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North, South win in division; Menth medals
Bob St. John Sports Editor
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January 03, 2013
Grosse Pointe North’s girls’ basketball team opened its division slate with a lopsided 54-24 win over Sterling Heights Stevenson Friday, Dec. 21.
Head coach Gary Bennett and the Norsemen jumped out to a quick 16-4 lead and extended the margin to 31-10 at the half.
A big third quarter put the game away as the home team led by 30 points. Each squad had nine points in the fourth quarter before the final horn sounded.
Freshman Erin Armbruster had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Maria Liddane had 10 points.
Other top scorers were senior Stavi Varlamos with seven points and sophomore Megan Lesha with six points and six rebounds.
Grosse Pointe North has now won three games in a row after a season-opening four-game slide, improving to 1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 3-4 overall.
Grosse Pointe South continued its win streak, making it five in a row after opening its MAC Red Division schedule with a 63-41 victory over host Romeo.
The Blue Devils led 26-20 at the half, but used a 21-13 third quarter and 16-8 fourth quarter to overwhelm the Bulldogs and improve to 1-0 in the MAC Red Division and 5-1 overall.
Senior Claire DeBoer had a double-double, netting 20 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomores Cierra Rice and Aliezza Brown reached double figures, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Junior Bre Andrews chipped in with nine points.
Moving to the mats the same weekend, Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South competed in the 39th annual Macomb County wrestling tournament at Chippewa Valley.
Richmond won the title for an unprecedented third straight season.
Head coach Greg Snider didn’t have a medalist and Grosse Pointe North, under head coach Eric Julien, had one, Paul Menth.
Menth earned a sixth-place medal in the 145-pound division after losing by a pin in the third period of the fifth- and sixth-place match to L’Anse Creuse’s Ian Weldron.
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