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North guard Stavi Varlamos dribbles through traffic during the Norsemen’s non-league loss to Birmingham Marian.
December 06, 2012
By Bob St. John

Sports Editor

The Grosse Pointe North girls’ basketball team opened its slate last week, dropping tough non-league games to Sterling Heights and Birmingham Marian.

The Norsemen lost 37-36 to the Stallions as the home team hit a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Norsemen trailed 24-15 at the half, but played solid defense in the second half to nearly pull out the victory.

“I was really proud of our defensive effort,” head coach Gary Bennett said. “We could have folded, but we pulled together and worked hard as a team.”

Junior Maria Liddane led the team with 14 points. Sophomore Megan Lesha had six points and four rebounds, and junior Jayla Hubbard has six points and senior Stavi Varlamos added five points.

Two nights later, North led 19-16 at the half at Marian, but had trouble scoring in the final two quarters.

“We had 27 turnovers for the game, many in the second half,” Bennett said. “At the other end, we only turned them over three times in the second half which limited our chances for some easier baskets.”

Senior Taryn Kiah had 12 points, four steals and three rebounds to lead the Norsemen, while Hubbard added nine points and Varlamos had six in a losing effort.

Grosse Pointe North is 0-2 overall.

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