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Norsemen battle, but fall to Cougars

February 14, 2013
Grosse Pointe North's girls' basketball team did nearly everything right in its home game last week against highly-ranked Macomb Dakota.

The Norsemen forced 27 turnovers and had many easy basket opportunities.

Unfortunately for head coach Gary Bennett and the Norsemen, most of those easy-basket opportunities were misses and the end result was a 50-42 loss.

“Poor shooting has been a problem the past couple of games,” Bennett said. “We have to convert those opportunities. The girls are playing very hard and I'm proud of their effort. However, we have to make those baskets.”

The Norsemen led 15-14 after the first quarter, but fell behind 25-23 at the half.

The Cougars used their superior low-post size to stretch their lead to eight points, 34-30, midway through the third quarter, but senior Jenna Paglino hit back-to-back baskets to make it 34-30 game and the Norsemen reclaimed some momentum.

After several misses in the paint, the Norsemen found themselves down double-digits as the Cougars used their fast-break abilities to score easy baskets.

The Norsemen did cut the deficit to seven points and had possession, but a missed three-pointer with a minute left was converted into a clinching hoop on the other end.

Junior Maria Liddane had 11 points to lead the Norsemen. Seniors Stavi Varlamos and Francesca Ciaramitaro scored six points apiece, followed by junior Taryn Kiah with five, sophomore Megan Lesha with four, Paglino with four, freshman Erin Armbruster with three and junior Jayla Hubbard with three.

Grosse Pointe North dropped to 4-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 7-9 overall.

Up next for the Norsemen is a 7 p.m. home game Friday, Feb. 15, against Chippewa Valley.

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