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Grosse Pointe South senior Claire DeBoer goes up for two of her 11 points in the Blue Devils’ win over city rival Grosse Pointe North. Photo by Bob Bruce
January 24, 2013
Grosse Pointe South’s girls’ basketball team survived a major scare from city rival Grosse Pointe in last weekend’s Macomb Area Conference Red Division tilt which it won 42-35.

The host and underdog Norsemen led 11-8 after the first quarter and 19-16 at the half after junior Maria Liddane drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer.

They had all the momentum and it was a matter of adjustments.

“We had to tighten up on “D” and force the tempo,” South head coach Kevin Richards said. “They had the tempo, passing the ball and being patient on offense. Gary (Bennett) had them ready to play.”

Richards’ adjustments worked to perfection as the Blue Devils used a 16-6 third quarter to take a 32-25 lead.

The Norsemen made a run in the fourth quarter and back-to-back three-pointers by Liddane and senior Taryn Kiah brought the home team within four points, 36-32, midway through the final stanza.

The Blue Devils finally put the Norsemen away, scoring six straight points to take a 10-point lead with only 1:21 left in the game.

“My kids worked very hard and I value hard work ethic,” North head coach Gary Bennett said. “We played a good first half and even though we lost, the girls know they played hard against a good team.”

Sophomore Cierra Rice led South with 16 points and five rebounds, while senior Claire DeBoer had 11 points. She made only two field goals and seven free throws.

Junior Bre Andrews had five points, followed by sophomore Aliezza Brown with four and sophomore Katie Kish with three.

Kish hit one of the biggest baskets in the game, nailing a three-pointer that gave the Blue Devils all the momentum and a 32-23 advantage late in the third quarter.

For North, Liddane had 11 points, followed by Kiah and senior Stavi Varlamos with nine points apiece, senior Emily Armbruster with five points and junior Jayla Hubbard with one point.

Kiah also had seven rebounds.

The turnover battle was nearly even with North committing 18 and South 17, but it was at the free-throw line were the Blue Devils had the advantage, making 9-of-15 compared to 5-of-7 for the Norsemen.

The rematch is Tuesday, Feb. 12, at South.

Earlier in the week, South destroyed Utica 53-16 as it improved to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the MAC Red Division.

Rice had 12 points and DeBoer 11 to lead the Blue Devils. Senior Emily Satterfield chipped in with a season-high eight points.

North played at Macomb Dakota earlier in the week and lost 57-48, falling to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the MAC Red Division.

Kiah had 21 points and Liddane 14 to lead the Norsemen.

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