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South senior Claire DeBoer goes up for two points in the Blue Devils’ win over Ladywood.
January 10, 2013
Head coach Kevin Richards wanted to challenge his Grosse Pointe South girls’ basketball team.

He was able to secure the challenge, entering the Motor City Roundball Classic at Detroit Country Day.

South faced two tough challengers in Livonia Ladywood and Woodhaven Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28. The games were played in a span of less than 24 hours.

“I wanted to give the girls a challenge that would replicate the state finals and we have it in the Roundball Classic,” Richards said before his team took the court against Ladywood. “I want to see how the girls respond.”

Richards was all smiles after South defeated Ladywood 49-34 and Woodhaven 49-41, improving to 7-1 overall.

The game with Ladywood was close at the half, but a big third quarter helped the Blue Devils take command against one of the top teams in the Catholic League Central Division.

Senior Claire DeBoer had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the team, while sophomore Cierra Rice chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds.

Richards also had contributions from several players off his bench as he routinely extends his rotation to nine or 10.

The Blue Devils used solid play from their guards, Rice and fellow sophomore Aliezza Brown, to help beat a solid Woodhaven squad.

Rice had 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds, and Brown was on fire from three-point range and finished with 12 points.

DeBoer got the job done in the post, scoring nine points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Now with a strenuous non-league schedule behind them, Richards and South will focus on winning a Macomb Area Conference Red Division championship.

Macomb Dakota is another title contender.

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