Richard will face off against Southfield in the next game, before Ypsilanti takes on Inkster, the 2011 state champions that stand at a perfect 5-0.
The Rudolf Steiner boys team has also been invited to a tournament this Saturday at Concordia University put on by Inside Prep Sports called the "Winter Breakout". The Storm will play the second of the five-game tournament at 2:45 p.m. against Detroit Davis Aerospace, a team coached by former Michigan player Willie Davis.
Tickets to Winter Breakout are $10 for all five games with a $2 discount for anyone who brings a non-parishable item to the tournament. All donations will go to the Washtenaw Food Bank.
Several local teams receive votes in first AP state rankings
The Associated Press released its first set of rankings of the girls high school basketball season on Tuesday. While no Washtenaw County teams made the top 10, five received votes. A team's point totals are based on 15 points for a first-place vote, 14 for second, etc.
Huron has five points in Class A, while Lincoln received one.
In Class B, Chelsea received three points. In Class C, Manchester is only three points outside of the top 10 with 21 points, while Arbor Prep has 13.
Game of the Week update
Next Friday's boys game between Huron and Pioneer still leads in the Game of the Week voting. The poll stays open until Saturday and you can vote once an hour until it closes.
Kyle Austin covers sports for AnnArbor.com.