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Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 9:35 p.m.

Late run from Grosse Ile spoils Milan's upset bid and more Thursday results

By Staff

For the first 26 minutes of Thursday night’s game against Grosse Ile, the Milan High School girls basketball team executed exactly the way head coach Jeff Scott wanted.

Then it all came crashing down as Grosse Ile went on a 17-4 run to close the game and drop Milan to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in the Huron League.

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"This game was three and a third quarters strong against a solid team,” said Scott. "This is where the youth and inexperience comes in. We gotta learn how to win."

Milan trailed 24-21 entering the fourth and had a chance to tie with six minutes left when Sam Coon was fouled while making a basket that cut Grosse Ile's lead to one. Coon missed the free-throw and Grosse Ile's run to close out the game began.

"We're getting better, we’re young,” said Scott.

Corinna Schneider led Milan with nine points and seven rebounds, while Sarah Mochr scored a game-high 16 for Grosse Ile.

Scott said his team struggled to handle the press defense late and failed to hold its composure as the clock ticked down. Still, he was happy with their performance overall.

"It was a lot closer than 14,” he said.


Greenhills got a pair of double-doubles from its two best players as Marissa Thompson had 17 points and 23 rebounds for Greenhills while Jackie Oestreich also 20 points and 17 boards.

Greenhills won its second Michigan Independent Athletic Conference game in as many nights, but coach Lisa Mack wasn't exactly over the moon over it.

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The Gryphons (5-2, 3-1) saw a 12 point-lead fourth quarter lead dwindle to just four and committed far too many turnovers for Mack's liking.

"It was just the basics and that's the frustrating part," Mack said, conceding, "I guess I tend to focus on the negative. I set the bar really high."

Carissa Thomspon scored Taylor Baptist Park's first 12 points and finished with 25. Greenhills switched up its defense on Thompson, forcing her to her right (the right-handed shooting Thompson preferred dribbling left) and it was effective.

"It worked for the most part," Mack said. "She's a good guard."


A strong defensive effort in the second and third quarters helped Rudolf Steiner win its first game since before the Christmas break.

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"We played really good, solid defense,” said assistant coach Eric Sproull.

Anika Sproull scored 17 points to go along with three rebounds and five steals forthe Storm, who are now 2-3 on the year.

"Anika had a really nice complete game,” said Eric Sproull.

Teresa Safranek led Christ the King -- a team comprised of home schooled students -- with six points.


A slow second half was the downfall of the Manchester High School boys basketball team Thursday night. After trailing 40-36 at halftime, the Flying Dutchmen managed to score just 22 points in the second half in a Cascades Conference loss.

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Matt Kemner led Manchester with 14 points, while Nate Bossory and David Luckas each had 12 in the loss.

Manchester (1-7, 0-3) trailed 40-36 at the half but watched Napoleon pull away with a 19-11 third quarter. The Pirates outscored Manchester 28-11 in the fourth quarter.

Kohl Roberts scored a game-high 19 points for Napoleon and Dustin Elliott had 15.


Marissa Thompson and Jackie Oestreich each scored 13 points for Greenhills as the Gryphons improved to 4-2 on the season, despite only scoring one point in the third quarter.

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“Lutheran South played a great game on defense,” said Greenhills head coach Lisa Mack. “We had a tough time scoring in the 3rd quarter. Once we were able to settle down, we put the ball in the basket.”

Greenhills trailed 28-26 entering the fourth quarter, but was able to make some stops defensively and hold Newport to just eight points in final frame.

“Our free throw shooting was huge and helped make a difference in the game,” Mack said. “Our defense did a much better job in the second half.”

Kristie Smrcka had a game-high 15 points for Newport in the loss.

Compiled by Matt Durr and Pete Cunningham. Coaches may call in results to the prep sports desk at 734-623-2565 or email results to