Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Knights earn win over Saginaw

by Fletcher Sharpe Special Writer

February 07, 2013

Behind a strong first quarter from their lead guard, University Liggett girls’ basketball team blew by Saginaw, 56-40, last week.

The host Knights got out to a fast start, thanks to sophomore guard Lola Ristovski.

“Lola came out and made shots,” said head coach Omar Ahart. “She came out aggressive like she had a chip on her shoulder. Typically, she gets a lot in the transition game, but this was her first strong game in the half-court set this year.”

Ristovski scored 11 of her team’s 13 first-quarter points.

The tide seemed to change when Saginaw’s Kenisha Newsom hit a three pointer to cut into Liggett’s lead before Lola’s older sister Haleigh put on a prime all-around effort.

Haleigh Ristovski finished with eight points, nine assists, five rebounds, eight steals and five blocks, with all five of them coming at key moments.

“Haleigh did everything tonight besides scoring,” Ahart said. “She rebounded well, and although she wasn’t scoring like usual, she gave us an added value tonight.”

Lola Ristovski finished with 23 points and could have possibly added on to her great feat if she had not collected four early fouls.

Also contributing to the scoring was freshman guard Kendall McConico (seven points, three rebounds) and sophomore gunner Jessica Rotzoll, who shot early and often.

“Once she heats up, she can get on a roll.” laughed Ahart. “If she misses a few early, she gets a little shaken, but once she hits her first, she can rattle off seven in a row.”

Rotzoll finished with 12 points, with nine coming on three three pointers, with the latter two coming in the late moments of the game. She also added three steals.

“We wanted to keep playing our style this game,” stated Ahart. “We wanted to apply full-court pressure after our makes, even though they were bigger and faster than us. We wanted to throw the first punch and see how they reacted, and they staggered, which allowed us to switch into some zone later.”

Liggett is 8-3 overall.