Richard Romps In Title Game - Irish Beat Willow Run In Lady Braves Invitational. Also, Saline Soccer Team Wins Ypsilanti Cup
Richard romps in title game
■ Irish beat Willow Run in Lady Braves Invitational. Also, Saline soccer team wins Ypsilanti Cup.
By TIM RUSSELL
NEWS SPECIAL WRITER
YPSILANTI - With four starters back from last year’s Ypsilanti Lady Braves Invitational winning team, the Gabriel Richard girls’ basketball team seemed destined to repeat as tournament champions.
And the Fighting Irish did just that, again beating Willow Run for their second consecutive title, 48-24. Belleville beat Ypsilanti in the consolation game, 53-33.
“This makes the season start out on a good note,” Irish senior center Shauna Sikorski said. “It gives us two solid games under our belt.” Sikorski scored 14 points in the championship game, but was helped along the way by senior guard Aries Ake’s 12 points and senior forward Emily Carr’s eight points. Sikorski added eight rebounds while Ake had five steals, four assists and four rebounds.
“This was a great team effort,” Sikorski said. “Early in the game, they used a sagging defense and we got some good shots from our transition game. Then our guards starting hitting from the outside and that opened things up on the inside.” Richard (2-0) jumped out to a 22-11 halftime lead, then outscored the Flyers 17-5 in the third quarter.
Ypsilanti Cup — Saline made off with the title by beating Howell, 2-1. Saline, a club team, scored midway thorough the second half to break a 1 -1 tie.
Greenhills 2, Ypsilanti 1 - Greenhills triumphed in the consolation game of the Ypsilanti Cup. Only one half of the game was played due to lightning.
Dexter 12, Chelsea 0 - The Dreadnaughts raised their record to 3-1 (2-0 SEC) with the shutout win. Seniors Ben Tatara and Josh Fink each scored three times.
Tecumseh 3, Jackson Lumen Christi 0 - Senior forward Casper Jensen scored two goals to lead the Indians (2-0-1).
Lansing Everett 62, Huron 53 - Huron found itself in an 18-7 hole after
the first quarter and never caught up. Jasmine Smith led Huron with 18 points. LaTasha Franklin hauled down 18 rebounds, and Nicole Phillips got 10 rebounds.
Brighton 44, Pinckney 36 — Brighton christened its new field house, "The Dog Pound," with a win. Brighton senior guard Joy Dean led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points, five assists, six rebounds and six steals.
Greenhills 59, Grass Lake 47 - Greenhills trailed by 11 points at halftime but settled down in the second half. "We played our brand of defense (in the second half),” Gryphon coach Pete Pullen said. "We had a lot of ball pressure and got some turnovers and easy baskets." Sophomore center Julie Henderson led with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Tecumseh 64, Jackson Lumen Christi 54 - Tecumseh broke open a close game with 20 points in the final period. Junior Amy Still scored 18 points and had five rebounds, while senior Carrie Andre added 17 points, eight steals and five rebounds.
Lincoln 46, Romulus 39 - Behind at halftime, the Railsplitters went to a pressure defense in the second half and the strategy worked. Jean Kegerreis led Lincoln with 13 points, while Amy Kirby added eight points and nine rebounds.
Rochester Adams 59, Plymouth Salem 45 - Salem got off to a slow start against a tough Adams team, which outscored the Rocks 16-3 in the early going. Salem senior guard Lisa Craven hit four 3-pointers.
Deerfield 73, Clinton 34 - In the first three quarters, Clinton scored just 19 points. Guard Jianna Service led the Redskins with 12 points.
Farmington Hills Mercy 42, South Lyon 35 - "We just played a terrible third quarter," said South Lyon coach Ron Shanks. The Lions were led senior forward Karen Sikorski with eight points, and sophomore Nicole McMillan added seven.
Whitmore Lake 44, Valley Christian Academy 39 - The Trojans out-scored the visitors, 18-10, in the second quarter and never looked back. Jill Henry scored 12 points for Whitmore Lake, which improved to 1-1.
NEWS PHOTO - JOHN LEE
Richard's Aries Ake heads upcourt with a loose ball during the championship game of the Lady Braves Invitational Thursday. The Irish defeated Willow Run, 48-24.
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