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North’s Emily Armbruster dribbles by a defender during the Norsemen’s big win over Cousino.
January 17, 2013
Grosse Pointe North had no trouble disposing of Warren Cousino last week, winning 45-27.

“We had a good push that really gave us the momentum we needed, but overall it was a sloppy effort,” head coach Gary Bennett said.

The host Norsemen used a 17-0 run that lasted from the middle of the first quarter to near the end of the second stanza to take a 20-4 lead.

The Patriots were stuck on four points for more than 10 minutes.

It could have been worse if it wasn’t for the Norsemen committing its share of turnovers. For the game, Cousino had 30 turnovers and North 26.

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The Norsemen led 8-4 after a rough first quarter, but used a barrage of defensive pressure to up their advantage to double digits, 22-12, at the half.

A 13-5 third quarter broke open a close game and the advantage turned into 16 points, 33-17.

Neither team could get into an offensive flow in the fourth quarter, but the Norsemen had such a big lead it didn’t matter.

The team had quite the scoring balance with junior Maria Liddane leading the way with 10 points, followed by freshman Erin Armbruster with seven.

Senior Stavi Varlamos and junior Jayla Hubbard had six points apiece, followed by senior Taryn Kiah with four, senior Emily Armbruster with four, senior Anna Giordano with two, sophomore Megan Lesha with two, junior Phoebe Dodge with two and senior Francesca Ciaramitaro with two.

Earlier in the week, North dropped a tough 47-46 overtime game to league foe Utica Ford.

Kiah had 13 points to lead the Norsemen, followed by Liddane with nine and Varlamos with eight.

Grosse Pointe North fell to 1-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and is 4-5 overall.

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