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December 13, 2012
Grosse Pointe North’s girls’ basketball team played two tough road games last week, making it four consecutive road contests to start the season.

The Norsemen lost 66-34 to Westland John Glenn and followed with a 47-36 loss to Livonia Ladywood.

“We didn’t compete very well against a very good John Glenn team,” head coach Gary Bennett said. “I was happy to see the girls turn it around and play much better against another good team in Ladywood.”

Junior Maria Liddane led the way with 14 points and junior Jayla Hubbard had six points and five rebounds against John Glenn.

The Norsemen’s offensive struggles continued, but they shot the ball better against Ladywood.

They trailed 19-18 at the half, but a scoring lull in the third quarter allowed the Blazers to take a 35-23 lead.

Bennettt watched his players hustle back into the game as Liddane and senior Stavi Varlamos each drilled a three-point basket, and Hubbard converted a three-point play, to help the Norsemen run off 11 straight points and cut the deficit to 35-34.

The Blazers used a couple of three-point baskets to distance themselves from the Norsemen in the final few minutes to win.

“We did a whole lot better than Tuesday,” Bennett said. “I think the girls were pleased with their effort. They competed tonight, which is what I’m looking for. We want to be competitive.”

Liddane led the team with 14 points and five assists, while Hubbard finished with nine points and senior Anna Giordano had six points.

Grosse Pointe North dipped to 0-4 overall.

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