December 27, 2012Grosse Pointe South's girls' basketball team avenged last year's loss at Warren Cousino with a more than convicing 69-27 win early last week.
Last year, the Blue Devils built a double-digit second-half lead against the Patriots, but went cold and eventually lost. It was the Blue Devils' only league loss and forced a tie atop the Macomb Area Conference White Division between Cousino and South.
South head coach Kevin Richards and his Blue Devils made sure this wouldn't happen again.
South senior Gretchen Shirar battles for a rebound
during the Blue Devilsâ€™ win over Cousino.
"We wanted to come out and jump out early, which we did," Richards said. "Everyone played well tonight."
The Blue Devils used their full-court press to force 10 first-quarter turnovers, which helped them take an 18-3 lead. A 9-0 run turned a 6-1 lead into a 15-1 lead and the route was on.
Senior Claire DeBoer paved the way in the first quarter with six points and it was senior Gretchen Shirar's two three-point baskets and sophomore Aliezza Brown's 11 points that propelled the Blue Devils into a 39-16 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, Richards subbed four players with four of his starters. They didn't miss a beat and turned the game into a blowout. They outscored the Patriots' starters 20-5 and the lead was 38 points, 59-21.
It was a running block midway through the third quarter and throughout the fourth.
"Our pressure and defense was very good tonight," Richards said. "We're getting our rotation set and the presence of Bre (Andrews) makes us an even deeper team."
Brown led the way with 17 points, followed by Andrews with 13 and Shirar with 11. DeBoer finished with eight points and seven assists from her post-position, and freshman Natalie Engel had eight points.
Sophomore Cierra Rice had six points. Others who played well were senior Christy Flom, sophomore Katie Kish and sophomore Cydney Webb.
Senior Emily Satterfield played a few minutes in the opening half, but twisted an ankle and sat out the remainder of the game.
Grosse Pointe South improved to 4-1 overall.