South sophomore Anna Carmody, No. 4, is getting more comfortable with her role on the Blue Devils' varsity basketball team. photo by Paul Kania.
January 16, 2014Junior starters Aliezza Brown and Cierra Rice combined to score 27 points, which was just enough alone to edge out the Sterling Heights Stevenson Titans 27-23.
When you add in the other scorers, South won 68-23 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division contest.
"We played better. We got a lot of production out of the five-spot from (junior) Tamira McCoy-Motton, as well as (sophomore) Benna Ames." said head coach Kevin Richards.
Ames played especially well, going 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points, 12 rebounds and a block.
On a night where the team didn't shoot its best, the girls made up for it with defensive pressure as four of Stevenson's first five possessions ended in turnovers.
The Blue Devils would either steal the ball or one instance, the player just stepped out of bounds.
While leading the team in scoring, Brown and Rice both finished 4-of-11 from the field, with Brown canning a three earlier in the game. Rice had 14 points and Brown 13.
Senior Bre Andrews contributed eight points and seven rebounds to the cause off the bench, as well.
Ames finished with 10 points, while McCoy-Motton had eight and Natalia Engel had seven.
Earlier in the week, South had a chance to play a team it beat three times last year, including in a Class A regional championship game, Macomb Dakota.
All three games were close, hard fought battles, but this one turned into a laugher as South blasted host Dakota 64-21.
It was 15-2 after the first quarter and 36-12 at the half.
The Blue Devils put an exclamation mark on the victory by outscoring the Cougars 18-7 in the third quarter and 10-2 in the fourth as everyone played and chipped in.
Brown led three players in double figures, scoring 20 points, followed by Rice with 17 and Anna Carmody with 10.
Andrews just missed, scoring nine.
Grosse Pointe South improved to 3-0 in the MAC Red Division and 10-1 overall.