December 27, 2012The Grosse Pointe North girls' basketball team roared back from a first-quarter deficit for a dominating win over Plymouth, 53-35, last week.
The key to their victory was the pressure applied by head coach Gary Bennett's players.
"We knew they were bigger than us," Bennett said. "We had to be able to pressure them so that the size difference was nullified. Otherwise they'd dump it down to (Shelby Cheston) every single time."
Plymouth took control early as Kylie Robb and Jada Woody took charge, scoring early to jump out to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter.
The tide seemed to change when Bennett subbed in senior forward Taryn Kiah.
With six minutes left in the half, she made her mark with a powerful three-point play in which she spun into the heart of the lane, made the basket and was fouled.
"Kiah had been sick for most of this year," Bennett said. "She played about 12 minutes of our second game and was out since then. She rejoined us for practice Monday, so it's good to have her back."
Kiah finished with a game-high 14 points, including making 2-of-4 from three-point range.
The Wildcats fought back in the second half, but the Norsemen had timely three-pointers from Anna Giordano, Emily Armbruster, Phoebe Dodge and Stavi Varlamos, as well as off the bench from Erin Armbruster, to maintain the lead.
Maria Liddane had 12 points for the Norsemen and Jayla Hubbard added seven.
"It's always nice when the ball goes in the basket," laughed Bennett. "We have to make shots in order to pull away. Eventually we wore them out and stretched out a lead."
The Norsemen withstood 13 points from Robb and 10 from Woody by limiting the rest of the team to just 12 points.
Grosse Pointe North improved to 2-4 overall with the win.