Hot-shooting Huron runs away from Pioneer, Saline tops Skyline and more Friday night results
In an intra-city rivalry game, the Huron High School girls basketball team staked its claim to being the best team in Ann Arbor with a 55-28 win at Pioneer on Friday night.
But Huron coach Steve Vinson said that didn’t really matter to him.
"It's just one game at a time. I don't think we put more emphasis on this game than any other," he said. "Our emphasis is just getting better every game, whoever that is."
The River Rats led 45-15 before the mostly meaningless fourth quarter. Huron made 7-of-13 shots from 3-point range and 50 percent of its shots from inside the arc.
"I like how well we shot the ball tonight," Vinson said. "A lot of that has to do with how well we space the floor."
Bianca Williams scored 13 points and Devin Talley 11 for Huron (7-5, 4-0 Southeastern Conference Red Division).
Vinson also praised the all-around games of Auzhane King (seven points, five assists, three steals) and freshman Ariel Bethea, who had a team-high in rebounds and steals with five apiece.
Janese Honeycutt scored 18 of Pioneer’s 28 points.
"Our turnover rate was very bad," Pioneers coach Crystal Westfield said. "We were outhustled."
Pioneer fell to 5-6, 3-2 in the SEC Red.
"Huron is very talented and they're very athletic, and it was hard to get the ball across halfcourt," Westfield said. "When you have a team like that, you have to be better thinkers."
SALINE 50, SKYLINE 27
Saline had 10 players score at least two points and Hornets coach Jeff Waltz said all 13 players that saw the floor contributed to their SEC Red win against Skyline.
"I truly think everyone played well tonight," he said.
Alli Cope scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for Saline (3-8, 2-3 SEC Red). Amanda Price added eight points.
"We played with confidence tonight," Waltz said. "We'd been lacking in it in some games prior."
Janae Sims led Skyline (3-9, 0-4 SEC Red) with 10 points. The Eagles are looking for their first league win in the program’s second year.
"They're going to get it eventually,” Waltz said. “They've got talent."
GREENHILLS 59, STERLING HEIGHTS PARKWAY CHRISTIAN 40
Marissa Thompson scored 24 points to go with 14 rebounds and Jackie Oestreich had 20 points as Greenhills (7-3) cruised to a win.
"The big thing for us was we really moved the ball well on offense,” said Gryphons coach Lisa Mack.
The Gryphons jumped out to 16-2 lead early, but Parkway Christian's Hannah Durham knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead to 16-8. Greenhills would make an adjustment and never look back.
"We recognized early that we had to adjust to taking away the three and not worry about the post,” Mack said.
Although Durham finished with a game-high 25 points, Parkway Christian could not get any closer.
ECORSE 46, WILLOW RUN 26
Keya Lawson was the high scorer for the Flyers with just eight points. Coach Kevin Van Riper acknowledged struggles on offense were a problem for his team.
"Sometimes its just tough to generate (offense) from some of our other players,” Van Riper said. "I didn't think we played very effectively."
Willow Run (4-5) fell behind by double digits early and was unable to rebound and cut into the deficit.
"It wasn't one of our better games,” said Van Riper. "(Ecorse) deserved to win."
The coach did say he was proud of the efforts on the glass by China McGee and Alycia Scott, who each had nine rebounds in the loss.
SAND CREEK 41, WHITMORE LAKE 30
A rough third quarter was the difference for the Whitmore Lake Trojans as they only managed to score four points in the quarter.
"We missed a ton of shots underneath. We missed 15 shots in the lane,” said head coach Jen Taylor.
Trailing 21-16 at the half, Whitmore Lake (2-8, 1-6 Tri-County Conference), was in the game until the lack of execution on offense was its downfall. Taylor felt her team played well against it’s conference rival, but just didn’t have enough to pull out the win.
"Sand Creek is a tough team. We played a great game, we made some good adjustments against them,” she said.
Myranda Owens had 11 points to lead the Trojans who limited their turnovers to just 11 on the night. A far-cry from earlier in the season when 40-plus turnovers was a normal night.
"The girls are really starting to click with offense,” said Taylor. "We keep playing like this, those wins are going to come."
Gabrielle Herriman scored a game-high 14 points for Sand Creek.
WASHTENAW CHRISTIAN 53, LIVINGSTON CHRISTIAN 20
Michaela Donat matched Livingston Christian’s entire scoring output in the win and added six steals for Washtenaw Christian (5-3).
Rachel Ballantyne added 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks and Becca Grimes had nine points and five assists.
"It was a good effort by everybody to stay focused in a game where you can get sloppy," Wildcats coach Bob Trevino said. "The girls did a good job and we were able to get some subs in."
Trevino described Livingston Christian as young and inexperienced and praised its effort.
"I give their coach all the credit in the world,” Trevino said. “Their girls played gritty tough."
Kristin Lambert scored 11 for Livingston Christian.