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Junior forward Megan Lesha is going to have to pick up the pace in the absence of all-state point guard Maria Liddane. photo by Bob Bruce.

December 26, 2013
Sophomore Erin Armbruster had a career game as she powered the Grosse Pointe North girls' basketball team over the Titans of Sterling Heights Stevenson, 48-22, last week.

It was the Macomb Area Conference Red Division opener for both squads.

"Erin has tremendously improved from last year to this year," stated head coach Gary Bennett. "She has a high motor, and is active all the time. You love to coach the kids with high motors, because they listen. She's really easy to coach. She has a big effect on the game, because of her motor."

Armbruster scored 23 points, as well as had seven rebounds, six steals, two assists, and a block.

Part of her growth as a player can be attributed to Bennett, who moved Armbruster's position on the court from the paint to the wing.

"She's becoming more complete. I moved her to the perimeter because she needs to work on her face up game some more." Bennett said. Armbruster started along side the Lesha sisters, Megan and Lauren, and Dodge sisters, Lucy and Phoebe. The lineup contained Stevenson's shifty point guard Madeline Brender, and limited her to just six points. Sophomore Lucy Dodge finished with five points and three rebounds, while older sister Phoebe finished with two points and two steals.

Megan and Lauren Lesha finished with a combined four points, four rebounds and three steals.

"We played well at some parts, and not so well at others, but we played well enough to win." Bennett chuckled. "It's always good to get a win going into Christmas break. These are the positive things you remember."

Earlier in the week, Grosse Pointe North defeated Livonia Ladywood 50-27 as Lucy Dodge scored a career-high 17 points in her first varsity start.

The Norsemen used their pressure defense to create havoc for the Blazers. Dodge benefited from the extended playing time by collecting seven steals to help the team pull away and earn their first road win of the season.

Megan Lesha chipped in with eight points and four steals, while Lauren Lesha had seven points.

Phoebe Dodge contributed six points and four assists, and Armbruster had eight rebounds. Junior Kayla Barnes did an outstanding job defensively to help the Norsemen give up only 27 points.

Grosse Pointe North improved to 1-0 in the MAC Red Division and 4-2 overall.

Upcoming for the Norsemen is an away game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, against division foe Utica Ford.

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