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January 31, 2013
Grosse Pointe North’s girls’ basketball team pitched a first-quarter shutout in last week’s 49-21 pasting of Romeo.

The host Norsemen led 15-0 after the first quarter after junior Maria Liddane drilled a three-pointer from the corner as time expired.

Head coach Gary Bennett’s squad kept up the intensity in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 14-8 to lead 29-8 at halftime.

They never let up and continued to force turnovers and convert easy baskets in the second half to win the Macomb Area Conference Red Division game with relative ease.

The Norsemen forced 29 turnovers, while committing only 10, and they nearly made as many three-pointers, five, as Romeo made baskets in the game.

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“I thought we played solid team defense with a lot of pressure on the ball,” Bennett said. “The girls worked hard collectively. We’re also doing a better job of converting transition baskets. There is more flow to our offensive game and we are getting more comfortable with the ball.”

Senior Taryn Kiah and junior Jayla Hubbard scored 11 points apiece to lead the Norsemen, while Liddane finished with eight points. Senior Stavi Varlamos added five points and six other players scored points for the home team.

Earlier in the week, North had to come from behind to beat Chippewa Valley. It trailed 26-22 at halftime, but outscored the Big Reds 25-7 in the third quarter to take control of the contest.

Kiah poured in a season-high 30 points and Liddane had 15 points and six assists as Grosse Pointe North improved to 3-3 in the MAC Red Division and 6-7 overall.

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