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December 19, 2013
City foes Grosse Pointe South and University Liggett met in last weekend’s Robichaud Classic at Dearborn Heights Robichaud High School.

Each team was scheduled to face a different squad, but a snowstorm forced a change of schedule.

“We needed a game, so we decided to play (Grosse Pointe) South,” Liggett head coach Omar Ahart said. “It worked out for both of us and it was a good game.

“Once again we played well for the most part, but a five-minute lapse did us in. It was like that in our opener.”

The Knights led 30-29 at the half, but the Blue Devils put together a strong second half.

The Blue Devils outscored the Knights 22-15 behind the efforts of junior guard Cierra Rice, who finished with a game-high 22 points. Junior Aliezza Brown followed with 9 points and senior Bre Andrews had 8.

“We survived,” South head coach Kevin Richards said. He is nearing the end of his six-game suspension and returns to the bench Friday, Dec. 20, at home against Romeo.

Liggett was led by junior Jessica Rotzoll, who had 15 points, and freshman Nia Ahart, who had 10 points, 10 assists and 7 assists.

Liggett dropped to 0-2 overall.

South returned home around midnight and had to return to Robichaud for a noon game. It was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. but it was moved up two hours, leaving the Blue Devils to play two games in 14 hours.

Despite playing with tired legs, South beat a good Chicago Bogan squad 58-41, improving to 5-0 overall.

The backcourt duo of Rice and Brown paved the way, scoring 21 and 9 points, and Andrews had eight.

During the five-game winning streak, South also defeated Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 61-58, Port Huron Northern 56-49 and Farmington Hills Harrison 61-55.

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